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One year ago today: Cuomo resigns as governor

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  • Hayley Jones 

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned from office one year ago today.

Cuomo announced his resignation on August 10, 2021 amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.

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AG’s findings drove Cuomo to hand in his resignation

The first accusation came in December 2020 from Cuomo’s former aide Lindsey Boylan, who publically recounted alleged inappropriate behavior exhibited towards her by the governor.

Cuomo got by for a few more months as governor, famously stating he was sorry for “making people uncomfortable” as more accusations came to light.

On August 3, 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ put the final nail in the coffin when she announced an investigation found evidence Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, including a state trooper.

Cuomo announced his resignation during a taped statement released on the afternoon of August 10, 2021.

Ultimately, all five criminal cases opened against Cuomo were dropped. In January of this year, the Albany, Westchester, Oswego and Nassau County district attorneys each closed their respective cases, citing insufficient evidence.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul assumed the role of governor on August 24, 2021.

Hochul is up for election on November 8, 2022. She is running on the Democratic ticket against Republican candidate Congressman Lee Zeldin.

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