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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces he will resign in this screen grab taken from a video released by the Office of the NY Governor, in New York, U.S., August 10, 2021. Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/Handout via REUTERS

State lawmakers in the six-member Haitian-American Legislative Caucus welcomed the pending resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, with some assembly members citing the need to engage his replacement on ways to help Haiti, in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moise’s assassination. 

“It is a good day in New York,” District 33 Assembly Member Clyde Vanel wrote to The Haitian Times, after Cuomo stated his intent to resign. “We have many issues of utmost importance to focus on including women’s rights, COVID-19, vaccinations and economic justice. It is time to put this chapter behind us and move forward.” 

The governor announced his resignation on Aug. 10, stating that it would take effect within 14 days. For months, Cuomo had faced a litany of sexual harassment allegations by current and former government workers, a corresponding investigation by the state attorney general and separate reports of efforts to obscure the number of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.