Gov. Kathy Hochul career path littered with lucky breaks

Gov. Kathy Hochul career path littered with lucky breaks


It’s been a series of fortunate events for Gov. Hochul.

The 63-year-old upstater rose to the top job in Albany after a career spent falling into ever-greater professional achievements.

“She’s like the Forrest Gump of New York state politics — but without the ping-pong skills,” said one Republican elected official who knows her.

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The good news started for Hochul in 1994 when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the five-member Hamburg Town Board, which governs a Buffalo ‘burb of 56,000 people. She filled a seat left open when Patrick H. Hoak resigned to become the town supervisor. She was 35 years old. She already had an active career in Democratic politics and her husband William Hochul was a rising Democratic player serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of New York.

Thomas Quatroche, who is today CEO of Erie County Medical Center, served with Hochul on the town board during

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