New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday following a months-long investigation into allegations of harassment and improper conduct.
Facing the threat of impeachment, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday, after a months-long investigation into allegations of harassment and improper conduct.
The three-term governor has been facing calls to resign after Attorney General Letitia James released a report detailing multiple allegations of harassment and inappropriate behavior by the governor. The decision was announced as momentum built in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment.
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing, and therefore, that’s what I’ll do,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo still faces the possibility of criminal charges, with a number of prosecutors around the state moving to investigate him.
Cuomo is facing significant scrutiny for his administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. In March 2020, Cuomo’s Department of Health issued a directive forbidding nursing homes from turning away patients on the basis of a positive coronavirus test, causing the death toll among nursing home residents to rocket into the thousands.
The governor will be succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a 62-year-old Democrat and former member of Congress from the Buffalo area. She will become the state’s 57th governor and the first woman to hold the post.
Cuomo’s resignation will take effect in 14 days.