Cuomo exiting as New York governor, Hochul to take office

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Democrat, who faces multiple sexual harassment allegations, resigned amid possible impeachment battle. Andrew Cuomo is nearing the end of his decade as New York’s governor Monday, as he prepares to relinquish his grip on government to Lt.-Gov. Kathy Hochul in a midnight power transfer that will break another glass ceiling for women in state politics. Cuomo, a Democrat, is set to end his term at 11:59 p.m., just under two weeks after he announced he would resign rather than face a likely impeachment battle over sexual harassment allegations. Hochul is scheduled to be sworn in as New York’s first female governor just after midnight in a brief, private ceremony overseen by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore. Cuomo used a noon public address to defend himself and his record, and again question the motives of investigators and women who have testified about sexual harassment at his hands. “Prolonging this situation could only cause governmental paralysis and that is just not an option for you and not an option for the state, especially now,” Cuomo said.

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