New York Lt. Gov. Hochul believes Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusers

Kathleen Courtney Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York City, addresses the crowd during the Women’s March in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City on January 18, 2020.

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New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s behavior as “disgusting and illegal” after the state attorney general’s office found out on Tuesday that he had sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Hochul would replace Cuomo if he resigned. Cuomo has already vowed not to resign and on Tuesday denied some of the report’s allegations.

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace, and certainly not in the public service,” Hochul said in a statement reacting to the explosive report, which accused Cuomo of unlawful misconduct and cited complaints from 11 women.

“I believe these courageous women and admire their courage to come,” the Hochul statement said.

Hochul, 62, had so far avoided criticizing Cuomo in the sexual harassment scandal, even as the 63-year-old governor faced a chorus of calls for his resignation, including from dozens of his fellow Democrats in state, local and federal politics.

In March, Hochul said she was “confident” that women who accused Cuomo of sexual harassment “will be heard and taken seriously” in the investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

And just before Cuomo was questioned by investigators last month, Hochul reportedly said he was “still very early in the process to draw conclusions as to political viability.”

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In his statement on Tuesday, Hochul still did not openly call on Cuomo to step down. But she noted, “under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps.”

“Because the lieutenant governors are next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this time,” the Hochul statement said.

Cuomo firmly denied some of the allegations against him on Tuesday and said other examples of his alleged misconduct had been misinterpreted or misinterpreted.

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