Cuomo is Resigning, Lt Gov Hochul to be First Woman To Serve as New York’s Governor

July 14, 2021 - Brooklyn—Governor Cuomo holds a press conference on reducing incidents of gun violence in New York City at the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn. This was followed with breakout sessions amongst participants. (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Governor Cuomo at a press conference on reducing incidents of gun violence in New York City in Brooklyn on July 14, 2021. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

ITHACA, NY -- Governor Cuomo is resigning from office in 14 days after an investigation found he sexually harassed 11 women. On August 24th, Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul will become the first woman to serve as Governor of New York.

The announcement came during a press briefing earlier today where Cuomo and his attorney, Rita Glavin, spoke. They pushed back against a report commissioned by Attorney General Letitia James’ which stated that Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women. Cuomo called the report politically motivated, and said the most serious allegations have no credible evidence.

Cuomo said that his resignation comes from a desire to avoid the cost an impeachment investigation would have on New York State government operations and taxpayers.

“Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that the state government should be doing. And I cannot be the cause of that,” said Cuomo.

Cuomo has denied that he touched anyone inappropriately.  But, during the press briefing, he apologized to the 11 women whose testimony was included in the Attorney General’s report for having, quote, “offended them.”

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