NEW YORK (AP) (UPDATED) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19.
The three-term Democratic governor’s decision, which will take effect in two weeks, was announced Tuesday as momentum built in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment.
It came after New York’s attorney general released the results of an investigation that found Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.
Cuomo called some of the allegations fabricated and forcefully denying he touched anyone inappropriately. He continued to defend himself from what he said were “unfair” and “untruthful” allegations, even as he announced he would resign from office. He said “wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing. And I cannot be the cause of that.”
Cuomo will leave office in two weeks, and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will assume the post. She will be the first female governor in the state's history.
Watch Cuomo's full address to New Yorkers below:
Addressing the people of New York. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/0DOItVsW23
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 10, 2021