NY Gov Andrew Cuomo Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations. Publishers were clamoring for Gov Andrew Cuomo’s book last summer.
It appeared to be a definite top seller at the time. Political book sales were soaring, and Mr. Cuomo had established himself as a cable news staple with a burgeoning national prominence as the guy who led New York through the first catastrophic wave of the coronavirus epidemic. When the manuscript began to circulate, many big publishing houses competed for it in a frantic auction, with offers reaching the seven figures.
Cuomo soon became politically isolated after being embroiled in controversy and faced a state impeachment probe, while state and federal politicians, including longtime allies President Joe Biden and New York’s U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, called for his resignation.
Cuomo was already under fire for his administration’s undercounting of pandemic-related nursing facility deaths when a former aide, Lindsey Boylan, expanded on harassment accusations she first raised in December 2020.
Cuomo, according to Boylan, subjected her to an unwelcome kiss and made remarks about her attractiveness. Soon after, another former employee, Charlotte Bennett, 25, alleged Cuomo, 63, enquired about her sex life, expressed loneliness, and inquired if she would be open to a sexual relationship with an older guy.
Crown, a Penguin Random House subsidiary, outbid competitors with an offer worth more than $5 million. It was a risk for an author whose last memoir had only sold 4,000 hardback copies. It also backfired horribly.
On Tuesday, the governor announced his resignation from office, citing sexual harassment allegations and several investigations, including some into how his book was written.
“Given the circumstances, I believe the best way I can contribute now is to stand aside and allow government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a speech.
His resignation will take effect in 14 days. Kathy Hochul, the Lieutenant Governor, will take over.
Cuomo’s statement comes only one week after state Attorney General Letitia James released the results of her investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and a poisonous work environment leveled against him. Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s senior advisor, resigned Sunday night after being cited more than 180 times in the report.
Cuomo and Glavin both attempted to blame the media maelstrom — which had previously earned him national recognition and adulation — for moving too quickly without thoroughly researching the facts.
NY Gov Cuomo: Cuomo stated, “This is about politics.” “And today’s political system is much too often dominated by extremists. Reasonability has given way to rashness. Loudness has taken the place of soundness. Twitter has evolved into a public forum for policy discussion. There is an intellectual conversation to be had about gender-based acts, generational and cultural variations in behaviour, setting higher standards, and finding fair solutions. But the political climate is too volatile and conservative right now.”
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