New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces resignation

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he didn’t want the state government consumed by investigations into his personal behaviour, announced his resignation on Tuesday. Cuomo’s future in his third term as governor came into doubt after the release last week of a 168-page report written by two independent attorneys selected by the state attorney general that included detailed allegations of Cuomo sexually harassing 11 women. In a television interview Monday, one of the women — an executive assistant in the governor’s office — detailed experiences in which Cuomo allegedly groped her. It appeared that a majority of New York State Assembly members were in favour of proceeding with an impeachment trial in light of the report. “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” he said. Cuomo said the resignation would be effective in 14 days. He apologized for his behaviour but said the most serious allegations in the report “have no credible, factual basis.” “In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,” Cuomo said. “I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” he added, referring to generational and cultural shifts in interactions between men and women in the workplace.

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