Lt. Gov. Hochul known as a powerhouse among Long Island groups
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is set to become the first female New York governor in two weeks. Among some Long Island groups, she is known as a real powerhouse.
Hochul is well-known to several organizations on Long Island that deal with women and family issues. She currently chairs the statewide child care availability task force and has worked closely with the child care councils in Nassau and Suffolk. Hochul is also considered a strong ally for victims of both domestic abuse and sexual violence on college campuses.
Those who have worked with her describe her as not only a powerhouse but also as someone who is full of energy and on point.
"She definitely gets that child care is a critical issue, not just for families but for our overall economic growth," says Jennifer Rojas, executive director of the Suffolk Child Care Council. "And I believe she will stick with it. She has to not back down. She has pushed it forward, and she is taking a leadership role to make sure that it's not just a women's issue but that it's our whole society's issue, and relating it to our economy I think is key."
Keith Scott, of the Safe Center, says Hochul spearheaded the Enough is Enough campaign in 2015. The campaign mandated that college campuses provide sexual assault and prevention programming on campuses in addition to having resources on campuses for victims of sexual abuse.
Hochul is also considered a champion of women's reproductive rights.
"She has always supported our events and come out and talked about the importance of reproductive rights and access, and so she's always been a huge supporter of really uplifting that as a women's issue," says Robin Chappelle, president and CEO of Golston Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts.
Those who have worked with Hochul say she has a keen sense of what's going on in communities no matter their location in the state.