Embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned today over allegations of sexual harassment. This makes him the third NY Democratic governor to resign before his term ended over a scandal.
Andrew Cuomo Resigns
The Democrat New York governor filed his resignation, which will be effective in two weeks. In a press conference, Cuomo said that “New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York and I love you.” He then continued by saying he didn't want to be unhelpful in any way. He added that resigning is the best way to help now.
The governor then apologized for any behavior deemed inappropriate during his term. However, he remained defiant against the sexual harassment allegations brought forward by state Attorney General Letitia James.
Andrew Cuomo Accuses State Attorney General of Bias
Cuomo accused state investigators of bias. He said that the report saying that he sexually harassed 11 women over a period of seven years is unfair. He deplored the “lack of fairness in the justice system” which is a major concern.
“When there is a bias or a lack of fairness in the justice system, it is a concern for everyone. There is a difference between alleged improper conduct and concluding sexual harassment. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not to say that there are 11 women who I truly offended. There are, and I deeply, deeply apologize,” Andrew Cuomo said. He later admitted that he made jokes and gave people hugs and kisses, both men and women.
Cuomo started his announcement attesting to his outdated beliefs. “I have slipped and called people ‘honey, ’sweetheart' and ‘darling,’” he said. Then, he continued by defending his actions.
“I mean it to be endearing but women found it dated and offensive.”. Cuomo then proceeded to own up to his mistakes, even without admitting them. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I have been too familiar with people.
My sense of humor can be insensitive and off-putting,” he added. “In my mind, I've never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn't realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn. There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn't fully appreciate. And I should have, no excuses,” Cuomo said.
Earlier, Andrew Cuomo Refused To Resign
Previously, Andrew Cuomo denied the accusations and refused to resign when officials called out to him. However, the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee expects to wrap up its own probe on the sexual harassment allegations.
As a result, Cuomo resigned even as he continues to deny the accusations. Meanwhile, Cuomo's lawyer Rita Glavin joined his client’s in accusing bias at the state attorney general’s office. She said that investigators ignored evidence that didn't fit their narrative. She added that the media created a “feeding frenzy” over the findings instead of sticking to the facts.
Cuomo Lawyer ‘Politicizing’ The Process
In response, state attorney general Fabien Levy criticized Andrew Cuomo’s lawyer. He described Glavin’s characterization of the investigation as unfortunate. “After multiple women made accusations that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed them, the governor himself requested that Attorney General James oversee an independent investigation.
The independent investigators selected are widely respected professionals, recognized for their legal and investigatory ability. To attack this investigation and attempt to undermine and politicize this process takes away from the bravery displayed by these women,” Levy added.
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