(NEW POST) “I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside,” Cuomo said from his Manhattan office.
After disputing the report’s findings and apologizing for some behavior that he insisted didn’t amount to sexual harassment, Cuomo said the wasted time and money from the impeachment process would hurt New Yorkers during a time of crisis.
“This is one of the most challenging times for government in a generation,” said the outgoing governor. “Government really needs to function today, government needs to perform. It is a matter of life and death.”
“Wasting energy on distractions is the last thing [the] state government should be doing.”
The impeachment process, he said, would “consume government.”
“It will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars,” he went on. “It will brutalize people.”
“This situation, by its current trajectory, will generate months of political and legal controversy. That is what we’re going to have. That is how the political wind is blowing.”