Curtis Sliwa Vows to Cover Every New York 'Andrew Cuomo' Sign With 'Kathy Hochul' Stickers

New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa has begun replacing Governor Andrew Cuomo's name on official signage following the governor's resignation.

Sliwa, a Republican, shared a video of himself at Pier 76 in the city's Hudson River Park on Facebook live on Tuesday. He can be seen placing stickers bearing the name of Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul over Cuomo's name on an official sign.

Hochul will succeed Cuomo as governor once his resignation takes effect later this month, becoming the state's first female governor. Sliwa has expressed a wish to work with Hochul if he becomes mayor.

In his video, Sliwa discussed Cuomo's resignation and welcomed Hochul as the new governor.

Sliwa then knelt in front of the Pier 76 sign that had Cuomo's name on it, just above the name of the state's commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation, Erik Kulleseid.

"This is signage that is evident almost everywhere across the state of New York, where the state has any kind of facility, park—any kind of edifice, any kind of building," Sliwa said.

"Let this be the first of many changes to come for the incoming governor, lieutenant governor now, Kathy Hochul," he said.

Sliwa picked up two stickers, one reading "Kathy" and the other "Hochul" in large black letters, and affixed them to the sign over Cuomo's name.

"This will be the first name change of the many changes I'll make," Sliwa said, listing some of his possible targets: Verrazzano Bridge, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, RFK Bridge and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa covers up Cuomo’s name on New York State Pier 76 plaque, replacing it w/ name of incoming Governor Kathy Hochul

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"Everywhere the name Governor Andrew Cuomo is, within the next two weeks, I will personally change it to the incoming governor's, Kathy Hochul, wishing her the best of luck, working in solidarity with her as the next mayor of the city of New York and repairing all the damage inflicted upon us by former Governor Andrew Cuomo," he added.

Sliwa is the founder of the Guardian Angels, a nonprofit unarmed crime prevention organization. He won the Republican nomination for New York City mayor in June and will face Democrat and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the election on November 2.

Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he would resign from office effective in 14 days. His decision follows a report supervised by New York Attorney General Letitia James that found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women. Cuomo denies any wrongdoing.

Hochul issued a statement following Cuomo's announcement on Tuesday, saying: "I agree with Governor Cuomo's decision to step down. It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers."

"As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State's 57th Governor," Hochul said.

Newsweek has asked the office of Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for comment.

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