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Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns Following Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations

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  • Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday Afternoon after serving three terms as New Yorks 56th Governer following multiple sexual assault allegations.
  • 11 women came forward earlier this year accusing Cuomo of “unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
  • Cuomo didn’t take responsibility for the allegations, instead denying his part of them and stating that the “most serious allegations made… had no credible factual basis in the report.” 
  • “I love New York,” He also said. “And I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing.”
  • Multiple public officials urged Cuomo to resign earlier in the year after the women came forward, including President Joe Biden, who announced his “respect the governor’s decision,” to step down. 
  • The resignation comes as a relief to some, while others question Cuomo’s motives for waiting two weeks after this announcement to formally resign.
  • Impeachment plans against Cuomo previously laid out by the State Assembly are currently in a state of limbo following the governor’s announcement, as officials try to decide whether or not it’s worth it to go through with the proceedings.  
  • However, investigations into allegations would still commence by the DA into potential criminal actions, even after Cuomo resigns. Findings from the investigation could lead to civil and criminal charges against Cuomo. 
  • Kathy Hochul will replace Cuomo, becoming the first female governor of New York. Hochul remarked on Twitter her approval of Cuomo’s decision to resign and called his actions “repulsive and vile,” also voicing her admiration for the courage the women had to speak up against the governor.

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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/10/nyregion/cuomo-resigns

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/andrew-cuomo-investigation-08-10-21/index.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/9/andrew-cuomo-sexual-harassment-scandal-what-we-know-so-far

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