NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bowing to monumental strain within the face of the sexual harassment scandal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Tuesday that he’ll resign, efficient in two weeks.
Kathy Hochul, presently New York’s lieutenant governor, will step into essentially the most highly effective place within the state.
The response to Cuomo’s stepping apart got here rapidly.
“I agree with Gov. Cuomo’s choice to step down. It’s the proper factor to do and in the perfect curiosity of New Yorkers. As somebody who has served in any respect ranges of presidency and is subsequent within the line of succession, I’m ready to guide as New York State’s 57th governor,” Hochul stated.
Cuomo, who has served because the state’s chief since 2011, will depart New York in a precarious place because it offers with, amongst different issues, a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“First, I wish to commend the courageous girls who stepped ahead and courageously instructed their tales. There isn’t a place for sexual harassment, and right now’s announcement by Gov. Cuomo to resign was the suitable choice for the nice of the folks of New York. I’ve full confidence that Lt. Gov. Hochul will set up knowledgeable and succesful administration. I’ve spoken with Lt. Gov. Hochul and stay up for working collectively to assist the folks of New York,” Sen. Chuck Schumer stated.
Congressman Tom Suozzi echoed Schumer’s sentiments, but additionally expressed gratitude for a lot of what the Cuomo administration achieved throughout his practically three phrases in workplace.
“There isn’t a doubt that Andrew Cuomo has achieved a lot for our state, from the property tax cap, to rebuilding our infrastructure, to instituting a $15 minimal wage and battling COVID. It’s crucial that our subsequent governor proceed the constructive achievements of the Cuomo administration and assist as soon as once more make New York the Empire State,” Suozzi stated.
Lawyer Basic Letitia James, whose workplace launched a scathing report on the sexual harassment claims in opposition to Cuomo, stated, “At this time closes a tragic chapter for all of New York, nevertheless it’s an essential step in the direction of justice. I thank Gov. Cuomo for his contributions to our state. The ascension of our lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, will assist New York enter a brand new day. We should proceed to construct on the progress already made and enhance the lives of New Yorkers in each nook of the state. I do know our state is in good fingers with Lt. Gov. Hochul on the helm, and I stay up for persevering with to work along with her.”
Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated, “We’ll proceed to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild our financial system, and face our challenges standing collectively.”
This was echoed by Westchester state Senator Alessandra Biaggi: “Let this subsequent chapter for New York be considered one of integrity, optimism, and progress.”
New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who has lengthy been at odds with Cuomo over varied points, stated, “Make no mistake, that is the results of survivors bravely telling their tales. It was previous time for Andrew Cuomo to resign and it’s for the nice of all New York.”
Even long-time colleague and confidant Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie, one of many final remaining Cuomo supporters, lastly needed to state the inevitable, saying, “This has been a tragic chapter in our state’s historical past. Governor Cuomo’s resignation is the suitable choice. The courageous girls who stepped ahead have been heard. Everybody deserves to work in a harassment-free setting. I’ve spoken with Lt. Gov. Hochul and I stay up for working along with her.”
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, there’s no love misplaced between the governor and Assemblyman Ron Kim, who has been in a bitter battle with Cuomo since final winter over COVID nursing residence deaths within the state.
“I didn’t suppose Andrew Cuomo would resign, and after I pushed again in opposition to the governor in February, I didn’t know what the end result was going to be. I didn’t have any expectations, however to be at this level with the 11 courageous lady who stepped up, you understand, to carry him accountable,” Kim stated.
On Tuesday, he acknowledges an essential new starting for the state and other people of New York.
“Nobody is above the legislation, and we wish to ensure that we’ve got executives, mayors and governors and presidents who’re listening and doing the folks’s work and never fostering a poisonous and abusive tradition,” Kim stated.
Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee within the mayoral election in November, took to Twitter, saying, “That is the suitable choice and is in the perfect curiosity of all New Yorkers. I stand able to work with incoming Governor @KathyHochul as we information our Metropolis by way of these difficult instances and do the onerous work of main a protected, equitable restoration for NYC.”
That is the suitable choice and is in the perfect curiosity of all New Yorkers.
I stand able to work with incoming Governor @KathyHochul as we information our Metropolis by way of these difficult instances and do the onerous work of main a protected, equitable restoration for NYC.
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) August 10, 2021
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, Lengthy Island state Sen. Todd Kaminsky admitted he was shocked by the announcement.
“I believe proper up till the second he stated it, it appeared like he was gonna say it however you didn’t actually suppose he would do it. The governor is a political brawler. We actually noticed the partitions closing in. I believe he know that voters have been now not giving him the good thing about the doubt,” Kaminsky stated.
He’s additionally pragmatic in regards to the high quality of management the state all want to maneuver ahead.
“On the finish of the day, New Yorkers wish to have two issues. They wish to have good, competent, robust management. Additionally they need folks to be moral and respectful and trustworthy, and we’ve got to have the ability to have each these issues reside in an essential particular person in authorities,” Kaminsky stated.
In the meantime, Republicans pounced not lengthy after Cuomo made his announcement.
“At this time marks one small step towards restoring honor, decency, and accountability to New York State authorities. I hope right now additionally brings some measure of justice to the courageous girls who had the braveness to return ahead in opposition to a strong and vindictive political determine,” Senate Republican Chief Rob Ortt stated in a press release. “Over the previous yr, Andrew Cuomo’s credibility utterly fell aside. Now, following his overdue resignation, it can by no means be repaired. The Governor’s pervasive harassment and coverups forged a darkish cloud over our State Capitol and took us away from the essential work going through this state.
“Andrew Cuomo broke the legislation, lied about it, and shamelessly smeared the ladies who got here ahead. His resignation is welcome, nevertheless it stops in need of the justice his victims and the folks of New York deserve. The FBI, the State Lawyer Basic, and different correct authorities should even be allowed to proceed their work investigating all the attainable crimes associated to our state’s nursing properties disaster and the Governor’s questionable guide deal. The Legislature should study the Cuomo administration’s many failings in public boards as quickly as attainable in order that these abuses of energy won’t ever occur below one other administration,” Ortt added.
Dutchess County Government Marc Molinaro, who challenged Cuomo within the 2018 governor’s race, stated the state is prepared for a brand new voice.
“Many could discover reduction in Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. We’d all do nicely to do not forget that his downfall got here at an incredible price. His failings damage New Yorkers, devastated households and victimized girls. The harm he brought about is not going to be quickly repaired… however restore we should,” Molinaro stated. “The legacy Andrew Cuomo leaves behind, is considered one of pervasive sexual misconduct, highest taxes within the nation, a $4 billion damaged bridge that bears his household’s title, a lethal nursing residence and IDD residence coverup, and pay-to-play scandals which have corroded State authorities and eroded the general public’s belief.
“After a world pandemic, tragic betrayal, and 10 years of Cuomo’s corruption, we desperately want trustworthy, skillful leaders to step up, do good and get on to therapeutic this nice state. At this vital second, New York wants a governor who can dedicate her full consideration to our shared work. I stay up for working with Gov. Kathy Hochul,” Molinaro added.
Some feminine leaders from across the state, like Republican Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, level out “simply because he resigned doesn’t imply he’s off the hook,” a touch lawmakers will nonetheless push for impeachment to make sure the governor will be unable to carry public workplace once more.
Cuomo, who as soon as campaigned on a promise to wash up corruption, is the third governor to resign within the face of scandal.
In 2008, Eliot Spitzer stepped down after he was caught in a high-priced prostitution ring.
In 2010, the person who changed him, David Patterson, known as off his marketing campaign after allegations his administration improperly interfered in a case of home violence.
CBS2’s Jessica Layton contributed to this report.