Reaction to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation

August 11, 2021

(Reuters) -Here is a sampling of quotes from prominent politicians and former aides who reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-governor-cuomo-resigns-after-sexual-harassment-findings-2021-08-10 on Tuesday after an investigation found he had sexually harassed 11 women and created a climate of fear in his office.

CUOMO IN A VIDEO STATEMENT

“I think, given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government – and therefore that’s what I’ll do.”

NEW YORK LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL, WHO WILL SUCCEED CUOMO IN 14 DAYS, ON TWITTER

“I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to step down. It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers. As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.”

LINDSEY BOYLAN, A FORMER CUOMO AIDE WHO MADE SOME OF THE ACCUSATIONS INVESTIGATED, ON TWITTER

“From the beginning, I simply asked that the Governor stop his abusive behavior. It became abundantly clear he was unable to do that, instead attacking and blaming victims until the end. It is a tragedy that so many stood by and watched these abuses happen. I am thankful for the Attorney General, the investigators and all those who have pursued the truth despite intimidation and threats of retaliation.”

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO REPORTERS

“I respect the governor’s decision. I respect the decision he made.”

DEBRA KATZ, ATTORNEY FOR CHARLOTTE BENNETT, A FORMER CUOMO AIDE WHO MADE SOME OF THE ACCUSATIONS INVESTIGATED, IN A STATEMENT

“The Governor’s decision to resign is a testament to the growing power of women’s voices since the beginning of the #MeToo movement. It underscores that sexual harassment is no longer acceptable – no matter what office the harasser holds.”

NEW YORK U.S. REPRESENTATIVE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ON TWITTER

Gov. Cuomo’s resignation is necessary and long overdue. But there is still a large amount of work ahead to account for and reverse the ways our institutions were molded over years to maximize the impunity and lack of transparency necessary for these abuses to unfold as they did.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO IN A STATEMENT

“Make no mistake, this is the result of survivors bravely telling their stories. It was past time for Andrew Cuomo to resign and it’s for the good of all New York.”

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, A DEMOCRAT, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS IN THE U.S. CAPITOL

“I think the governor did the right thing and I just want to commend the brave and courageous women who came forward. That was not an easy thing to do. And now we can turn to the important work of helping our state recover from COVID, the economic collapse.”

U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, A DEMOCRAT, IN A STATEMENT

“First, I want to commend the brave women who stepped forward and courageously told their stories. There is no place for sexual harassment, and today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo to resign was the right decision for the good of the people of New York.”

NEW YORK ASSEMBLY MEMBER JESSICA GONZALEZ-ROJAS ON TWITTER

“Thank you to all of the survivors who have come forward to tell their stories. This is what NY needs. I’m ready to work with incoming Governor @KathyHochul to ensure we move our state forward, enact real reform, and address the urgent needs of New Yorkers.”

NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER THOMAS DINAPOLI IN A STATEMENT

“The Governor has done the right thing. New York is facing many challenges as we battle the ongoing impact of COVID-19. My team and I stand ready to assist incoming Governor Hochul as we move the state forward.”

NEW YORK U.S. REPRESENTATIVE CAROLYN MALONEY, A DEMOCRAT, WHO REPRESENTS MANHATTAN, ON TWITTER

“This is the right decision for New York. I thank the women who bravely spoke up.”

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS IN A STATEMENT

“Today is a somber day for the state of New York, but one that demonstrates our ability to build a more accountable system of government. Governor Cuomo’s resignation opens the door to a restorative future. We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the courageous women who came forward and helped pave the way for safer and more inclusive workspaces.”

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES IN A STATEMENT

“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it’s an important step towards justice. I thank Governor Cuomo for his contributions to our state. The ascension of our Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, will help New York enter a new day. We must continue to build on the progress already made and improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the state.”

REPUBLICAN MARC MOLINARO, WHO UNSUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED CUOMO IN THE 2018 ELECTION, ON TWITTER

“While the right thing to do, he is resigning to escape accountability from the press, from the voters, from the law – that cannot be allowed to stand.”

(Compiled by Brendan O’Brien and Peter Szekely; Editing by Howard Goller, Grant McCool and Peter Cooney)