- Cuomo’s resignation will take place in 14 days.
- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo will make history as the first woman New York governor.
- Cuomo announced his decision following a presentation by his outside attorney, Rita Glavin..
ALBANY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday under the weight of a sexual harassment scandal that engulfed his administration and derailed his political future, capping a remarkable and rapid fall for a governor whose national profile had risen to extraordinary heights during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said his resignation would take effect in 14 days, ending a decade-long run in the office he dedicated most of his adult life to keeping within his family – first as an adviser to his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, before winning three terms himself.
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing. And therefore, that’s what I’ll do,” he said in his address.
With Cuomo stepping down, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo will make history as the first woman to serve as New York governor. Hochul, a Democrat, will be sworn in after Cuomo’s resignation takes effect and is set to fill out the remainder of his term, which runs through 2022.