Following a hasty week for the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amidst sexual harassment allegations and a detailed report confirming them, he has resigned on Tuesday morning from his post.
“I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a televised speech.
The news has filled New Yorkers with both shock and relief as the Governor was adamant on his innocence and refused to plead guilty or accept the accusations spewing his way. He released a video reiterating his innocence and proceeded to victimize himself and plead ignorance to the situation.
In his resignation speech, he spoke similarly to his first one but accepted some consequences for his actions.
“In my mind, I never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line is redrawn,” he said. He then apologized for all the women he hurt or affected in any way in his hostile working environment.
He also stated his “instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated.”
Following the AG report which kickstarted the downfall of his career, President Biden gave remarks about Cuomo and stated his desire for his resignation. The White House Press Secretary confirmed that his resignation was the outcome the President called for.
Is Cuomo’s Resignation a Suitable Punishment?
While his resignation was a relief for many, others are not satisfied. Many are calling for a legal investigation into his behavior and term as Governor as well as an impeachment trial. It is clear Cuomo’s resignation comes from a place of fear of prosecution, but many political leaders and officials will not let him off the hook that easily.
The majority of the New York Assembly who were previor allies and friends of Cuomo now support his impeachment due to his actions. His resignation will be effective in 14 days and a criminal prosecution may follow right after.
This last action made by Cuomo is a portrayal of his defeat and the end of his long-lasting and strong political career. One who was once being considered for the 2024 Presidential election will now have to retire his political career and live with a forever disreputable name.
What’s Next for New York
As Cuomo gets ready to leave in the next 2 weeks, New York’s lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul will be replacing his role as the governor of New York. She will be the first woman to have this title and govern one of the largest and most populated states in the nation.
On Tuesday, Hochul stated that she is ready to lead New York through its current problems of Covid and economic recession.
In a Twitter post, she said, “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down. 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 the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”