Thanks for everything, Mr. Cuomo, but it’s time to say goodbye
It’s tough to write a timely editorial for a weekly newspaper when news about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation could come at any moment, even though he’s continually denied sexual harassment allegations and said he wouldn’t resign as New York’s 56th governor.
As of this writing on Wednesday, Aug. 4, Cuomo remained in office. If the governor doesn’t resign between press time and Thursday morning, when this week’s issue hits the streets, we join other newspapers across the state calling for his prompt resignation. On Tuesday, Aug. 3, an investigation from the state attorney general’s office found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women inside and outside state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers.
If the governor resigns between press time and Thursday morning, we will join other newspapers that may praise the decision.
While we applaud the governor’s leadership in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the millions of dollars he funneled toward the revitalization of Lake Placid’s Olympic venues and some of his progressive legislative agendas — such as the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 — the results of the sexual harassment probe are too disturbing to keep him in office.
How ironic that on Aug. 12, 2019, Cuomo signed the New York State Human Rights Law to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. All employers in the state are now required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and educate their employees about the policy. State departments, including the Governor’s Office, are not exempt from sexual harassment laws or training.
If the governor does not resign, he should be impeached.