New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday amidst several sexual harassment allegations and a damning report from the state attorney general’s office.
Cuomo said that he was stepping aside to avoid becoming a distraction as he didn’t want the state government consumed by months of investigations into his personal behaviour.
Reports say a majority of New York State Assembly members were in favour of proceeding with an impeachment trial in light of the 168-page report written by two independent attorneys selected by the state attorney general that included detailed allegations of Cuomo sexually harassing 11 women.
Even US President Joe Biden said he should resign from governorship after the release of the report.
Cuomo, who is serving his third term as governor, stated the resignation would be effective in 14 days.
Despite apologizing for his behaviour, Cuomo said the most serious allegations in the report “have no credible, factual basis.”
“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,” Cuomo said. “I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” he added, referring to generational and cultural shifts in interactions between men and women in the workplace.