NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment allegations, investigation

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment allegations, investigation
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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment allegations, investigation
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will resign from office following accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct from a number of women, including former staffers and one current staffer.

His resignation will be effective in 14 days, Cuomo said.

After a five-month investigation, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced in a 168-page report last week that “the governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law.”

“Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” the report said.

In announcing his resignation, Cuomo said his instinct was to fight through the controversy, which he said is politically motivated.

“This is about politics, and our political system today is too often driven by extremes,” Cuomo said.

However, Cuomo said, the situation on its current trajectory would create months of controversy, consume government, and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

As a result, he said, “The best way I can help now is if I step aside.”

Cuomo blasted the attorney general’s report, saying, “The most serious allegations made against me have no credible basis in the report, and there is a difference between alleged improper conduct and concluding sexual harassment.”

However, he said, “Don’t get me wrong — this is not to say that there are not 11 women who I truly offended. There are. And for that, I deeply, deeply apologize.”

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