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Cuomo Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Gov. Cuomo's resignation may not affect the push for his impeachment.

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will resign from office in 14 days as he faces an accelerating impeachment push over allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women, including current and former government employees.

Cuomo’s announcement came a week after New York Attorney General Letitia James released an investigative report that accused the three-term governor of groping, kissing, and hugging staffers without their consent, conduct described as a violation of “multiple state and federal laws.” The report, compiled by a team of independent investigators, also said that Cuomo created a toxic work environment for women staffers by “making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature.”

Before announcing his coming departure after a scandal-plagued decade in power, Cuomo continued to deny the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by at least 11 women, dismissing them as “politically motivated.” The governor also described the looming impeachment effort as a “distraction.”

“Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing,” Cuomo said in a video address on Tuesday. “And I cannot be the cause of that… Given the circumstances the best way I can help now is to step aside and let government get back to governing.”

Cuomo will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat.

Some Democratic members of the New York State Assembly made clear that they do not view Cuomo’s resignation as a form of accountability and argued that lawmakers should continue to pursue impeachment, which—if successful—would bar Cuomo from running for governor again in the future.

“I believe we can still move forward with impeachment,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.

12 comments

  1. Cuomo’s actions with legislative initiatives to make owners of nursing homes immune to liability lawsuits are tantamount to nullifying murder charges against same for inadequate safety provisions for staffing so critical with the lethality of Covid. His attitude and behavior are reprehensible and reflective of
    a the neoliberal fraternity so absorbed by their greed for power “over” and unending supplies of money via self-centered manipulation of legislation that they think they can exceed the requirements of the social contract of decency and respect for all that is basic to any democracy, our democracy.

    1. I agree.

      Cuomo is a corrupt bully who should be charged with actual crimes of which there are plenty — not for a handful of mostly frivolous insensitive obtuse and stupid handsy come ons — although the reaching under a blouse to fondle a breast is actionable and gross and awful and needy snd domineering and shows him to be a Trumpian pig.

      But why didn’t she / why didn’t they just slap the shit out of him?

      And why 14 days? Why not next day like Nixon? What’s the backstory? What is his scam?

      Both Cuomo boys dishonor their father.

  2. What this also does, probably, is to put the kybosh on any thoughts Chris Cuomo might have been mulling over in the back of his mind about possibly taking a run at the governorship himself to keep the Cuomo dynasty intact. And while I don’t doubt that there’s any lack of hubris in any of the male Cuomos, I don’t think Andrew is a sexual predator in the Harvey Weinstein mold. I can’t help but wonder how far we are from the first lawsuit brought and the first charges laid for unwanted and nonconsensual eye contact.

    1. Boy ain’t that the truth.

      I just read somewhere that eye contact of six seconds or longer is a sexual come-on. So start counting those eye contact seconds before it us too late lol.

    2. Ahh, Billie. Truth will out. Some never “get it.” Clearly, your remark “nonconsensual eye contact” discloses a certain inability of consciousness
      to admit (recognize) transgression and manipulation through the use of power, long arrogantly perceived as a “man’s prerogative ” – until recently. The
      power complex fosters a sickening inebriation of power over others – an
      inflation that sullies if not crushes respectful relations. There are always ministers of minimization. Common and as oblivious as dust in the air.

    3. Ahh, Billie. Truth will out. Some never “get it.” Clearly, the remark “nonconsensual eye contact” discloses a certain inability of consciousness
      to admit (recognize) transgression and manipulation through the use of power, long arrogantly perceived as a “man’s prerogative ” – until recently. The
      power complex fosters a sickening inebriation of power over others – an
      inflation that sullies if not crushes respectful relations. There are always ministers of minimization. Common and as oblivious as dust in the air.

  3. 1. He has done far worse things in NY State, helping the rich and ruining the poor, for ten years at least.
    2. These actions are not at all worse than those of POTUS Biden, with his behavior towards young girls.

  4. I believe it is a sad commentary on USA government when we can so easily remove people from office, not because they are doing a bad job governing but because they are not able to constrain their inappropriate behaviors. Cuomo should have been taken out for blacklisting people and corporations in support of BDS from doing business with the state. But no, it was the sexual misbehaviors that got him.

  5. In America you can get fired for some groping, but murdering old people in nursing homes is just business as usual. Oh I should make clear you only lose your job for groping, after a dozen women accuse you of it and the New York attorney general has to do an investigation and find you guilty. Then and only then you might find yourself on the bricks….rich as sin and with no jail time…..

  6. Just scanned Cuomo coverage by cnn cbs nyt and npr.

    Not one mention the corrupt criminality of Cuomo passing a bill to curb the covid liability of nursing homes.

    But they did mention Cuomo’s refusal to release accurate figures about the number of nursing home covid deaths.

    CRAP news media.

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