Governor of New York

head of state and of government of the U.S. state of New York

The governor of New York is the head of state and head of government of the U.S. state of New York and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor is also the chairperson of the gubernatorial cabinet.[2]

Governor of New York
Seal of the Governor of New York
Flag of the Governor of New York
Kathy Hochul

since August 24, 2021[1]
Government of New York
ResidenceNew York State Executive Mansion
Term lengthFour years, no term limit
Constituting instrumentNew York Constitution of 1777
PrecursorRoyal Governor of the Province of New York
Inaugural holderGeorge Clinton
FormationJuly 30, 1777
(246 years ago)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of New York
Salary$225,000 annually
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Kathy Hochul is the 57th and current governor of New York, in office since August 2021.

Power and duties


The governor has a duty to enforce state laws and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the New York State Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment. Unlike the other government departments that compose the executive branch of government, the governor is the head of the state Executive Department.

Eligibility and requirements


Under the New York State Constitution, a person must:

  • be at least 30 years of age and a United States citizen
  • a resident of the state of New York for at least five years

Election process


The governor is elected by the people through the popular election to a four-year term, along with the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate or the incumbent lieutenant governor as their running mate. The gubernatorial candidate or incumbent governor must have the majority of the popular vote in order to win the election.

Line of succession


If the governor dies, reigns, or is impeached, the lieutenant governor ranks first in the succession will assume the power and duties as governor.


  1. Reyes, Yacob (24 August 2021). "Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor". Axios. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  2. "Governor of New York". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2023-10-06.