New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially submitted his letter of resignation as he leaves office.
“I hereby tender my resignation for the office of Governor of the State of New York. This resignation will be effective at 12:00 a.m., August 24, 2021. It has been my pleasure to serve with you both,” Cuomo wrote.
— Morgan Mckay (@morganfmckay) August 24, 2021
Cuomo announced his resignation on Aug. 10 effective in 14 days. The announcement came following a report than announced evidence of the governor sexually harassing 11 women.
The New York Post reported, “While the governor had sought in vain to rally Albany’s Democrats around him following the report’s release, the response from lawmakers made clear there was no hope for his political survival. Sources told The Post at the time of Cuomo’s resignation that if he had tried to cling to power, the Assembly had the votes to impeach him and the Senate had the votes to toss him from office after a trial.”
The disgraced New York leader maintained his innocence but resigned regardless. The move also helped end the call to impeach Cuomo over the allegations.
In addition to his sexual harassment scandal, the governor faced criticisms regarding under-reporting the number of nursing home COVID deaths in the state.
Current Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will take Cumo leadership role following his resignation. The move will make her the state’s first female governor.