(New York) Before the declaration of resignation there was the “Mecsplications”.
Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 6:00 am
Richard Hétu Special collaboration
Andrew Cuomo has spoken live in front of the people of New York State since the publication of a scathing report of allegations of sexual harassment against him, admitting his inclination to touch people, to hug them, to hug them. “I’ve been doing this all my life,” he said during a speech from his Manhattan office.
He said he did not “fully” understand certain “generational and cultural changes” in dealing with women. “I didn’t think I crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize how much the line was being redrawn,” he said.
And while claiming he was “fully responsible” for his actions, he flatly denied the allegations of 11 current and former New York State employees, blaming his enemies, on Twitter and on Twitter for his troubles, an unhealthy political environment .
“I’m a native of New York,” he said.
I am a fighter and my gut instinct drives me to fight this controversy because I sincerely believe that it is politically motivated, unfair and untrue, and demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State
Until then, the New York governor didn’t seem like a man ready to let go. However, after discussing the impeachment proceedings planned against him by the New York State Assembly, he changed his tone.
“Given the circumstances, I think the best way to help now is to step aside and let the government rule. And I’ll do that, ”he said.
Andrew Cuomo’s resignation will take effect 14 days after this announcement. Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul will become the state’s first woman governor. Originally from the Buffalo area, the 62-year-old politician served a single term in the House of Representatives before being defeated and recruited without being included as well by Cuomo, who was elected alongside her in 2014 and 2018 could be his personal guard.
It is a fall as spectacular as it is humiliating for Andrew Cuomo, who managed to emulate his father Mario Cuomo by winning a third term as governor. He claims several political victories on issues dear to progressives, including legalizing gay marriage and marijuana, raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, and tightening gun laws.
Its popularity in New York and the United States will peak at the height of the pandemic.
His daily press conferences, mixing scientific pedagogy and compassion, contrasted with the often irresponsible and ignorant remarks made by Donald Trump.
But that popularity began to crumble last winter. In a text published on the Medium website in December 2020, Lindsey Boylan became the first woman to accuse the governor of unwanted touch and inappropriate language.
A month later, New York attorney general Letitia James tabled a report accusing the governor of hiding the exact number of COVID-19 victims among nursing home or nursing home residents.
Last March, following further allegations of sexual harassment, the governor tried to calm the situation by entrusting the prosecutor general’s office to conduct an investigation.
Last week, Letitia James presented a 165-page investigative report accusing Andrew Cuomo of molesting 11 current or former New York state employees in violation of federal and state law.
Relief and satisfaction
On the same day, all Democrats of some stature, including Joe Biden, called for the resignation of Andrew Cuomo. At the same time, the party leaders in Albany, the capital of the state of New York, have announced their intention to complete an impeachment procedure against the governor that was initiated in March of last year.
It is important to note that Andrew Cuomo should have left his post while impeachment and would not have found him until after a possible acquittal in the New York State Senate.
This scenario must have influenced his decision to resign. One thing is for sure, several New York officials have expressed relief following his announcement.
“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it is an important step towards justice,” said Letitia James.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who often clashed with Andrew Cuomo, did not hide his satisfaction.
Make no mistake, this is the result of survivors boldly telling their story.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter
Mariann Wang, attorney for two alleged victims of the governor, said her clients felt “justified and relieved that Cuomo no longer had any power over anyone”.
His resignation does not protect Andrew Cuomo from civil and criminal prosecution. However, it might encourage the assembly to abandon its approach to indicting the governor.
It is worth remembering that the impeachment investigation did not focus solely on sexual harassment allegations. She was interested in other important files, including the governor’s management of the pandemic in the state’s senior care facilities.