New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Resignation

By: Alyssa Wilson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will resign in two weeks due to the political controversy from sexual harassment allegations against him.  

Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference where he addressed the allegations. He said, “In my mind, I’ve never crossed a line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent in which the line has been redrawn.”  

He also said the “most serious allegations” made against him have no “credible factual basis in the report,” citing a difference between “alleged improper conduct and concluding sexual harassment.”  

The allegations stem from a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office detailing his behavior of sexually harassing 11 women. 

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“Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” the report said.   

On Friday, one of the 11 women filed a criminal complaint against him in Albany, accusing him of groping her breast at the state’s Executive Mansion in Albany. She also told investigators that the governor acted inappropriately by kissing and hugging her.   

RELATED: Governor Cuomo Accuser Files Criminal Complaint Against Him in Albany  

James released the following statement: “Today closes a sad chapter for all New York, but it’s an important step towards justice. I thank Governor Cuomo for his contributions to our state. The ascension of our Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, will help New York enter a new day. We must continue to build on the progress already made and improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the state. I know our state is in good hands with Lieutenant Governor Hochul at the helm, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

RELATED: Kathy Hochul to Become First Female Governor of NY, Following Cuomo Resignation

His resignation will make Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul the state’s first female governor. She released a statement on Twitter saying she agrees with Cuomo’s decision to step down. “As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”  

BNC chief legal correspondent Dr. Laura McNeal said the comments Cuomo made in the appearance support his accusers’ claims. She also said now that he has resigned, the strategy changes. “The strategy now is to keep him from getting sued,” McNeal says. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he settles out of court with a lot of these women, essentially just to make it go away.”  

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.   

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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