Governor: ‘I’m not going to resign’
Cuomo apologizes, says he didn’t mean to make people feel uncomfortable
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this afternoon he won’t be resigning, despite calls for him to step down after three women accused him of sexual harassment.
Cuomo said his “customary greeting” is often to hug and kiss people. But he said he realizes now that his style can make some people uncomfortable and cause them pain.
“I truly and deeply apologize for it,” Cuomo said. “I never meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I ever meant to do.”
The governor asked the 19 million New Yorkers to hold off on judgement until an independent review is complete through the Attorney General’s Office.
“I have learned an important lesson,” Cuomo said about his style. “I’m sorry and I’m sorry for whatever pain I have caused someone. I will be the better for this experience.”
The governor held an afternoon news briefing and highlighted declining Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, and an increase in the number of vaccinations.
He is pushing to get a state budget done that can help the state with its economic recovery.
He has no plans to step down as governor, a position he has held for just over 10 years.
“I’m not going to resign,” Cuomo said. “I work for the people of New York State. I’m going to do the job the people of New York State elected me to do.”