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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