For the 12th time in the past 20 years, New York this week got a new lieutenant governor. Acting lieutenant governor, yes — but: still.
Perhaps you were under the impression that the position came with a four-year term in office. Well, you are correct! But, since the beginning of 2003, only two lieutenant governors have actually served a full, January-to-January-four-years-later term. On average, the state’s second-highest ranking executives have lasted only about 500 days on average, almost always either because they were caught up in nefarious activity or because the governor was, meaning that they were tapped for the top job.