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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns over sexual harassment

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, June 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, June 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations, in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed across the United States for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19.

The three-term governor’s decision, which will take effect in two weeks, is announced as momentum builds in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment. It comes after New York’s attorney general released the results of an investigation that found Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Investigators say he subjected women to unwanted kisses; groped their breasts or buttocks, or otherwise touched them inappropriately; made insinuating remarks about their looks and their sex lives; and created a work environment “rife with fear and intimidation.”

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, a 62-year-old Democrat and former member of Congress from the Buffalo area, will become the US state’s 57th governor and the first woman to hold the post.

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