Reaction to Cuomo’s resignation

Cuomo Under Fire

CORRECTS CITY TO NEW YORK – In this still image from video, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Cuomo has resigned over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)

(WTEN)- A week after New York Attorney General Letitia James released the results of an independent investigation she said revealed Governor Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women, Gov. Cuomo resigned.

Since the findings of the report became public Gov. Cuomo had kept saying he would not be resigning. That changed Tuesday afternoon when he made the announcement he would be stepping down.

One of Gov. Cuomo’s alleged victims put out statements following his resignation:

Lindsey Boylan

“From the beginning, I simply asked that the Governor stop his abusive behavior. It became abundantly clear he was unable to do that, instead (of) 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.”

State and local politician reaction

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (D)

“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.”

Attorney General Letitia James (D)

“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. I know our state is in good hands with Lieutenant Governor Hochul at the helm, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

Senator Peter Oberacker (R)

“The door is open for a new beginning, and it is time to refocus our efforts on boosting our small businesses, improving the lives of individuals and families, and answering to those who elected us – that’s what New Yorkers deserve.”

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (D)

“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.”

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R)

“This is what’s right for our state. While Andrew Cuomo’s resignation does not absolve him in any of his ongoing criminal investigations, it does allow our government to move forward. Republicans and Democrats need to work together to ensure this is a new era of bipartisanship, reform, and progress that New Yorkers can be proud of. I’m sending my best wishes to Kathy Hochul today.”

Tweet from Representative Claudia Tenney (R)

“I now renew my earlier tweet to change the name of the expensive bridge over the Hudson.”

Representative Elise Stefanik (R)

“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.”

Assembly Minority Leader Wil Barclay (R)

“Stepping down was inevitable, overdue and the only path forward for Andrew Cuomo. The scandals surrounding the governor’s office have generated one of the darkest periods in state history, and it’s fortunate the governor finally came to the realization that his resignation is clearly in the best interest of New York. What’s next for Andrew Cuomo remains to be seen, with multiple investigations on a number of issues still active.”

Senator John W. Mannion (D)

“Andrew Cuomo’s decision to resign was the right thing to do, but it was only made necessary by his failure to do the right thing so many times before. It is my hope that the legislature will continue to investigate the outstanding questions surrounding the corruption of his administration because real change cannot come without full understanding of the problem.”

Senator Brad Hoylman (D)

“I’m grateful that this sad chapter in New York’s history is coming to an end thanks to the inspirational courage of the women who came forward to share their stories in the Attorney General’s report. I look forward to working with incoming Governor Kathy Hochul to address the severe problems facing our state, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on New York’s most vulnerable. It’s my sincere hope that a change in leadership in Albany will mark a new era of cooperation and collaboration between the Legislature and the Governor for the betterment of all New Yorkers.”

Representative Pat Fahy (D)

“Governor Cuomo made the right decision today. I commend him for putting the interests of New York State first and preventing a drawn-out and expensive impeachment process. As difficult as this may be — as elected officials, we are held to a higher standard, and through holding one another accountable under the law — we demonstrate that our democratic institutions’ matter.”

Senator John E. Brooks (D)

“This has been a very difficult period for the people of New York and we have much to do as we continue to battle COVID, rebuild our economy, prepare for a new school year, address concerns with the MTA, protect our environment, and so much more. All of us in the state legislature must come together and work with soon-to-be Governor Hochul in putting people and not politics first.”

Congressman Brian Higgins (D)

“From her earliest days as a local official to her time as my colleague in Congress and her service as Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul’s sole priority has always been the people. Kathy is a public servant of integrity who works hard to listen to and deliver for the communities she represents. She will be an excellent Governor and will make New Yorkers proud.”

Senator Patrick Gallivan (R)

“This is a sad day for the State of New York, but I am thankful that Governor Cuomo has decided to step aside for the sake of the residents of our state.  It is clear the governor violated his oath of office and can no longer govern effectively. However, the brave women who stepped forward deserve justice and I believe the various investigations of the governor’s conduct should continue to include the improper reporting of nursing home deaths and the improper use of state employees for personal gain.”

Assemblymember Pat Burke (D)

“Andrew Cuomo’s resignation was the necessary step to restore trust between New Yorkers and their government. It’s a sad day to see another Governor’s career end in scandal but it’s also a historic day as we welcome New York’s first female Governor, Kathy Hochul! Let’s Go Buffalo! Let’s Go New York!”

Senator George M. Borrello (R)

“Despite his apologies, we won’t forget or forgive team Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes attempts to discredit and undermine the reputations of the 11 courageous women who had the courage to come forward. We cannot and will not forget them or what they endured. We also won’t forget the countless nursing home residents – our parents, grandparents, and friends – who lost their lives to his unconscionable policies.”

Tweet from Senator Tim Kennedy (D)

“New York is in excellent hands with @LtGovHochulNY. She’s a hard worker, she truly listens to people, and I have no doubt she will rebuild and restore trust in Albany. I stand ready to help her in this transition.”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D)

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

Senator Jim Tedisco (R)

“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!”

Senator Daphne Jordan (R)

“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.”

Assemblyman Chris Tague (R)

“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. I wish to congratulate Kathy Hochul, the next governor of our state, and hope that we will be able to establish a productive, bipartisan relationship to do all we can for the people of New York.”

Senator Michelle Hinchey (D)

“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.”

Senator Ed Rath (R)

“This afternoon’s resignation from Governor Cuomo is a welcomed and necessary relief for those New Yorkers he has harmed and those who continue to look to Albany for leadership amid this pandemic. Harassment has no place in our society, especially at the upper levels of state government.”

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D)

“I am relieved as are most other New Yorkers that Andrew Cuomo announced he is resigning the office of Governor. The events of the past week as we learned the contents and conclusions of the Attorney General’s report on allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation have been dismaying and disappointing. His responses to the report have been utterly tone-deaf to the significance and consequence of his actions to women in his employ and to women generally and further demonstrated his inability to lead this state.”

Assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo (R)

“After months of lying about his actions and avoiding accountability, Andrew Cuomo has officially resigned and is no longer our governor. To be clear, Andrew Cuomo’s resignation does not impact the ongoing criminal investigations — he still has much to answer for.  As Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul prepares to take over, I extend to her my best wishes and hope to work together in a bipartisan fashion on behalf of all New Yorkers.”

Senator Shelley Mayer (D)

“Governor Cuomo made the right decision in the best interest of the people of New York today when he announced his resignation. New York State remains in a difficult and perilous moment given the ongoing challenges of COVID and economic recovery. I look forward to working closely with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul as she takes leadership of our state and I have full confidence in her.”

Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio (R)

 “The governor’s resignation is an admission of guilt. Had he responded to the Judiciary Committee and accepted the due process of the Legislature, it would be a different story. However, the Judiciary Committee will continue its investigation into the nursing home cover-up, his book deal and the sexual harassment allegations. It is a sad day for New York with this resignation, but a great day now that we have our first female governor.”

Senator Andrew Gounardes (D)

“Governor Cuomo’s resignation is a victory for the brave women who came forward, at great personal risk, to hold the most powerful person in our state government accountable. Their courage is inspiring, and I want to thank them for sharing these difficult experiences. We must honor their bravery by continuing this conversation and by continuing to root out this behavior from not only the state government but all workplaces.”

Assemblymember Jonathan Rivera (D)

“With the governor’s warranted resignation now behind us, New Yorkers can now take solace in our collective eagerness to restore credibility to the executive chamber. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is more than capable of taking on the responsibility of the governor’s seat and to reestablishing dignity to the office. She has spent more than 25 years in government, which began right here in Western New York (and in the 149th Assembly District) with a 14-year stint on the Hamburg Town Board, before becoming Erie County clerk and then a congresswoman. Her experience and travels across the state position her well to understand the needs and issues of all New Yorkers.”

Former Governor George Pataki (R)

“This is a sad day for New York but Governor Cuomo needed to resign. The process Attorney General James undertook was not unfair but thorough, professional and balanced. I wish Lieutenant Governor Hochul great success, her success is essential for the people of the State I love.”

Assemblymember Richard Gottfried (D)

“I applaud the women who bravely told their difficult stories and thank Attorney General Tish James for her comprehensive and impartial report. Andrew Cuomo has done the right thing for the people of New York by resigning. I have confidence in Kathy Hochul’s ability as Governor to confront the challenges and opportunities that face our state and look forward to working with her.”

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R)

“Today’s resignation by Gov. Cuomo marks the first step in the healing process for the stressful and chaotic period his time in office has been to New Yorkers everywhere,” said Brabenec. “This announcement came as a surprise, but I am glad Cuomo did the right thing and stepped down.”

Assemblyman Keith P. Brown (R)

“This governor’s administration was one that will be remembered from the very beginning for the intense amount of corruption and scandal it brought the people of New York. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We cannot allow resignation to be the end of this story. I am committed wholly to continuing to find justice for the victims of Cuomo’s abuse and corruption. Whether you’re a taxpayer in New York or the loved one of the 15,000 nursing home patients that lost their life, you deserve accountability.”

Democratic 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.”

Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D)

“I commend all of the survivors who came forward to stand up against workplace abuse and harassment and to tell the truth about Governor Cuomo’s behavior. I want to thank Attorney General Letitia James for listening to these brave women and producing the report that helped bring this painful chapter of New York history to a close. There is much more to be done to stop workplace harassment and abuse of power. I will keep you updated on the Assembly’s next steps regarding this matter and any pertinent legislation.”

Tweet from Senator Jeremy Cooney (D)

“This is a moment of change. Survivors were not only believed but there were direct consequences for Gov Cuomo’s abuse of power. I’m grateful for the courageous women who came forward, and I am ready to work with incoming Gov Hochul on behalf of Rochesterians and all New Yorkers.”

Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris (D)

“Today is a sad but necessary day in our state’s history. The Governor’s resignation is an important step in the process of ensuring accountability and acknowledging the harm done by his behavior. I thank the women who came forward with such courage to have their voices heard and help make New York a safer, fairer place.”

Assemblyman Mike Norris (R)

“At last, Gov. Cuomo is allowing the people of New York state to move forward by offering his resignation and ending this dark and difficult chapter in our state’s history As a lifelong Western New Yorker, I look forward to working together with our state’s first female governor, Kathy Hochul, to continue to strengthen our region and help our state’s economic recovery.”

Assemblymember Monica Wallace (D)

“I appreciate the Governor’s decision to put the good of the State of New York ahead of his own personal interests and resign… Our state is at a critical moment. We are still in a pandemic, we have children who need
to get back to school, tenants and small landlords who need rent relief, and struggling small businesses. All of these issues require our full attention. I look forward to working with soon-to-be Governor Hochul on the many challenges facing New York.”

Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D)

“These have been deeply troubling times for New Yorkers.  As New York State Assembly speaker Carl E. Heastie has said, “this has been a tragic chapter in our state’s history. Speaking ‘truth to power’ is never an easy pursuit.  As we begin to move forward, let us recognize the courage, strength, and integrity of the women who dared to come forward.  Moreover, let us commit ourselves to continuing the battle for the inalienable rights of our sisters and daughters in New York and in every other state.”

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R)

“The news of Gov. Cuomo’s resignation will hopefully mark the start of our government operating in an effective and bipartisan manner. There is a myriad of important issues currently facing our state, including the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our crumbling and aged infrastructure, the rampant lawlessness and marked disrespect for law enforcement and the eviction moratorium which has devastated landlords and has seemingly created a housing bubble that our state is preparing to pop.”

Republican members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee

“The Republican members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee remain committed to completing our impeachment investigation of the Governor. The people of the State of New York deserve a full, public disclosure of the information obtained during our search for the truth. We intend to hold Gov. Andrew Cuomo accountable on behalf of his victims, including the 15,000 innocent lives lost in nursing homes. This has been a thorough, significant endeavor and we will strive to bring closure to all of the grieving families.”

Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D)

“Governor Cuomo is finally acknowledging his solemn duty.  That said, while his decision to leave office may forestall impeachment proceedings, it should not prevent the State Legislature from continuing to examine the important matters that led to widespread calls for the termination of his role as New York’s chief executive.  In particular, safeguards need to be put in place to end, once and for all, sexual harassment in the workplace, ensure the integrity of vital health care information and uncover the full circumstances surrounding Governor Cuomo’s use of public resources for private gain.”

Congressman Paul Tonko (D)

“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.”

Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson (D)

“I commend New York State Attorney General Tisha James for hearing the women who came forward to share their painful stories and for conducting a thorough investigation that left no doubt of the extent of Governor Cuomo’s actions and misconduct. Governor Cuomo’s resignation was the right decision as it has become clear that he cannot continue leading New York State effectively. New Yorkers deserve a leader who is focused on solving the problems we are facing. I am confident that incoming Governor Kathy Hochul has the ability to lead the state through this crisis and I look forward to working with her and moving New York State forward.”

Minority Leader Frank Mauriello (R)

“Gov. Cuomo’s resignation signals a new beginning for New York State. No one is above the law and New Yorkers should be proud of the work done by investigators to expose the governor’s disgraceful actions. While he will no longer serve as an elected official, he should still be held accountable for all the pain he caused those 11 brave women.”

Senator Mike Martucci (R)

“Governor Cuomo’s resignation is long overdue, but I’m glad he finally came to the obvious realization that all of us came too long ago. The culture of abuse, intimidation, lies, and bullying that he brought to state government were among our state’s darkest chapters. Thankfully we are closing the book on that era today.”

Assemblyman Josh Jensen (R)

“With Gov. Cuomo’s impending resignation, our state can turn the page and finally have a leader who isn’t plagued with never-ending scandals. However, the governor’s resignation announcement is not the final chapter. He still needs to be held accountable for his actions; for sexual harassment and hostile workplace accusations, for New Yorkers who lost loved ones in nursing homes, for misuse of state resources, and any additional focuses of multiple ongoing investigations.”

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D)

“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 work spaces.”

Assemblywoman Missy Miller (R)

“Gov. Cuomo did the right thing by resigning. Our focus should continue to be on battling COVID-19 and our state’s recovery. His investigation would cost taxpayers millions and that’s not fair to the hardworking residents of our state. However, Gov. Cuomo still needs to be held accountable. The courageous women who came forward and all the New Yorkers who lost loved ones in nursing homes deserve justice.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D)

“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.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

“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.”

Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D)

“Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally put New Yorkers first and announced his resignation. I am forever grateful for the eleven women who risked everything to speak out about their experience of sexual misconduct. New York will be a better and safer place because of them. While further accountability is necessary, this moment reflects the hard work of survivors who have been striving for an end to workplace harassment for decades. New York State can now move forward and address the needs of the people we were elected to serve. I look forward to working under Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership. Let this next chapter for New York be one of integrity, optimism, and progress.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D)

“This has been a tragic chapter in our state’s history. Governor Cuomo’s resignation is the right decision. The brave women who stepped forward were heard. Everyone deserves to work in a harassment-free environment. I have spoken with Lieutenant Governor Hochul and I look forward to working with her.”

Senator Anna Kaplan (D)

“The COVID crisis continues to present our community with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis, and in this extraordinary moment, New York needs strong leadership in Government to ensure that we overcome those challenges, and build back better and stronger than ever. I believe that our Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is immensely qualified to step into that role on day one and lead New York to brighter days.”

Assemblyman Mike Lawler (R)

“It’s past due time that Andrew Cuomo resigned from office after 11 years of bullying, thuggery, and now, predatory sexual behavior. His conduct was completely and totally unbecoming of the office of Governor. I’m glad he showed one little moniker of decency by resigning and sparing the people of New York an expensive and prolonged impeachment process.”

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R)

“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.”

Senator Samra Brouk (D)

“The governor has harmed many women—women who were working in service of the Great State of New York and the public. I am relieved to hear that Andrew Cuomo has resigned from the executive chamber, but I remain concerned about the extensive network of allies who worked to help him cover and ‘spin’ his acts, and that the toxic work environment he fostered could persist in his absence. We must work to ensure the hostile, unlawful conduct that occurred in the executive chamber is not occurring in any workplace, let alone in state government. I thank the women who came forward and acknowledge the many who could not for their own personal reasons.”

Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R)

“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.”

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt

“With Governor Cuomo resigning in disgrace, our next Governor, Kathy Hochul, will soon be facing enormous challenges. She deserves the opportunity to confront these challenges with a clean slate, and with the support of individuals who are not besmirched and compromised by ties to this dark, corrupt chapter in our state’s history. With this in mind, I am calling for the immediate resignation of state agency officials with direct ties to the soon-to-be former Governor and the many scandals that have plagued state government.”

Senator Dan Stec (R)

“This is a historic time for our state. Regardless of the circumstances, it is a pivotal moment as New York’s first female governor prepares to take office. While the role of lieutenant governor is largely ceremonial, Kathy Hochul has had the benefit of traveling the state, visiting many communities, and seeing the geographic, cultural, and economic differences across New York.  Combined with her federal, state, and local government experience, she’ll be prepared to hit the ground running in less than two weeks.”

Local government reaction

Tweet from Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin (R)

“11 years I’ve told you @NYGovCuomo is a sociopath. I’ve been correct the entire time.”

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R)

“Many may find relief in Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. We would all do well to remember that his downfall came at a tremendous cost. His failings hurt New Yorkers, devastated families, and victimized women. The damage he caused will not be soon repaired… but repair we must.”

Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce (D)

“It is in the best interest of the State of New York and County of Albany that the Governor has decided to do the right thing by resigning. In the midst of a new phase of the COVID pandemic and the numerous challenges ahead of us, we must focus on the work ahead. Kathy Hochul is a proven, experienced public servant that has served at nearly every level of government and we look forward to her leadership.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (D)

“Now is the time to move our state forward. There is still a pandemic infecting hundreds of thousands across the globe each day. As we rebuild our state and help our residents recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19, I stand with Governor Hochul in the challenging days ahead. Governor Hochul is known across the state for her leadership and effectiveness in fighting for all New Yorkers. She listens, she is decisive, and I am proud to call her my friend.”

Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

“The Conservative Party wishes incoming Governor Kathleen Hochul well in her transition to New York’s top executive office, but we will continue holding her to account for allowing Mr. Cuomo’s gross, well-known behavior to go on for these past seven years. Mr. Cuomo’s behavior has shown the need for far greater transparency in New York State government, and so many questions for him still need to be answered.”

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple

“I give the governor credit for putting NY first.  Although our investigation was never about his office.  Today’s announcement will have no effect on our investigation. We still have a complaint and an allegation of criminal conduct.  Our investigation continues.”

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw (R)

“Despite his disgraceful exit, the dark days of Andrew Cuomo destroying our beloved state are over. Unfortunately for him, the criminal investigation into his book deal and having taxpayer-funded employees working on it are far from over.  Good.  He’s not the only politician that should have emails, text, phone calls, and swipe cards checked to see if government employees worked on taxpayers’ time to personally profit from a book deal.”

Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels

“The imminent change of leadership in Albany is good news for all New Yorkers, particularly members of sovereign Native Nations located within the state’s borders who have for too long been overlooked and mistreated by the current administration. Today’s announcement was not precipitated by politics, but by the actions of one individual, his abuse of power, and the bravery of those who had the strength and courage to stand up for themselves. I hope this signals the end of the well-known and well-documented bully tactics that have been deployed at the state Capitol throughout his term.”

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R)

“While this is a situation that should have never occurred, the governor has acted in the best interest of New Yorkers by stepping down. State government will always be of, by, and for the people and I look forward to putting this dark time in New York’s history behind us so we can focus on what really matters, you.”

Chautauqua County Democratic Chair Norm Green

“Several thoughts come to mind for me today as Gov. Cuomo’s resignation sinks in.  First, this chapter is over and second is that in two weeks we will swear in NY’s 57th governor; western New York’s own Kathy Hochul. As many know, Kathy will be New York’s very first female governor.  She spends lots of time in our county and at Chautauqua Institution.  She is married to former US Attorney Bill Hochul and he will be a fabulous first husband for our state.”

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan (D)

“This is an important moment for New York, and it is thanks to the courage of the many women who came forward to demand accountability and justice for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reprehensible and abhorrent behavior. We will now finally have our first woman Governor, and I am very optimistic about the future of New York under Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership. She is the real deal – a proven public servant who understands how government works and will lead our State forward with integrity.”

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns (D)

“On one hand, today is a very somber day for all of New York State and on the other, it is yet another momentous first for this great State. I want to congratulate Erie County’s very own Kathy Hochul on her historic next step as the first female Governo of New York State.”

Erie County Executive Mark Polocarz (D)

“With today’s announcement New York State has turned the page and will be beginning a new chapter with Kathy Hochul as our 57th governor and the first female governor of our great state. I have known Kathy for decades, having worked with her closely on numerous issues, and I can confirm that she has the work ethic, determination, and skill set to not only succeed in the job but to take the Empire State to new heights.”

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy (R)

“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.”

Columbia County Democratic Committee

“Today marks the beginning of a bright future for New York State.  The Columbia County Democratic Committee is inspired by incoming Governor Kathy Hochul’s long and distinguished career working on behalf of our County and the People of the State of New York.  On a recent visit to Columbia County on July 27th, she electrified the audience with her passion about the issues affecting our area and her commitment to helping our County.  She is a tireless advocate for Upstate New York.”

Eric County Democratic Committee Chair Jeremy Zellner

“Governor Cuomo acknowledged the governmental and political realities facing him in the aftermath of the Attorney General’s report: As I said days ago, he simply can no longer lead, and his resignation is the right thing to do. Our fellow New Yorkers will come to know what we in Western New York have known for a long time: Kathy Hochul is a consummate public servant and leader who will devote herself to meeting the many challenges we face, from Covid to our economy. We stand ready to support Kathy Hochul, with great confidence in her ability to unite New Yorkers and keep us moving forward and build back NY better.”

Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis (D)

“As New Yorkers we have experienced many victories and challenges during the past two years and I’m proud of our responsiveness and progressiveness. New York State is a great state and we have and continue to set the bar for many other states in the Nation. We look forward to continuing to be New York tough under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Hochul and I am committed as the president of this legislative body to provide whatever support is needed during this transition.”

Albany County Executive, Dan McCoy (D)

“We were promised the Governor would do the right thing following the investigation, and the right thing meant resigning. We are still in the middle of a health crisis and need leadership at the State level. New York’s Health Department has been absent when it comes to guidance for school districts with reopening just three weeks from now. On top of that, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance hasn’t handed out millions in critical rental assistance money. New York demands effective and focused leadership at a time like this, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for six years now. She is a battle tested and ready. It’s time to move foward and to heal.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (D)

“Today is a sad day for the State of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has done the right thing and our State will move forward under the leadership of my friend and colleague, Buffalo resident, Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul. I have no doubt that our state’s first female governor will serve us well and make us proud.”

Albany County District Attorney

“We will not be making a comment about the resignation at this time. Our inquiry into criminal conduct in our jurisdiction remains open and pending.”

Organization reactions

Citizen Action Co-Executive Director Jess Wisneski

“New Yorkers are desperately in need of a state government that puts them before Andrew Cuomo’s personal and political interests. Finally, Andrew Cuomo has resigned and we can do that. Soon, Lt. Governor Hochul will make history as our state’s first woman governor. We urge her to make it her first priority to remove all those who allowed the governor’s abhorrent behavior to persist.”

Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona

“Governor Cuomo’s resignation is a direct result of the brave women who have stepped forward to speak out against his egregious abuses of power. We commend their courage. But this matter is not over. Governor Cuomo is a serial abuser and predator—and his comments make clear that he still does not acknowledge the magnitude of the damage he’s done to our state. He must be held accountable—both to the countless women he harassed over decades in public office, and to the state he all but abandoned during its worst crisis yet.”

New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta

“Kathy Hochul has long been a dedicated public servant and has shown leadership throughout her career. We look forward to working with her on the challenges we face ahead.” 

The Business Council of New York State

“These unfortunate events have again highlighted the fact that there is no place for sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. As we turn the page, we look forward to working with soon-to-be Governor Kathy Hochul, who we believe will be a strong leader in her attempts to create stability in New York. Lieutenant Governor Hochul has always been a friend of The Business Council. We are confident as Governor Hochul, she will continue to do the same and work with us to achieve a healthier business climate.”

Executive Director of Upstate United Justin Wilcox

“Given her extensive experience in government and outstanding leadership qualities, there is no doubt that Lieutenant Governor Hochul is ready to lead New York State as our next governor. The challenges associated with the pandemic and its impact on hardworking New Yorkers are as serious as ever. We look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Hochul and her administration to restore our communities and revive the state’s economy.”

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

“The RWDSU welcomes our soon-to-be Governor, Kathy Hochul, as she takes on the enormous responsibilities of governing our state, and managing New York’s response to the pandemic. We have worked with her throughout her years in Congress and as Lieutenant Governor; and we have seen that she is a strong and smart leader with the right values. We look forward to continuing to work with her to protect and advance the needs of working people during these extraordinary times.”

Mental Health Association in New York, Inc., Glenn Liebman

The entire community is finding out more about future Governor Kathy Hochul and where she stands on mental health issues.   She has been a strong advocate for both mental health and children’s issues. She spoke at our panel discussion last year about the mental health impact of the pandemic to children in schools as well as speaking at our Legislative Day this year discussing issues of COVID and mental health.  Attached below are two conversations she had with Commissioner Sullivan—one related to mental health among children and the other related to suicide prevention.  We look forward to working with her and her team moving forward.”

Executive Director and Founder of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff

“Andrew Cuomo resigned today and claimed he accepted responsibility for his actions. But the Assembly must move forward with their impeachment proceedings to truly hold him to account and affirm that powerful people who create a toxic work environment should not be tolerated in any workplace. This is a moment to show up for survivors, and the Assembly — in addition to incoming Governor Kathy Hochul — must respond by passing the Adult Survivors Act. The criminal justice system routinely fails survivors, rarely punishing abusers for their actions.”

New York State Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs

“New York will finally have its first female Governor and we could not be in better hands. From assisting her mother run a transitional domestic violence shelter to helping make the property tax cap permanent, Kathy Hochul has always and relentlessly fought for the people of New York. Her experience at all levels of government- Town Board Member, County Clerk, Congresswoman, and Lieutenant Governor, makes her uniquely well-equipped to effectively govern the state at this time.”

New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association President Thomas H. Mungeer

“While the NYSTPBA will not comment on the outgoing governor’s self-serving resignation speech, we commend our Trooper for having the courage to come forward and reveal the sexual harassment that she endured. We are looking forward to working with incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul. We are confident that she will provide the leadership and values that we expect from a chief executive. As always, the men and women who have proudly earned the title of New York State Trooper will continue to serve the people of the state of New York, free from politics.”

Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway

“We will be very pleased to see New York’s first woman governor take office later this month. Her ascent will help to restore our faith in state government and its leadership.  That faith had been badly shaken by the contents of Attorney General Letitia James’ report on the Governor’s actions. Given that the vast majority of sexual harassment and abuse cases go unreported, we applaud the courage of those who came forward.  We believe that their actions will protect others from suffering the same treatment. Sexual harassment is illegal, immoral, and harmful to the basic fabric of society.  It is essential that all employees are safe in any workplace.” 

Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris

“New York faces intersecting crises of climate, congestion, and traffic violence, and we need our leaders working together to deliver a strong future for our state. With deep experience across all levels of government, Kathy Hochul is going to be a strong – not to mention trailblazing – leader of the Empire State.”

Center for Disability Rights

“In the face of impeachment proceedings addressing sexual harassment and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state’s nursing facilities, Andrew Cuomo has announced his resignation as Governor of New York State. Although this ends his tenure as Governor, today’s announcement begins the process of healing for our state. With the transition in leadership, New York State will finally have its first female Governor. This milestone is long overdue, but there is hard work ahead for all of us. Our future Governor, Kathy Hochul, is taking the reins of state government during a time of unprecedented challenges. It is imperative that she recognize the failures of her predecessor as she moves our state forward.”

Libertarian Party of New York Chair Cody Anderson

“Although we wish he would have done so immediately, we are nonetheless happy and relieved that Mr. Cuomo has made the decision to step aside for the good of New York State. He was an ineffective leader who became a serious distraction to the palpable problems facing the state. We hope the Assembly and the district attorneys in Albany and Nassau Counties complete their investigations so that citizen Cuomo can be held accountable — criminally, civilly, or both — for his actions.”

New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Murad Awawdeh

“We honor the bravery of the women who have come forward at great personal risk to share their stories and commend the leadership of Attorney General James for her unwavering commitment to ensuring these women were heard. As New York State turns the page on this dark chapter, we look forward to partnering with incoming Governor Hochul on delivering the relief every immigrant New Yorker needs whether they live in Queens County or Erie County. In doing so, our new Governor will stand up for immigrants and ensure they can once again play an essential role in reviving New York’s economy.”

NYGOP 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.”

Executive Director of Common Cause/NY Susan Lerner

“We are relieved that Governor Cuomo is resigning, as Common Cause/NY and so many others demanded. However, his resignation should take place immediately. New Yorkers require a functioning government, not a leadership void created by a grace period for misconduct.”

Alliance for Quality Education Advocacy Director Zakiyah Ansari

“Cuomo’s reputation for ‘leadership’ sprang from his entitlement to the power he held over others, not a commitment to public service. Over the past year in particular, the true cost of Cuomo’s neglect of the needs of New Yorkers reached a crisis point, as our communities faced challenges that few others have ever had to confront. Rather than picking up the heavy responsibility, Cuomo stuck to his standard playbook of lies, obfuscation, and political gamesmanship. He left Black, Brown, poor and immigrant communities to bear the cost of his mistakes.”

New York Working Families Party Director Sochie Nnaemeka

“Thank you to the brave survivors who spoke out and the Attorney General Tish James for compiling a thorough and comprehensive report. The culture of bullying, abuse, and corruption under Andrew Cuomo has finally been brought to an end. We look forward to working with our champions in the legislature to address the urgent issues facing working New Yorkers across our state, including record rates of homelessness, the slow disbursement of rent relief and the Excluded Workers’ Fund, and deep inequities in health care. However, resignation is not accountability, and we urge the legislature to continue with impeachment proceedings so that Andrew Cuomo is never again elevated to a position of power.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom Executive Director Jason J. McGuire

“While Gov. Cuomo is doing the right thing by stepping down, it is disappointing that he has failed to admit to the acts of sexual harassment that he has been credibly accused of committing. Instead, the Governor argues that he never intentionally mistreated a woman and that allegations made against him were politically motivated. If the allegations were false, he should have continued to fight them. If not, he should be honest with the people of the state of New York about what he has done.”

New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher

“New York Farm Bureau looks forward to continue working with soon-to-be Governor Kathy Hochul as she seeks to provide stability to the governor’s office and address critical matters facing our state. She is a longtime friend to the state’s farming community and its people. Her work in Congress and as lieutenant governor brought her close to the issues facing agriculture, and she has always been open to listening to our concerns, visiting our farms, and meeting with our members at the annual New York Farm Bureau Taste of NY Reception in Albany. Lt. Gov Hochul recognizes that New York agriculture is vital to our state’s economy, local food supply, and expanding access to healthy food for all New Yorkers.”

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