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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces his decision on resignation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be replaced by New York’s first female governor

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference.

In this still image from video, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday morning that he will resign from his post in 14 days.

What did Andrew Cuomo say about his resignation?

Cuomo’s resignation came after an independent investigation found that he had allegedly sexually harassed multiple women, violating federal and state laws.

  • “I would never want to be unhelpful in any way. And I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing. And therefore that’s what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you,” Cuomo said Tuesday, per Axios.

What happened to Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

Cuomo’s resignation comes days after an independent report found Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, as I wrote for the Deseret News. The report said Cuomo and his aides created a toxic work environment, too, which stopped some women from coming forward.

  • For the report, investigators interviewed 179 individuals and reviewed more than 74,000 pieces of evidence, according to CNN.

In the wake of the report, President Joe Biden said Cuomo should resign from his spot as governor.

  • “I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach. I don’t know that for fact. I have not read all that data,” Biden said.
  • “Look, I’m not going to fly-speck this,” he said. “I’m sure there were some embraces that are totally innocent. But apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.”

Who will replace New York Gov. Andew Cuomo?

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will become New York’s first female governor once Cuomo’s resignation becomes effective in 14 days.

Hochul said she agreed with Cuomo’s decision to step down, saying “it is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers.”

  • “As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”