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Officials look to move forward after Cuomo’s resignation

This photo from Feb. 25, 2015, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in Albany.
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This photo from Feb. 25, 2015, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in Albany.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are ready to move forward after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he would be resigning effective in 14 days.

The announcement surprised some, as Cuomo had vowed to fight the allegations against him.

However, numerous elected officials — Democrats and Republicans — had previously called on Cuomo to resign, and pressure was mounting on the state Legislature to remove Cuomo via impeachment.

Cuomo’s resignation means Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will soon become the state’s 57th governor. Many politicians are welcoming Hochul with open arms as she prepares to become the first female governor of the state.

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Politicians sent out both press releases and posted on their social media pages about the announcement. Here is just some of what they had to say:

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy 

“I have full confidence in Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who will become New York’s first female Governor. She is deeply familiar with the needs of communities across this state, and I look forward to working with her to keep Schenectady and our state moving forward.”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam

“Governor Cuomo’s resignation will finally allow our state to move forward — it was the right thing to do. I am looking forward to working with incoming Governor Kathy Hochul soon — we have much work to do and many challenges ahead.”

Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, R,C,I- Ballston

“Gov. Cuomo did the right thing for New Yorkers by resigning. Now, we can move forward and focus on our state’s recovery without scandals plaguing our leadership.

However, just because he has resigned, does not mean he is off the hook. Gov. Cuomo must be held accountable for his actions—in the allegations of sexual harassment and the deaths of thousands of our loved ones in nursing homes. I’m looking forward to working with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a bipartisan manner to get the people’s work done.”

Assemblyman Chris Tague. R-Schoharie

“The governor has resigned, and while we should continue to seek justice for all he has harmed, today we can begin getting back to work for the people of New York. I again want to thank the women who came forward for their accounts and applaud them for their bravery, because today we sent a message to everyone that conduct of this nature will never be tolerated, from anyone.”

State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties: “The Governor’s resignation was a necessary step toward restoring trust, transparency, and accountability in our state government and represents a historic shift in New York State. This moment would not be possible without the brave women who shared their stories in the face of fear, retribution and scare tactics. We owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude, for, without their courage, we would not be here today. 

At this critical moment, we need leaders who are solely focused on rebuilding our state and improving the lives of people and families everywhere.”

State Sen. Jim Tedisco, R,C-Glenville

“As the Governor looked at the specter of being impeached and removed from office for sexually harassing 11 women and for a host of other major scandals, Andrew Cuomo’s final message in his role as Governor can be summed up in three words: ‘deny, deny, and goodbye!”

State Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon

“The groping Governor is going. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he will finally resign as Governor is a GREAT day for New York State. Andrew Cuomo has revealed himself as a bully, thug, creep, and coward. However, today can’t be the last word on this disgraced former Governor. His – and his staff of enablers – incompetence, criminality, cover-ups, and corruption must be investigated by local, state, and federal law enforcement. The courageous women that Cuomo sexually harassed and abused who came forward to share their experiences and hold him accountable deserve our admiration and true justice, both in criminal and civil court.”

State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R,C-Schenevus: “Andrew Cuomo’s long-awaited departure opens the door for a new beginning in New York State.

While we can now turn to rebuilding our state, it does not mean the end of multiple investigations into the departing governor and his retaliatory enablers.”

New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy

“New Yorkers can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Andrew Cuomo will no longer be able to wield the immense power of the governor’s office to commit his corruption and abuse, but make no mistake, this resignation is simply an attempt to avoid real accountability for his numerous crimes. Thousands of lives have been destroyed by Andrew Cuomo and the legislature must continue to move forward with impeachment to ensure he can never run for office again.
“Whether it was his numerous pay-to-play and corruption scandals, his deadly nursing home coverup or his $5 million book deal, the New York Republican Party has traveled across the state to expose the real Andrew Cuomo, even when it was a lonely solo mission. We will not rest until the entire stench of the Cuomo Administration is wiped clean from state government and we usher in a new era of integrity and common sense under a Republican governor in 2022.”

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Congressman Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam: “For months, I have called for an independent investigation of the charges against Governor Cuomo and for him to hand the reins of governance to someone who can focus on the job.

His victims deserve justice and New Yorkers deserve better.  

The women who came forward are courageous, and there will undoubtedly be more questions about the path forward for him, but without question this was the right outcome for our state and our people.

While his resignation was long overdue, we can now begin the process of restoring New Yorkers’ trust in the dignity and accountability of our state’s executive leadership. 

We cannot afford to lose focus on the urgent tasks before us: saving lives and preventing the worst fallout of the ongoing COVID pandemic as we undertake the hard work of rebuilding our state and nation. 

I know we can do this. The people of New York can achieve anything when we work together with common purpose and a spirit of service. Today was months late but it’s a start. Now let’s get back to work.”

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga: “New Yorkers have lived for far too long under the Worst Governor in America’s corrupt and criminal tenure. This resignation is long past overdue. Governor Cuomo needs to be arrested and prosecuted for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. Governor Cuomo also needs to be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal acts covering up the tragic deaths of our most vulnerable seniors in nursing homes.”

Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-Patchogue and candidate in 2022 gubernatorial race: “Andrew Cuomo’s statement today is a clear indication he is resigning to skirt all repercussions for his actions as opposed to accounting for his misconduct. He knows he would be impeached. He knows he would be voted out of office. Andrew Cuomo broke the law and criminal repercussions must follow, despite him no longer serving in public office. From his deadly nursing home order and coverup, to his $5.1 million self-congratulatory book deal and serial harassment and abuse of others, he’s been unfit to continue serving for a long period of time.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY

“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. I have full confidence that Lt Governor Hochul will establish a professional and capable administration. I have spoken with Lt Governor Hochul and look forward to working together to help the people of New York.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY

“First and foremost, I want to thank the incredibly courageous women who came forward and shared their stories. They are the true public servants here. New York now has a chance to move forward and build a new culture of leadership. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is an exceptional public servant and will be an excellent governor. I look forward to working together to continue serving the people of our great state.”

Liz Joy, R-Schenectady, 2022 candidate for 20th Congressional District

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation is a start. But that is far from enough. There are many outstanding scandals and investigations that need to be fully completed. Andrew Cuomo is a serial predator, abuser, liar, and a criminal. He must be held accountable to the standard of law. All of the women who were abused must receive justice. The families of the 15,000 Nursing Home and Group Residents that perished must also receive justice. He broke Federal and State Laws. It’s time for him to be arrested and prosecuted.

In addition, every advisor and appointee of the Governor who contributed to the pervasive environment of abuse and corruption must be held accountable.

I am calling on Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to make a public statement when she takes the helm in 14 days that she will not pardon Andrew Cuomo.”

Albany County Legislature Majority Leader Dennis Feeney (D)

“Today’s news of Mr. Cuomo’s resignation marks the close of a dark chapter in New York politics. We remain in steadfast support of those victims of abuse and harassment, and today is proof that your voices are being heard and that actions do have consequences. As Majority Leader, I welcome the incoming administration of Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and look forward to working with her and our partners in the State Assembly and Senate to continue delivering strong leadership and efficient governance for the People of Albany County.”

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