New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to Resign in Two Weeks
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a press conference on Tuesday that he will resign in 14 days as the fallout from multiple sexual harassment allegations thickens.
“I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you,” Cuomo said.
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul – a former United States Congresswoman from Buffalo – will step in as New York’s first woman governor for the remainder of Cuomo’s historic third term, which ends in 2022.
“This transition must be seamless,” Cuomo said, calling Hochul smart and competent. “She can come up to speed quickly.”
Cuomo also addressed his three daughters.
“I want them to know from the bottom of my heart that I never did and I never would intentionally disrespect a woman, treat any woman differently than I would want them treated and that is the God’s honest truth,” said Cuomo. “Your dad made mistakes. And he apologized, and he learned from it and that’s what life is all about.”
Cuomo has been fiercely denying any wrongdoing since the release of New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s damning report last week which chronicled a years-long pattern of abuse of power and sexual misconduct of numerous women by the governor.
A surging number of Democrats throughout the country such as President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and both of New York’s United States Senators – Kirsten Gillibrand and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – have been demanding that Cuomo either quit or be impeached and removed by the New York State General Assembly. State and local Democratic Party leaders have also been calling upon Cuomo to step down.
Cuomo’s troubles, however, are only just beginning.
On Saturday, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said that Cuomo could face “a couple” of misdemeanor charges following a criminal complaint that was filed this week by a former staffer, who accused Cuomo of groping her at the New York State Executive Mansion last year.
The complaint by “Executive Assistant #1” is still in a “very infant stage” and that “we have a lot of fact-finding to do. We’re going to conduct a very comprehensive investigation,” Apple explained.
“From what I have read so far, I can say we’re floating around a misdemeanor, but that’s just from the Attorney General’s report,” Apple said. “We haven’t had an in-depth interview with her,” stressing that “at this point, I’m very comfortable and safe saying she is, in fact, a victim.”