Andrew Cuomo has resigned from his position as governor of New York, a position of which he has held since 2011, following reports of sexual harassment.
Cuomo was the 56th governor of New York, in which his father, Mario Cuomo, held the same position for three terms prior to Cuomo’s ascension.
An inquiry has found that he had sexually harassed multiple women, but Cuomo denies all of the allegations. The report found that some of the women he harassed were state employees, accusing him of making inappropriate comments, groping and kissing without consent. He also said that he believes the allegations are politically motivated.
After the report was released, many of Cuomo’s Democrat colleagues pressured him to resign from his post, including New York’s two US Senators, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and even the President of the United States, Joe Biden. The Democrats of New York were already acting on plans to impeach Cuomo when the report was public.
Cuomo will also face criminal inquiries.
Cuomo later confirmed his resignation and said that ‘The best way I can help is if I step aside.’
It will take two weeks for the resignation to materalise.
Cuomo will be replaced by Kathy Hochul, a Democrat from the Buffalo District of New York, who later said: ‘As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor’.
She will be the first female to hold the position of Governor of New York.