Who becomes governor of New York if Cuomo resigns?
Many wonder what will happen in New York State if Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns or is removed and removed from office. Here’s everything you need to know about who will take over.
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that independent investigators had concluded that the governor had sexually harassed several women.
After nearly five months, investigators concluded that:
- Governor Cuomo sexually harassed several women – including former and current government employees – by indulging in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, and making inappropriate comments
- The governor and his senior officials have taken steps to retaliate against at least one former employee for telling his story.
- The Executive Chamber fostered a “toxic” workplace which allowed “harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment”.
- Investigators find that Governor Cuomo’s actions and those of the Executive Chamber violated several state and federal laws, as well as the Executive Chamber’s own written policies.
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Shortly after President Joe Biden said Cuomo should “step down” and a growing number of top Democrats across the country and upstate are calling on Cuomo to step down. You can see the full list below.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who oversees Cuomo’s impeachment inquiry, said the report indicated someone was unfit for a position.
Governor Cuomo says he will not resign. He disputes the explosive report on sexual harassment and said the allegations were false. He called the report unfair and one-sided.
Time will tell if Cuomo resigns or is impeached and removed from office, but if that did happen, many New Yorkers would be curious as to who would take over. New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would become New York Governor if Cuomo resigned.
She released the following statement after the release of the sexual harassment report:
Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace, and certainly not in the public service. The attorney general’s investigation documented disgusting and illegal behavior by the governor towards several women. I believe these brave women and admire their courage to come.
No one is above the law. Under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps.
Since the lieutenant governors are next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this time.
Hochul was born in Buffalo. In 1980, she graduated from Syracuse University and then obtained a law degree from Catholic University. She briefly worked as a lawyer in Washington DC before becoming legal counsel for a number of New York Democrats.
In 1994 she was elected to the Hamburg city council. She served as Erie County Clerk from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Hochul served in the United States House representing the 26th Congressional District of New York.
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