Cuomo Resigns Amid Scandals, Ending Decade-Long Run in Disgrace
A moderate Democrat and fiscal centrist, Mr. Cuomo began to clash with Democratic lawmakers more intensely when the party regained full control of the State Legislature in 2018, fueled by a crop of younger, left-wing lawmakers pushing for progressive reforms.
The attorney general report centered on interviews with 11 women, including a state trooper and an employee of an energy company whose accounts of sexual harassment by Mr. Cuomo had not been previously disclosed.
Lindsey Boylan, a former administration official, was the first to come forward. In December, Ms. Boylan, 36, publicly accused the governor of sexual harassment in a series of remarks on Twitter. She did not elaborate on the conduct, and attention to the accusation, which Mr. Cuomo denied, seemed to fade.
In February, Ms. Boylan published a lengthy essay on Medium in which she detailed her claim, describing several unsettling episodes, including one that involved the governor giving her an unsolicited kiss at his Manhattan office.
A few days later, Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former aide to Mr. Cuomo, told The New York Times in a series of interviews that the governor had asked her invasive questions while she was working for him, including whether she was monogamous and whether she had sex with older men.
His image battered and political oblivion looming, Mr. Cuomo went so far as to apologize in March — a rarity in his decade-long tenure as governor — for remarks that he said might have veered into “unwanted flirtation.” But he denied touching anyone inappropriately, a stance that many elected Democrats found less believable with each new accusation.
The last such allegation came later that month when an unidentified executive assistant said that Mr. Cuomo groped her at the Executive Mansion, where he lives, late last year. The woman, Brittany Commisso, publicly identified herself soon after the report’s release.
The weight of the report’s findings, combined with other accounts of how Mr. Cuomo’s executive office had been a difficult workplace for women, caused all but the staunchest of his defenders to abandon him, leaving the governor isolated and ultimately in an untenable, unwinnable struggle to maintain power.