Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment by eleven women

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment by eleven women

Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday following accusations of sexual harassment from eleven different women.

Democratic Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul will serve the rest of Cuomo’s term, becoming the first female governor in New York State’s history.

“New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York, and I love you,” said Cuomo in a press release. “And everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love, and I never want to be unhelpful in any way. And I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now, is if I step aside and let government get back to governing, and therefore that’s what I’ll do. Because I work for you, and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you.”

The harassment accusations came to a head last week after state Attorney General Letitia James released a report detailing instances of eleven women being sexually harassed by Cuomo, a Democrat. As a result, top Democrats including President Joe Biden had called on Cuomo to resign.

“I became a fighter for you,” Cuomo said in the release. “And it is in your best interest that I must serve. This situation by its current trajectory will generate months of political and legal controversy. That is what’s going to happen. That is how the political wind is blowing. It will consume the government. It will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. It will brutalize people. The state assembly yesterday outlined weeks of process that will then lead to months of litigation. Time and money that the government should spend managing Covid. Guarding against the delta variant. Reopening up the state. Fighting gun violence. And saving New York City. All that time would be wasted. This is one of the most challenging times for government in a generation. Government really needs to function today.”