Local lawmakers react to Cuomo resignation announcement

Cuomo Under Fire

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Southern Tier lawmakers are reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he will resign in 14 days.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) released a statement shortly after Governor Andrew announced he will resign in 14 days.

I think we have all been tired of hearing this governor desperately and pitifully trying to hold on to power over the past several months and so it is important for the start of a new era in New York State government.  It is critical that a new governor and the Legislature immediately get refocused on governing, on addressing the critical challenges facing local communities here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and throughout this state, on rebuilding New York’s economic and fiscal future, and on restoring public safety and trust.

It is important to move forward.  It is also important that all of the investigations into the misconduct and misdeeds of the Cuomo administration be carried out to their fullest extent for the sake of justice.  Too many lives have been shattered and everyone responsible for the cover-ups and illegal actions that have come to define this administration must be held accountable

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats)

Chemung County Executive gave this statement to 18 News Reporter Sarah Willson.

I think it was eventual. Obviously, he had lost all his support amongst his own party, and the state democratic chairman. So I think it’s a good day for New York. I wish Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul the best of luck, and hopefully the communication amongst Kathy Hochul and the county executives and county administration across the state will be much better.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet the Lieutenant Governor on multiple occasions, and I think she will be somebody that will work both sides of the aisle probably much better. And hopefully, she’ll be willing to listen to the ideas and solutions of county leaders across the state as well as others and make New York State a better place to live and raise a family.

Chemung County Executive Chrisopher Moss (R)

I was surprised he resigned; it’s not necessarily his standard, status quo action, style. But I think it was the right thing to do. I think anyone who has read the 168-page Attorney General’s report… would feel this way. It was very intense, hard to read, extremely detailed…. I think it was the right thing to do out of respect for not only the 11 women but the many individuals that came forward to outline the years of the toxic work environment.

I also do hope that the impeachment proceeding does continue because I think it’s really important that people remember that this was one of four charges.

And I think that it’s also really important that people understand that it’s not just cases of sexual harassment, it is the abuse of power that is also an issue… And in this case, it wasn’t just sexual harassment, but an abuse of power where women may not have felt safe or comfortable setting boundaries that could have lost them their livelihood.

Anna Kelles (D-NYS Assembly District 125)

Andrew Cuomo, by stepping down, is doing the right thing for our state; we need to move forward and have an executive not mired down by multiple serious scandals which are being investigated by the Assembly. Still, these brave women deserve their day in court and I encourage the Assembly to carry out the impeachment investigation in full. I wish Kathy Hochul a smooth transition, and I look forward to working on the peoples’ business with her.

State Senator Christopher Friend (R, C, I-Big Flats)

In light of the numerous scandals and investigations surrounding Gov. Cuomo, the governor announcing his resignation today was inevitable and long overdue.  This will be remembered as a dark period in New York state history. His resignation is clearly in the best interest of all New Yorkers. However, it is critically important that the numerous investigations taking place continue to completion so answers and accountability can be provided, particularly for the families of those who lost loved ones in nursing homes, the brave women who came forward to share their experiences and for all New Yorkers for having to endure the dark period of cover-ups, illegal activity and total lack of transparency and honesty. 

We have important business and challenges to address on behalf of the residents of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and all of New York state. 

It is my hope Lt. Gov. Hochul will work in a more collaborative and bipartisan manner in order to put our focus and energy on addressing the needs of New Yorkers who are looking for honest and transparent leadership. I look forward to working with her during this challenging transition as she becomes the first female governor of New York state.

Phil Palmesano (R-NYS Assemly District 125)

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