Lauren Book says Andrew Cuomo did the ‘right thing’ by resigning after harassment allegations

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'There is no room for this kind of behavior in government or any segment of American society.'

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, a survivor of sexual assault, says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the right decision in stepping down Tuesday after he was accused of sexual harassment by nearly a dozen women.

Cuomo was also facing an investigation into whether he improperly used state resources to write a book detailing his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Cuomo attracted scrutiny after his administration was accused of providing misleading information regarding COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes.

But it was a press conference last week from New York Attorney General Letitia James that tipped the scales and pushed the Governor to resign. James’ office compiled a report featuring 11 separate accusations of wrongdoing against Cuomo. After days of outcry and news of impending impeachment proceedings, Cuomo announced Tuesday he would voluntarily resign his position as Governor.

Cuomo said he did not want to be a distraction or force additional investigations, which could draw state resources away from the pandemic response and other areas.

“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said.

Book praised the decision Tuesday in a written statement.

“Despite initial resistance, I am pleased that Andrew Cuomo has done the right thing and resigned from his position as Governor of New York,” Book said.

“The brave women who came forward with their experiences, despite smear campaigns and pressure to stay silent, have paved the way for others to be heard and believed. I am also thankful for the courage displayed by Attorney General Tish James who leaned into political discomfort in her quest for the truth, completing a thorough and unbiased investigation that has shone a light on an unacceptable culture of sexual harassment and abuse of power perpetrated by a man who represented himself as an outspoken champion for these issues.”

Cuomo had been a longtime fixture in Democratic politics, though he garnered increased scrutiny after a series of controversial decisions over the past year. While Cuomo earned some plaudits for his messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic, he faced blowback after his decision early on in the pandemic to send sick elderly patients out of hospitals and back into nursing homes.

Cuomo said he was operating with limited information and that the government believed a hospital setting — full of other COVID-19 patients — was unsafe for those elderly patients as well. But after New York’s nursing home death rate skyrocketed, critics accused Cuomo of still underreporting the number of patients who died after contracting COVID-19 in nursing homes.

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Cuomo then wrote a book hyping his leadership during the pandemic. That too landed him in hot water, after questions arose as to whether he used junior state employees to help write the book.

Then came the allegations of improper touching and inappropriate workplace conduct. Some women say he touched their breasts or buttocks without consent. Other women, including staffers working for Cuomo, accused him of questioning them about their sex lives and appearing to flirt with them while on the job.

“There is no room for this kind of behavior in government or any segment of American society,” Book said Tuesday of the allegations.

It’s unclear whether the allegations will lead to any criminal culpability, as investigators have not yet filed any charges.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


6 comments

  • Matthew Lusk

    August 10, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    It’s a no trainer, the democrat should have been locked up a long time ago.

  • Zhombre

    August 10, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Not so long ago, 10/01/2020 (from POLITICO):

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be making one of his highest-profile political appearances of the year this weekend, and it’ll happen — virtually, at least — in Florida.

    Cuomo will be the keynote speaker at a remote fundraiser for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party on Saturday. He’ll be joined at the digital dais by Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, and fellow New York native Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee. Tickets range from $50 to $10,000. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo asked Cuomo to participate.

    • Tom Palmer

      August 10, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Things change. Cuomo’s resignation was inevitable.
      This was well before the investigation results .
      We ‘will see now how another former New York reasident’s legal issues turn out.

  • Ron Ogden

    August 11, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Don’t you just get a kick out of proggies and their sex issues? They love to eat their own. Never seen a bigger collection of people focused on genital politics than the Democrats.

  • Matthew Lusk

    August 11, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Andrew did the wrong thing, that’s why he resigned. Now, will democrat Book ask Democrat Biden to resign for pinching that 8 year old girl’s nipple or will she wait till Biden resigns and then claim he did the right thing?

  • Derek Logue

    August 15, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Senator Lauren Book, YOU do the right thing and resign. You abused your position to cause harm to me, and I demand compensation for the abuse of power you have displayed. I call for your resignation!

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