ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to fight the allegations of sexual harassment detailed in a recent report from Attorney General Tish James as he addressed New Yorkers for the final time as governor on Monday.
“The attorney general's report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic, and it worked,” Cuomo said, calling what happened to him “unfair and unjust.”
The governor’s video farewell remarks capped the 14-day transition period that took effect when the three-term Democrat announced his resignation amid a sexual harassment scandal. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will officially be sworn-in as New York’s first woman governor at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
Cuomo, who has long characterized himself as a leader who could finish projects that other politicians only promised to complete, touted his accomplishments since taking the helm as New York governor in 2011.
“We didn’t get everything done that we wanted to or even everything we should have done. And we didn’t always get it quite right. But I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, every day I worked my hardest, I gave it my all,” he said. “And I tried my best to deliver for you. And that is the God’s honest truth.”
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