After trying to resist for several days, Andrew Cuomo resigns overwhelmed by allegations of sexual harassment confirmed by the New York attorney’s report. In a statement, the governor of New York continued to defend himself, to declare himself extraneous to the accusations coming from 11 women, explaining that he is stepping aside for the sake of New Yorkers. “The best way I can help is to step aside and let the government go back to rule and that’s what I will do,” he said, explaining that the resignation will take effect in two weeks.
Cuomo turned to his daughters: “Your father made mistakes, and he apologized.” In the speech with which he announced his resignation, he explained that in recent months he has often looked at the news on the allegations of sexual harassment “with the eyes of my daughters”. “I want them to know”, added the Italian-American Democrat, that “I have never intentionally disrespected” a woman.
“I am a New Yorker, born and raised, I am a struggling and my instinct is to fight against this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair, not true” said Andrew Cuomo in the speech in which he announced that instead he will “take a step back” because of “his love for New York”.
“I love you – he said addressing the New Yorkers – and I would never want not to help you in some way”. The Democrat also said that the allegations of sexual harassment collected in the New York prosecutor’s report, which come from 11 different women, “demonize behavior in a way that is not sustainable for society.”
“I have become a fighter, but one who fights for you – said the governor who during the first dramatic wave of Covid in New York had played a central role in the response to the pandemic, often antagonistic to Donald Trump – the current situation would provoke months of legal and political disputes “. “And this would consume the government, it would cost the taxpayer millions of dollars,” he added, referring to the impeachment procedure already underway against him.
THE INQUIRY – The announcement of Cuomo’s resignation comes exactly a week after the ‘bomb’ detonated by the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, with the publication of the independent investigation report that concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually assaulted several women, and in so doing violated federal and state law. ”
“In particular – continued the prosecutor in a press conference – the investigation established that Governor Cuomo has sexually harassed employees and former employees of the state of New York with unwanted and non-consensual approaches and making many offensive and suggestive comments of a nature. that have created a hostile working environment for women “.
The report is the result of the investigation entrusted to the two lawyers, Anne Clark and Joon Kim, appointed by James last March when, after the explosion of the accusations against Cuomo, the governor had already categorically refused to resign, defending himself from all charges .
LEGAL OF TWO ACCUSATORS – “My clients feel they have gotten justice and are relieved that Cuomo will no longer be in a position to exert his power over anyone,” commented Mariann Wang, the attorney who assists Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, two of the 11 women. who accused the governor of harassment.
“Her efforts, through her attorney, over the past few days, to attack the brave women who have come forward, have apparently done nothing. Ms. McGrath and Ms. Limmiatis are grateful that their voices and experiences are have been heard and confirmed by the investigators and feel solidarity with all the women who continue to be abused by men in power. At least, today, one of them has had to suffer some consequences “.
WHITE HOUSE – “This is a story of brave women who told their story”. So, with open support for Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki answered reporters’ questions about the New York governor’s resignation. The spokesperson said Joe Biden – who last week said Cuomo had to step down – hasn’t spoken to the Democratic governor since and that the White House hadn’t been warned in advance of his decision to step down.
KATHY HOCHUL IN PLACE OF CUOMO – Andrew Cuomo’s deputy Kathy Hochul will take over as governor of New York. Born in Buffalo 62 years ago, she will be the first female governor of the state of New York. She was first elected as Cuomo’s deputy in 2014 and was reconfirmed by his side in 2018. She is recognized for the commitment that led to the increase of the minimum wage in New York to $ 15 and the approval of the state paid family leave law. I note her commitment to women, including the “Enough is Enough” initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses. He is co-chair of the state task force on heroin and opiate abuse.
While in Congress, where she was elected in 2011 in a position hitherto considered safe for Republicans, she introduced ‘Clothe a Homeless Hero Act’, an initiative that ordered airports to deliver unclaimed clothes to airport checkpoints at veteran organizations. His bill became law in 2013.