(RightWing.org) – The American public got accustomed to hearing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking about “New York tough” and “New York love” during his daily press briefings at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak last year. The phrases became a rallying cry for New Yorkers and much of the country in a time of great fear and despair. Yet, sadly, Cuomo has turned those words against New Yorkers and, arguably, against himself — at least if any shred of decency survived his latest scandal.
On Tuesday, August 10, Cuomo officially announced his resignation, effective in 14 days. Arguably, his leaving office was inevitable in light of an August 3 report from the New York Attorney General’s office discussing evidence supporting numerous allegations Cuomo sexually harassed/assaulted current and former state employees. Additionally, one of the complainants recently filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
Cuomo appeared to attempt to play on New Yorkers’ sympathy from the outset of his prepared speech, telling viewers the allegations sparked “a hard and painful period” for him and his family. (Nevermind the concerns of his reported victims.)
The embattled Democratic governor blamed the nation’s “toxic political environment” for his predicament. Continuing, Cuomo said the New York State Assembly was prepared to launch proceedings that would eventually take months to resolve and cost New Yorkers “millions of dollars.” However, Cuomo explained that because of his New York toughness, his “New York love,” he was willing to “step aside and let the government get back to governing” because “I love you,” he said.
Ironically, Cuomo’s resignation opened the door to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ascension to New York governor, making her the state’s first woman to hold that post.
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