August 10, 2021
Days after a report detailing his sexual harassment of eleven women was released, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation as governor of New York Wednesday. The resignation will be effective in 14 days.
Cuomo's discussion about his pending departure begins at about 12:00 in the video from an address he made late Wednesday morning.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, also a Democrat will become the 57th - and first female - governor of the state when she takes over.
If Cuomo had not resigned, he faced the prospect of removal from office by the state legislature.
New York is one of 36 states with a gubernatorial election in 2022. Cuomo had previously announced he would run for a fourth term. As a result, no Democrats have yet joined the race. On the GOP side, Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-1), 2014 GOP gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino, and Andrew Giuliani announced their candidacies earlier this year, hoping that a Cuomo weakened by multiple scandals would create an opening for a Republican despite the deep blue lean of the state. The last Republican governor of the state was George Pataki, who served three terms after defeating Cuomo's father, Mario, in the 1994 election.