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As Andrew Cuomo leaves workplace, he calls his resignation ‘unfair’

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Democrat Kathy Hochul can be sworn in at midnight as NY’s subsequent governor, guarantees to ‘get the job done’.

In his closing public remarks as governor of New York on Monday, Andrew Cuomo complained about what he referred to as the unfairness of the state investigation that concluded he sexually harassed 11 girls who labored for him.

“You know me. I am a fighter, and my instinct is to fight this, because it is unfair and unjust in my mind,” Cuomo stated in prerecorded remarks that aired on Monday.

Cuomo stated he had determined to not contest impeachment proceedings within the state legislature as a result of “prolonging this situation could only cause governmental paralysis”.

As Cuomo leaves workplace, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, one other Democrat, takes over, changing into the primary lady to run the state of New York.

Hochul, 62, is because of be sworn in on the State Capitol in Albany at 00:01am ET (04:01 GMT), and has promised a change in fashion, saying nobody would ever accuse her, because the lawyer normal did Cuomo, of making “a toxic work environment”.

Hochul inherits challenges together with a unbroken COVID-19 pandemic as she takes over a state authorities that has confronted criticism for inaction in Cuomo’s distracted closing months in workplace.

Hochul, a Democrat, introduced the appointment of two girls to prime positions within the governor’s workplace: Karen Persichilli Keogh will grow to be secretary to the governor and Elizabeth Fine can be chief authorized counsellor.

Hochul has stated she won’t preserve anybody discovered to have behaved unethically throughout Cuomo’s tenure. At least 35 workers within the governor’s workplace have left since February, in accordance with employees rosters.

Hochul, who didn’t work carefully with Cuomo, has stated she was not conscious of the harassment allegations earlier than they grew to become public.

“I have a different approach to governing,” Hochul stated final week in Queens.

“I get the job done because I don’t have time for distractions, particularly coming into this position.”

In March, after two girls went public with accounts of harassment, Cuomo had referred the complaints to New York Attorney General Letitia James, for an unbiased investigation. Lawmakers within the New York Assembly started an impeachment investigation.

A damning report launched on August three by James, a fellow Democrat, was the start of the top of Cuomo’s decade as governor, a tenure marked by a bruising, pugnacious approach to dealmaking that left him bereft of allies.

The outgoing governor faces plenty of authorized and political challenges at the same time as he leaves public workplace.

James is investigating whether or not Cuomo improperly used state assets to safe coronavirus assessments for members of the family and rich pals and to put in writing a $5.1m ebook final 12 months in regards to the COVID-19 disaster in New York.

Cuomo now not faces impeachment by the New York Assembly,  however legislators stated they might publish a report as soon as they conclude their investigation.

State legislators and federal prosecutors are taking a look at why the Cuomo administration withheld information exhibiting the true extent of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 in 2020.

Five state prosecutors have requested info from James, whose report concluded that Cuomo broke federal and state legal guidelines by kissing, groping or making unwelcome sexual remarks to 11 girls, and by retaliating in opposition to one lady who had complained.


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