New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he will resign in two weeks because of a sexual harassment scandal that has crippled his administration.
Cuomo's shock announcement came after his lawyer again flatly denied claims that he had sexually harassed anyone.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will replace Cuomo, becoming the Empire State's first female governor.
Cuomo's resignation comes a week after a damning report issued by the state Attorney General's office found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women, including current and former staffers, as well as a state Police trooper.
Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday that Cuomo, 63, had broken state and federal laws with his conduct, which she asserted included unwanted touching and remarks that made the women feel uncomfortable.
Cuomo's decision to quit came after a wave of fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden and members of the state's congressional delegation — among them, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — and in New York's legislature either reiterated or made new calls that the three-term Democratic governor step down.
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