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NY's lieutenant governor says she's not seeking higher office -- for now

Matt Ryan
New York Now
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul being interviewed by Karen DeWitt

The state’s lieutenant governor, in an interview with New York State Public Radio and TV,  says she’s not harboring ambitions to be the state’s first woman governor.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says she doesn’t know when the state’s proverbial glass ceiling will be broken, and New York will have a woman in charge of the chief executive post,  but she says it’s unlikely that it will be her who reaches that milestone.

“I don’t harbor higher ambitions,” Hochul said.

The former western New York congresswoman says when she lost her seat in the conservative-leaning district over her support of Obamacare, she did not expect to be back in elected office, until Gov. Andrew Cuomo contacted her to replace the retiring Robert Duffy, and she says she’s content with that.

“I’m going to embrace it,” she said. “I’m going to enjoy the three and a half years I have left, because I know, in my business, that can be the end of the game.”

Hochul’s been very busy traveling the state to promote economic growth, and Cuomo’s agenda.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.