New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns in wake of harassment report

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns in wake of harassment report
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Following increasing pressure after an inquiry found that he sexually harassed multiple women, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned from his chair.

While continuing to deny the claims, he said: “The best way I can help now is if I step aside.”

His resignation will take effect in 14 days.

After his resignation comes into effect, Lt Governor Kathy Hochul will become the first woman to lead New York state.

Andrew Cuomo had been facing mounting pressure to resign from fellow Democrats, including President Biden.

Just a year ago he was basking in adulation as millions of Americans tuned in daily to his no-nonsense televised briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Cuomo is the third governor of New York in a row to leave office under a cloud of scandal.

The independent investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found that the 63-year-old governor sexually harassed 11 women, including state employees.

Women alleged that Mr Cuomo inappropriately touched or groped them, made sexual comments and kissed them without consent.

The report led many prominent Democrats to turn against Mr Cuomo, including Senate leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and New York’s two US senators.

His fellow Democrats from New York had begun plans to impeach him as he is still facing criminal investigations relating to the harassment claims.

As Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday, he continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment but said he wanted to “deeply, deeply” apologise to any women who may have been offended by his actions.

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