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Cuomo Quits After Months of Resignation Reluctance

The following article, Cuomo Quits After Months of Resignation Reluctance, was first published on Flag And Cross.

For weeks on end, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been defying the cooler heads of the Democratic Party, a vast majority of whom have forcefully suggested, that it’s time for him to resign.

Cuomo has been fraught with scandal of late, having never resolved an issue regarding his choice to send sick COVID patients into the state nursing home system early in the pandemic, and then having at least 11 women credibly accuse him of sexual harassment and abuse.

Now, with a number of criminal charges pending against the grabby governor over this uncouth behavior, the Empire State lawmaker has finally seen the writing on the wall. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during some of the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By turns defiant and chastened, the 63-year-old Democrat emphatically denied intentionally mistreating women and called the attacks on him politically motivated. But he said that fighting back in this “too hot” political climate would subject the state to months of turmoil.

The move was sudden, but Cuomo characterized the decision as what’s best for the state.

“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a televised address.

His resignation will take effect in a few days, with his second-in-command taking charge after his departure.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a 62-year-old Democrat and former member of Congress from the Buffalo area, will become the state’s 57th governor and the first woman to hold the post. She tweeted that Cuomo’s resignation was “the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers.”

Cuomo’s resignation comes after previous defiance of the idea, which included pushing back against a suggestion to do so that came from President Joe Biden himself.

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