New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been in the hot seat for months, from several accusations of sexual misconduct to evidence that his decision to put infected COVID patients in nursing homes caused widespread deaths.
Cuomo announced his resignation, but his debacle is far from over.
“Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing, and I cannot be the cause of that,” Cuomo said. “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.”
While some in the state assemby discuss impeaching Cuomo, there has also been talk of something that has stirred some feathers.
Experts have been discussing whether Cuomo will pardon himself for the misdemeanor charges he faces.
On top of that, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who will replace Cuomo’s, could pardon him when the time comes.
So far, she has ignored a direct question on that issue.
“The governor and I have not been close,” she said at her first press conference. “And when my term ends, nobody will ever describe my term as a toxic workplace environment.”
Cuomo also addressed his daughters in his resignation.
I want them to know from the bottom of my heart that I never did and I never would intentionally disrespect a woman, treat any woman differently than I would want them treated, and that is the God’s honest truth,” he said. “Your dad made mistakes. And he apologized, and he learned from it and that’s what life is all about.”
In the end, it may have been Cuomo’s fellow Democrats turning against him that finally led him to resign.
“Governor Cuomo is guaranteed due process under law. Although his accusers are credible and the charges against him are serious indeed, the investigations under way by New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the Albany police must be permitted to run their course before we reach judgment about his liability for any alleged criminal act,” Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said earlier this year. “But there is a difference between formal investigations that may end in criminal charges and a question of confidence in our political leadership. The question before us is squarely a political judgment. Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign.”