New York State in the US on Tuesday swore-in its first female governor Kathy Hochul after months of distractions over sexual harassment allegations against the immediate past governor, Andrew Cuomo.
It was gathered that the Democrat from western New York was sworn in as governor in a brief, private ceremony in the New York State Capitol overseen by the state’s chief judge, Janet DiFiore.
Excited on her new post, the new governor tweeted immediately after, “Honoured to be officially sworn in as New York’s 57th Governor.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James had congratulated Hochul via Twitter just moments after the swear-in ceremony.
Cuomo left office at 12:00 a.m, two weeks after he announced he would resign rather than face a likely impeachment battle. He submitted his resignation letter late Monday to the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate.
In the letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie, Cuomo wrote:
I hereby tender my resignation for the office of Governor of the State of New York. This resignation will be effective at 12:00 a.m., August 24, 2021. It has been my pleasure to serve with you both.
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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo after stern pressure that trails his sexual scandal announced his resignation on August 10.
The Democrat said his resignation will take effect in 14 days which will end a decade-long run in the office he dedicated most of his adult life to keeping within his family — first as an adviser to his father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, before winning three terms himself.
Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul of Buffalo undoubtedly will now break a jinx as the first woman to serve as New York governor with Cuomo’s decision. She will be sworn in after Cuomo’s resignation takes effect and is set to fill out the remainder of his term, which runs through 2022.
Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, had also announced her resignation last Sunday; a move that came as the governor faces political survival.
In the indictment by Letitia James, the state’s Attorney General, DeRosa was mentioned 187 times in the 168-page report. She was indicted of her efforts to cover up the governor’s actions and acting against one of his accusers.
Last week Tuesday, President Joe Biden at the White House had called on Cuomo to resign following the indictment.
When asked whether Cuomo should be removed from office if he refuses to resign, Biden said, “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I do not know that for a fact.”