What’s next for outgoing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo?
- Andrew Cuomo resigned as the New York governor on Tuesday
- He will continue to stay in office for 14 days to enable a seamless transition
- Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment
Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor who resigned on Tuesday, has been battling a number of sexual harassment allegations mostly made by former and current staff. Soon out of the governor’s office, Cuomo may still have to deal with the legal ramifications of the allegations against him.
Here's a look at the allegations against the former New York governor, the circumstances that led to his resignation and what lies ahead for Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo was battling sexual harassment allegations for some time. But matters came to a head after an investigative report released last week said that the New York governor had sexually harassed 11 women who either worked for him or the state.
Aside from these, Andrew Cuomo was also under investigation for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York as governor. There was a state Assembly impeachment probe against him on how the New York administration handled data on COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes, his $5 million pandemic leadership book deal and that his relatives were given priority access to COVID-19 tests in the early days of the pandemic, according to the Associated Press.
Why did he resign?
There was mounting pressure on Andrew Cuomo to resign after the independent probe by the office of the state Attorney General Letita James found that the governor’s office was “rife with fear and intimidation” that not only “enabled” sexual harassment but also created a “hostile work environment”.
Addressing his constituents on Tuesday, Cuomo said, “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now, is if I step aside and let government get back to government.”
What’s next for Andrew Cuomo?
It is currently unclear whether the state Assembly can and will pursue the probe against Cuomo and draw up articles of impeachment. On Tuesday, Andrew Cuomo “deeply, deeply” apologised to the “11 women who I truly offended”. However, he continued to deny the most serious allegations against him pinning them on generational differences which led to misunderstandings.
Investigation into whether Andrew Cuomo committed any crimes will continue, according to prosecutors in Long Island, Albany and Westchester. It is possible that in his decision to quit, Cuomo might be hoping that prosecutors or the women who complained about his behaviour might lose interest in pursuing a case now that he is out of office.