After a decade in power, New York Governor Cuomo has announced he will be stepping down, after an investigation found him guilty of sexual harassment including almost a dozen women. After giving his two weeks notice, Cuomo will officially leave office on August 24th.
Upon concluding the results of the investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James stated violations of both state and federal law.
“This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law,” James said upon the report’s release. “No man – no matter how powerful – can be allowed to harass women or violate our human rights.”
The Fall of Cuomo
“Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing, and I cannot be the cause of that,” Cuomo said.
“New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York, and I love you,” Cuomo said. “I would never want to be unhelpful in any way, and I think given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing, and therefore, thats what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you,”
Cuomo’s lawyer stated there was no evidence against Cuomo. He has officially stepped down from his position.
Still, despite his resignation, critics demand prosecution.
The Rise of Hochul
Kathy Hochul will become NYC’s first female Governor, following her announcement that she will be taking over for former governor Cuomo following his resignation. “At the end of my term, whenever it ends, no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment,” Ms. Hochul said
“It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers,” she said. “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.”