On Tuesday, breaking news segments lit up across the media spectrum as disgraced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced his resignation, roughly a week after a bombshell report issued by Attorney General Letitia James’ office found his 11 accusers to be credible.
According to the Washington Examiner, James issued a comment in the wake of Cuomo’s bombshell resignation announcement, saying that the governor’s resignation is “an important step towards justice.”
“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it’s an important step towards justice,” James said on Tuesday.
Cuomo’s finally out
The embattled New York governor, who offered his resignation on Tuesday, to take effect in 14 days, faced numerous — 11, at least — accusations of sexual harassment, and in some cases, alleged sexual assault.
While the governor attempted to downplay the revelations earlier this year, the unprecedented number of calls for his resignation from local, state, and national Democrats — including President Joe Biden — seemed to be too much to overcome, especially on the heels of the AG’s damning report.
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said during his televised resignation announcement on Tuesday.
However, Cuomo stuck to his earlier narrative in which he insists that the investigation was used as a political weapon against him.
“I am a fighter, and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated. I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful,” the Democratic governor said, prior to his resignation announcement.
It ain’t over yet
While resigning from office could buy Cuomo a few days or weeks of relative peace and quiet, the soon-to-be ex-governor still faces the strong possibility of multiple criminal and civil legal battles, as prosecutors around the state continue to investigate the criminal nature of the claims made against him, the Associated Press reported.
Aside from the civil and potential criminal claims he’ll face, Cuomo also eventually will have to answer for his botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly patients at various nursing home facilities where Cuomo sent infected patients back to from the hospital.
In addition, there also exists an attorney general-led investigation into potential legal issues involving Cuomo’s staff helping him write and promote his book about his response to the pandemic.
While America can rest a little easier tonight knowing that Cuomo will soon no longer be in charge of New York, it appears as if he’ll remain in the headlines for some time to come as multiple investigations into his actions and behaviors continue to unfold.