New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) finally announced that he is resigning on Tuesday in the wake of an investigation by the state’s attorney general concluding that he had sexually harassed multiple women.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, fired back by saying that Cuomo’s resignation is not enough, as she feels that he should also be arrested.

Backstory: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

Stefanik Sounds Off 

“New Yorkers have lived for far too long under the Worst Governor in America’s corrupt and criminal tenure,” said Stefanik. “This resignation is long past overdue. Governor Cuomo needs to be arrested and prosecuted for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.”

“Governor Cuomo also needs to be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal acts covering up the tragic deaths of our most vulnerable seniors in nursing homes,” she added. “In addition, Governor Cuomo and his staff, funded by the taxpayers, must be prosecuted for illegally using state resources to negotiate a multimillion-dollar book deal.”

“There are multiple federal and state laws that the Governor and his staff have broken, and they need to be held accountable,” Stefanik continued. “Every New Yorker must know that there is equal justice under the law – no matter if you are the most powerful figure in New York or an everyday New Yorker.”

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Stefanik Doubles Down

“The systemic culture of criminal corruption, political vengeance, and illegal retaliation under Andrew Cuomo was brushed under the rug for years by Democrats, the media, and the cesspool of Albany. It is a disgraceful chapter in New York’s history,” the New York Republican stated.

“The next Governor Kathy Hochul must purge Cuomo’s abusive, corrupt, and criminal political appointees immediately to clean house for the sake of every New Yorker,” she concluded. 

Cuomo Resigns

This came immediately after Cuomo announced his resignation.

“I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside,” Cuomo said, according to CNN

“This is one of the most challenging times for government in a generation. Government really needs to function today, government needs to perform,” he added. “It is a matter of life and death. Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing [the] state government should be doing.”

Cuomo’s resignation is set to officially go into effect in fourteen days.

This piece was written by James Samson on August 10, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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