New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set to resign despite Henri emergency
- Cuomo appeared at a televised press briefing on Sunday surrounded by top state officials
- Kathy Hochul is scheduled to be sworn in at 12:01 am on Tuesday
- Cuomo announced two weeks ago that he will resign from office
When asked if he still planned to leave office as planned despite the raging storm, Cuomo said "Yes, my final day is tomorrow."
The Democrat appeared at a televised press briefing on Sunday surrounded by top state officials involved in the state's storm response. But his second-in-command Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, who is set to become governor after Cuomo resigns, was absent from the briefing.
"The lieutenant governor has been briefed on all of this and we are in constant communication," Cuomo was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
He said that he asked his emergency management team that if any were thinking of leaving their jobs on Tuesday, and not joining the new administration, they should stay "for the good of the state" until the storm crisis had passed, the Associated Press reported.
Hochul's office did not immediately respond to a question about the Lt. Governor's whereabouts. She did weigh in on the storm on Twitter, saying, "My team and I are continuing to closely monitor #Henri."
Hochul is scheduled to be sworn in at 12:01 am on Tuesday. Cuomo announced two weeks ago that he will resign from office rather than endure a likely impeachment battle in the state legislature over sexual harassment allegations.
Cuomo has insisted he did not touch anyone inappropriately and that some of the allegations against him are either false, exaggerated, or unintentional, but he said he had concluded that continuing to fight to stay in office would hurt the state.