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Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday resigned as New York governor following devastating claims of sexual harassment that shredded his reputation and engulfed his administration.
In a video address, Cuomo said he was inclined to fight impeachment proceedings but feared that doing so would consume the state’s government in the midst of a pandemic.
“The best way I can help is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said.
His resignation will become effective in 14 days, after which Kathy Hochul, the lieutenant-governor, will take charge, he added.
It comes a week after a 168-page report released by New York attorney-general Letitia James concluded he had violated state and federal laws by sexually harassing 11 current and former state employees.
More to follow.