Embattled Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is resigning from his post as the Empire State’s top elected official after a state attorney general’s report found he sexually harassed multiple women.
Cuomo made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday. The well-known leader said his resignation would become effective in 14 days, at which point current Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, will be sworn in as his replacement.
The announcement comes as calls for Cuomo’s resignation have intensified in recent days amid a sexual harassment scandal. Last week, Democratic New York State Attorney General Letitia James published a report concluding that Cuomo violated federal and state laws by sexually harassing multiple women while in office and threatening retaliation against one of his alleged victims.
The resignation commences a dramatic fall from grace for Cuomo, a three-term governor who has been heralded by Democratic political figures and mainstream media networks during the coronavirus pandemic and was once considered a formidable potential candidate for president.
The New York Times called Cuomo’s resignation “an astonishing reversal of fortune for one of the nation’s best-known leaders.”
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