New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is "stepping aside" from his current role as governor of New York. Cuomo's resignation comes less than two weeks after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a 165-page report that claims he "sexually harassed multiple women and violated state law." Immediately after the report was released, several of Washington, D.C.'s elite called for Cuomo to resign.

"Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the governor to resign," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated.

“I think he should resign...I understand that the state Legislature may decide to impeach, I don’t know that for a fact. I haven’t read all that data," President Joe Biden added.

As he stepped away from his post, Cuomo addressed the investigation that led to the report James filed, calling it "politically motivated." Ultimately, he concluded that it would be best to step away because he would "never want to be unhelpful in any way."

"I'm a New Yorker, born and bred. I'm a fighter and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful and I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society," he told his constituents.

"New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York, and I love you. I would never want to be unhelpful in any way."

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take his place as governor. Prior to holding the office of governor, Hochul has spent time in Congress, worked as an attorney and served as legal counsel for congressmen Daniel Patrick Moynihan and John Joseph LaFalce. At a glance, she has supported raising the minimum wage to $15 and lead the state's "Enough Is Enough" campaign against sexual assault. In contrast, she has been endorsed by the NRA and opposed granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. With this latest development, Hochul will be the first woman to serve as governor of New York.

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