Cuomo To Step Down As New York Gov In 14 Days
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he would step down in 14 days after a searing investigation found he had sexually harassed nearly a dozen women, leaving Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as the state’s first woman governor.
Photo Insert: Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a NY National Guard brieifing.
In reports that filtered in through a bunch of New York Times reporters, Cuomo may yet find himself a slew of criminal cases as Federal investigators are looking at the handling of nursing home data.
The state attorney general is looking at state resources used for his pandemic memoir. And local DAs are considering sex harassment charges.
Michael Gold reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio, who clashed frequently with the governor, applauded Cuomo’s resignation, saying: “It was past time for Andrew Cuomo to resign and it’s for the good of all New York.”
Johanna Barr also reported Hochul as saying “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down. It is the right thing to do." Karen Hinton, who accused Cuomo of inappropriate touching, told Jeff Mays she was not “celebrating” his resignation.
“But I do celebrate power of women who came forward.” Cuomo has denied her accusations.
Luis Ferré Sadurní said if Cuomo is impeached and convicted, lawmakers could have barred him from running for statewide office. By resigning, he preserves the ability to run.
In an analysis, Katie Glueck said “for years Andrew M. Cuomo amassed power ruthlessly and effectively, crushing his opponents — real or perceived — using any extraordinary means he deemed necessary. But one week after a report released by the New York Attorney General’s office said that Mr. Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women, the man who had controlled Albany politics with an iron fist for more than a decade was out of moves.”