New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned today in the wake of a report that found he violated state and federal s.e.xual harassment laws, capping months of speculation over the fate of the politician who had been hailed for his leadership early on in the pandemic.
The report, issued in early August by New York Attorney General Letitia James, said Mr. Cuomo s.e.xually harassed multiple women, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against at least one former employee.
In a press conference today, Mr. Cuomo said the attorney general’s report and an impeachment probe had become a distraction.
“I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” he said. “And therefore that’s what I’ll do.”
He said his resignation would become effective in 14 days and that Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, would succeed him.
Ms. Hochul, a Buffalo resident and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has spent much of her two terms as lieutenant governor, crisscrossing the state and representing the administration at official functions.
She will be the first woman to serve as New York’s governor.