New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Tuesday that he will resign in 14 days amid mounting calls for his impeachment over allegations of sexual harassment.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) will serve the rest of Cuomo’s term, making her the state’s first female governor.
“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 government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you,” Cuomo said.
BREAKING: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces he is resigning in 14 days.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 10, 2021
His announcement comes one week after State Attorney General Letitia James released a report concluding the governor had sexually harassed 11 women with unwanted comments and touching. Pressure mounted against Cuomo even from prominent members of his own party, including New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Joe Biden even called for Cuomo to step down following the damning AG report. Hochul, Cuomo’s replacement, put out a pair of tweets last week condemning Cuomo’s alleged behavior.