Kathy Hochul is the 57th and first female Governor of New York State. Governor Kathy Hochul began her career in public service on her local Town Board before serving as Erie County Clerk, and then as a member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District. She more recently served in statewide office as Lieutenant Governor and now as the first female Governor of the State of New York.

Governor Hochul has been a longtime supporter of Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) and an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly our young people. Her interactions with our youth during visits to our campus in the past have given them a sense of hope and reassurance, knowing that elected officials do care about their well-being. We’re grateful to Governor Hochul for her commitment to HMI and her time she has shared with our LGBTQIA+ youth.