Cuomo Resigning Means Historic Moment is Coming For New York
Here's why Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation and Kathy Hochul taking over is historic for New York State.
On Tuesday, in a shocking reversal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a change of heart and announced he will "step aside" as New York's governor.
"I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you," Cuomo said. "New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York, and I love you. I would never want to be unhelpful in any way."
Independent investigators announced last Tuesday they believe Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, retaliated against at least one, created a "toxic" workplace and more.
Cuomo repeatedly denied the allegations and refused to resign. On Tuesday, Cuomo had a change of heart and announced he will resign as New York's governor.
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"I'm a New Yorker, born and bred. I'm a fighter and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful and I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society," he added.
Cuomo still thinks the independent investigation was politically motivated, but his resignation will be effective in 14 days.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will become New York's governor. Hochul will become New York's first female governor.
In 1980 she graduated from Syracuse University and later earned a law degree from Catholic University. She briefly worked as an attorney in Washington D.C. before becoming legal counsel for a number of New York Democrats.
In 1994, she was elected to the Hamburg town board. She served as Erie County Clerk from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Hochul served in the U.S. House representing New York’s 26th Congressional District.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become Lieutenant Governor once Hochul becomes Governor.
This is also historic as it will mark the first time in New York history two women are in the State's highest positions.
William Sulzer is the only governor of New York to be impeached. He was impeached in 1913.