Andrew Cuomo Scandal

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Neely Burns, Editor-In-Chief

On August 10, 2021, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York resigned from his position following public outrage on multiple fronts. Upon stepping down from his position, Cuomo stated, “The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing.”

The primary reason that Cuomo resigned was following accounts of sexual harassment from 11 different women. He made inappropriate comments about the bodies of these women and groped them, nine of whom were employees of the state. Linsey Boylan, the first woman to come forward with an accusation of sexual harassment states, “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.” Cuomo has done exactly this, claiming that anything he did wrong was due to his upbringing and that he did not believe he had crossed a line. He continues to state, “I do hug and kiss people casually, women and men. I have done it all my life. It’s who I’ve been since I can remember. In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn. There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate.” However, he did make an apology to his three daughters for his actions, stating that he never intentionally disrespected these women, that he apologized for his actions, and that he has learned from the situation.

Another, lesser reason that Cuomo stepped down from his position is that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, he lied about COVID death numbers in nursing homes. He and his staff did this by rewriting a report to disguise the true death numbers. They claimed that they had done this due to fear of the Trump administration opening an investigation into the state’s handling of the pandemic.

With these two scandals under his belt, Cuomo claims that he stepped down to get away from the drama so that the government could get back to serving its purpose. With his resignation, Kathy Hochul will take his position, becoming the state’s first female governor.