Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally resigned following a year of terrible press. But it was a string of sexual harassment allegations, not the death of thousands under his watch, that brought him down.
Cuomo’s resignation, taking effect Aug. 24, followed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement that a report found Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women and “violated federal and state law.” Cuomo denies the allegations and he said he was resigning because the scandals were distracting from the state’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this, Cuomo effectively admitted the sexual harassment allegations — and not the death of 15,000 New York nursing home residents due to his policies — was what forced his hand.