Andrew Cuomo Resigns: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned after an inquiry found he sexually harassed multiple women, prompting efforts to remove him.
His resignation goes into effect in 14 days. Power will then be transferred to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside,” he said on Tuesday, while maintaining the claims were untruthful.
The Democrat faced pressure from his own party to resign since last week’s report, including from President Biden.
Albany DA spokesperson Cecilia Walsh said their office’s inquiry into possible criminal conduct in their jurisdiction “remains open and pending.”
The union that represents New York State troopers says that they appreciate Cuomo’s apology to their “fellow trooper” but that it is unfortunate it took him so long to do so, according to a statement from the New York State Police Investigators Association.
“The Governor made the right decision as he could no longer effectively lead the state. While we appreciate that he apologized to our fellow trooper, it’s unfortunate that it took him so long to do so. We hope that he, and everyone can learn from this sad episode in the NY history,” the statement said.
The New York State troopers themselves declined to comment directly to Cuomo’s apology and resignation.