Kathy Hochul - who is expected to become New York governor later this month - intends to run for a full four-year term in 2022.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced he planned to resign effective August 24. Lieutenant governor Hochul would succeed him through his third term which runs through the end of next year.

Hochul told NBC News Thursday morning said she expects to run for governor in the 2022 election.

Hochul, who will be the first female governor of New York, said she "will not be distracted" by the controversy surrounding Cuomo, including the debate as to whether he should be impeached.

Hochul said she wants the "process to play out independently" while she focuses on  her priority of addressing the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the state.

99.1 The Whale logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com or (607) 772-8400 extension 233.

For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

LOOK: Milestones in women's history from the year you were born

Women have left marks on everything from entertainment and music to space exploration, athletics, and technology. Each passing year and new milestone makes it clear both how recent this history-making is in relation to the rest of the country, as well as how far we still need to go. The resulting timeline shows that women are constantly making history worthy of best-selling biographies and classroom textbooks; someone just needs to write about them.

Scroll through to find out when women in the U.S. and around the world won rights, the names of women who shattered the glass ceiling, and which country's women banded together to end a civil war.

LOOK: What major laws were passed the year you were born?

Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.

More From 99.1 The Whale