New York lawmakers celebrated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stunning resignation Tuesday amid a sexual harassment scandal that was leading to his all-but-certain impeachment.
About 50 people attending an Assembly rent relief hearing in Lower Manhattan erupted in applause when someone shouted out, “The governor resigned!” following his televised announcement.
Following Gov. Cuomo’s resignation announcement, Attorney General Letitia James said, “Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York.”David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
Attorney General Letitia James, whose devastating Aug. 3 report led Cuomo to throw in the towel, also welcomed his decision.
“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it’s an important step towards justice,” she said in a prepared statement.
“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.”
Assemblyman Mike Lawler celebrated the end of Gov. Cuomo’s “11-year reign of terror on New Yorkers.”Hans Pennink
Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation “long overdue.”Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images
James added: “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.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said he had spoken to Hochul and added: “I look forward to working with her.”
“This has been a tragic chapter in our state’s history. Governor Cuomo’s resignation is the right decision,” Heastie said in a prepared statement.
“The brave women who stepped forward were heard. Everyone deserves to work in a harassment free environment.”
Outside the Assembly hearing, Assemblyman Mike Lawler (R-Rockland) said of Cuomo’s resignation: “Long overdue.”
“The governor has had an 11-year reign of terror on New Yorkers with one of the most corrupt administrations,” he said.
“You had 11 brave women come forward. It was inappropriate, it was predatory sexual behavior.”
Lawler added: “I’m glad to see he finally did the right thing and showed a modicum of decency before we impeached him.”
Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas (D-Queens) also called Cuomo’s move “long overdue.”
“I’m grateful for all the women who have come forward,” she said.
“I look forward to working with Kathy Hochul. We must pass sexual harassment and assault legislation.”
Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson (D-Queens) said, “It’s definitely a great sigh of relief as it relates to just being able to move forward as a state.
“We need a leader that can be effective,” he said.
Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson said Gov. Cuomo’s resignation comes with “definitely a great sigh of relief.”William Farrington
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said Gov. Cuomo’s resignation didn’t come “soon enough” for some people.Stefan Jeremiah
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), who was chairing the meeting, said Cuomo’s departure was “for some, not soon enough.”