Saturday, September 24, 2022

Governor Cuomo says storm won’t stop his planned resignation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent his second-to-last day in office, projecting an image that he’s still in control, and still fully engaged as the state passes through Tropical Storm Henry. Deals with heavy rain.

The Democrat, who is set to resign at the end of the day on Monday, appeared at a televised briefing on Sunday, surrounded by top state officials involved in the state’s response to the storm.

Absent from the briefing was Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who is set to become governor in the first seconds of Tuesday morning.

“The lieutenant governor has been informed and we are in constant contact,” Cuomo said.

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When asked if he still planned to leave office as planned, Cuomo said, “Yes, my last day is tomorrow.”

He said he told his emergency management team that if anyone was thinking about quitting their jobs on Tuesday and not joining the new administration, they should stay “for the good of the state” until the storm subsides. Crisis does not happen.

A Hochul spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about his whereabouts. She weighed in on the storm on Twitter, saying, “My team and I are closely monitoring #Henry.”

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Hochul is to be administered the oath at 12:01 am on Tuesday. Cuomo announced two weeks ago that he would resign from office rather than endure a possible impeachment battle in the state legislature over sexual assault allegations.

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