Local, state lawmakers react to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation

Here are the responses from local and state leaders after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he'd be resigning.

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 1:31 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2021 11:32 AM

Local and state lawmakers responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation Tuesday:

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, R-NY

“It is a sad day for the State of New York. There are still many troubling questions that need to be answered and Governor Cuomo should be held accountable. We are living in crucial times, and above all else, our state government must function without distraction or dishonor. The people of New York deserve better.

“We now have to collectively pick up the pieces and get New York back on track. Challenging times are ahead and I am confident that Lt. Governor Hochul is up to the task. She is an Upstater who understands local governments and has always been a strong and reliable partner to Oneida County. I look forward to working with her to move our community and state forward.”

Marianne Buttenschon, D-119

Speaking with NEWSChannel 2 on Tuesday, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, in part, "I knew it was going to happen, I just didn't know when. I was really hoping it would've happened some time last week but I'm glad it finally came to an end and we can move forward."

Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101

“Gov. Cuomo finally stepping down is ultimately for the good of New York and something I am glad to see finally happening. This resignation is a definitive new beginning. We deserve a better leader.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY

“First and foremost, I want to thank the incredibly courageous women who came forward and shared their stories. They are the true public servants here. New York now has a chance to move forward and build a new culture of leadership. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is an exceptional public servant and will be an excellent governor. I look forward to working together to continue serving the people of our great state.”

Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47

“A disgraceful, disappointing and unfortunate chapter in the history of state government has ended with the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had lost credibility and whose conduct and behavior was unacceptable. This resignation was a needed and necessary action to meet the challenges confronting New York and we cannot sit idle now. There is still much work to be done, especially as we continue to confront and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. I look forward to working with incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul to ensure that the Mohawk Valley and North Country receive the attention they deserve and that our communities have access to the resources that they need to rebuild, grow and flourish for years to come.”

Congressman Claudia Tenney, R-22

“The corrupt reign of King Cuomo is over at last, but the fight for justice and accountability is just beginning,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Investigations into Cuomo’s abuse of power, corruption, and criminal misconduct must continue. Cuomo should be immediately prosecuted, not just for sexual harassment and assault, but also for his deadly nursing home policies and subsequent cover up. Every principled District Attorney in the state with a conscience must now prove to New Yorkers that there is not a two-tiered justice system in this state. Albany’s political ruling class must finally be held to the same standards as the rest of us.

“Those who aided and abetted Cuomo over these many years must also answer for their crimes and corruption,” Tenney continued. “Cuomo’s criminal operation was not a one-man show. His actions were made possible by the support of his corrupt cronies and the acquiescence of elected and appointed leaders around him. They should all be held accountable.

“Now is an opportunity for our great state – the Empire State – to look to the future and rebuild after more than a decade of Cuomo’s failed leadership,” Tenney concluded. “Over a million New Yorkers fled this majestic state under Cuomo. New York’s budget ballooned by nearly 60% and taxes, fees, and regulations on families, small businesses, and farms skyrocketed. Cuomo centralized unprecedented power in Albany. He weaponized state agencies against his political opponents and used economic development funds as his own personal war chest. Without the country’s most corrupt and abusive governor at the helm of our state, today marks a new chapter for New York.”

Attorney General Letitia James, D-NY

“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it’s an important step towards justice.

“I thank Governor Cuomo for his contributions to our state. The ascension of our Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, will help New York enter a new day. We must continue to build on the progress already made and improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the state. I know our state is in good hands with Lieutenant Governor Hochul at the helm, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

Sen. Rob Ortt, R-62

"Today marks one small step toward restoring honor, decency, and accountability to New York State government. I hope today also brings some measure of justice to the brave women who had the courage to come forward against a powerful and vindictive political figure.

"Over the past year, Andrew Cuomo’s credibility completely fell apart. Now, following his overdue resignation, it will never be repaired. The Governor’s pervasive harassment and coverups cast a dark cloud over our State Capitol and took us away from the important work facing this state.

"Andrew Cuomo broke the law, lied about it, and shamelessly smeared the women who came forward. His resignation is welcome, but it stops short of the justice his victims and the people of New York deserve. The FBI, the State Attorney General, and other proper authorities must also be allowed to continue their work investigating all of the possible crimes related to our state’s nursing homes crisis and the Governor’s questionable book deal. The Legislature must examine the Cuomo administration’s many failings in public forums as soon as possible so that these abuses of power will never happen under another administration.

"We must also acknowledge the fact that the Democrats in the Legislature failed to hold Andrew Cuomo or his administration accountable, despite our repeated calls to do so.

"Well after the numerous credible allegations were made against Andrew Cuomo, Democrats in both the Senate and Assembly stood by him, normalizing his behavior and enabling him to cling to power. I hope those in the Legislature - and other powerful figures around the state - reflect on their own actions in response to Andrew Cuomo’s disturbing behavior. The vocal support and the deafening silence of many helped keep Andrew Cuomo in power far longer than he deserved.

"In 14 days we will have our first female Governor. I’d like to congratulate Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a fellow Western New Yorker, on becoming the first woman to assume leadership of this state. My fellow Senators and I look forward to working with Governor Hochul as we continue to tackle the issues of rising crime, our state’s struggling economy, and the resurgence of the COVID-19 virus."

Chariman Nick Langworthy, NYGOP

“New Yorkers can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Andrew Cuomo will no longer be able to wield the immense power of the governor’s office to commit his corruption and abuse, but make no mistake, this resignation is simply an attempt to avoid real accountability for his numerous crimes. Thousands of lives have been destroyed by Andrew Cuomo and the legislature must continue to move forward with impeachment to ensure he can never run for office again.

“Whether it was his numerous pay-to-play and corruption scandals, his deadly nursing home coverup or his $5 million book deal, the New York Republican Party has traveled across the state to expose the real Andrew Cuomo, even when it was a lonely solo mission. We will not rest until the entire stench of the Cuomo Administration is wiped clean from state government and we usher in a new era of integrity and common sense under a Republican governor in 2022.”

Assemblyman Carl Heastie, D-83

"This has been a tragic chapter in our state's history. Governor Cuomo's resignation is the right decision.

"The brave women who stepped forward were heard. Everyone deserves to work in a harassment free environment.

"I have spoken with Lieutenant Governor Hochul and I look forward to working with her."

Chairman Gerard Kassar, Conservative Party of New York

“Andrew Cuomo just gave one of the most disingenuous resignation
speeches in human memory, but at least he resigned. We trust that his stepping down will do nothing to slow the myriad investigations into his misbehaviors, including covering up nursing home death data; profiting $5.1 million from his obfuscation of those deaths; using state-paid employees to write his tome, and allegations of both physical and verbal sexual abuse of at least 11 women.

“The Conservative Party wishes incoming Governor Kathleen Hochul well in her transition to New York’s top executive office, but we will continue holding her to account for allowing Mr. Cuomo’s gross, well-known behavior to go on for these past seven years.

“Mr. Cuomo’s behavior has shown the need for far greater
transparency in New York State government, and so many questions for him still need to be answered.”

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-35

“Today is a somber day for the state of New York, but one that demonstrates our ability to build a more accountable system of government. Governor Cuomo’s resignation opens the door to a restorative future. We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the courageous women who came forward and helped pave the way for safer and more inclusive work spaces.

"Working with Governor Kathy Hochul, the first woman Governor of New York State, we will continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild our economy and face our challenges standing together. Governor Hochul is a dedicated leader, and united, we will get the people’s work done.”

Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R-118

“The governor’s resignation is necessary and warranted, but we must ensure that this is not the end of the story. Andrew Cuomo still has much to answer for, and he cannot escape blame or responsibility just because he’s finally seen the right thing to do is remove himself from leadership. This fight is far from over. The investigations and the fight for justice for the women he sexually harassed, the victims of the nursing home coverup, and the misuse of state resources to write a $5 million dollar book deal must be concluded before he is allowed to keep his state pension.”

Ken Blankenbush, R-117

“The governor’s decision to resign was the right one. We have important work to do and the scandals surrounding him proved that he could not effectively govern. Even though he has resigned, I hope the women who bravely spoke out in the harassment investigation and the families of those who lost loved ones in nursing homes receive justice.”

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