New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns over sexual scandal

Written by on August 11, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned after an inquiry found that he sexually harassed multiple women, prompting efforts to remove him. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will become the first woman to lead New York state.

Mr Cuomo had been facing pressure to resign from fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden.
Just a year ago he was basking in adulation as millions of Americans tuned in daily to his no-nonsense televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Cuomo is the third New York governor in a row to leave office under a cloud of scandal.

The independent investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found that Mr Cuomo, sexually harassed 11 women, including state employees.

The report led many prominent Democrats to turn against Mr Cuomo, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Senate leader Chuck Schumer and New York’s two US senators.

His fellow New York Democrats had begun plans to impeach him. He is still facing criminal investigations relating to the harassment claims.

As he announced his resignation on Tuesday, Mr Cuomo continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment but said he wanted to “deeply, deeply” apologise to any women who may have been offended by his actions.

Credit: BBC

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