New York: Cuomo announces resignation on live television after sexual harassment allegations
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on live television after being accused by an independent investigation of molesting 11 women.
Cuomo said he will step down in 14 days, after being invited to leave the post he has held since 2011 by US President Joe Biden.
The Democratic politician, considered one of the possible candidates in the upcoming presidential elections, continued to dismiss the allegations contained in the 165-page report filed last week by Attorney General Letitia James, which pushed New York members of parliament to start proceedings. for the impeachment and the main exponents of his party to ask him to step back. Kathy Hochul, deputy governor of New York who will take over from Cuomo, had called his conduct “repugnant and illegal”.
“I have never crossed the line with anyone,” said Cuomo, accusing the investigation of “bias”. Cuomo nevertheless wanted to apologize “deeply” to the women who accused him, acknowledging that they must have felt “truly offended”.
The report accuses Cuomo of running his finger down the back of a police officer and grabbing the breast of one of his aides, an accusation that the governor says has “no factual basis.”
According to Attorney General James, Cuomo has created a “toxic” work environment by violating civil laws on workplace harassment. The governor, who in the past was a member of the Bill Clinton-led administration and also the New York Attorney General, may also be criminally liable for the charges and has already been sued for harassing his former assistant.
The son of the respected Italian-American politician Mario Cuomo, himself governor of New York for three terms, in recent months had risen to national prominence for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led him to clash on several occasions with the Donald Trump administration. His credibility, however, suffered a severe blow following another scandal that emerged at the beginning of the year, when a report by Attorney General James accused him of hiding the real data of deaths from Covid-19 in retirement homes.