New York’s last three governors, all Democrats, stepped down amid scandal

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It has been 15 years since a New York governor left office without scandal – and just as long as a Republican has been in office.

Former Governor George Pataki, who overthrew the then Governor. Mario Cuomo in 1995, served three terms and stepped down at the end of 2006.

Governor Eliot Spitzer, a former attorney general, defeated Republican candidate John Faso that year, then resigned in 2008 after a scandal involving a high-priced prostitution ring.

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His replacement, former Lt. Gov. David Patterson, canceled his campaign for a full term in 2010 amid allegations his administration intervened inappropriately after a woman accused a close aide domestic violence.

NY GOVERNMENT. CUOMO Resigns IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL

And Governor Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario Cuomo and another former attorney general, announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon following a damning investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by 11 women.

In this April 17, 2015 file photo, former New York Governor George Pataki speaks in Nashua, New Hampshire (AP Photo / Jim Cole, File)

In this April 17, 2015 file photo, former New York Governor George Pataki speaks in Nashua, New Hampshire (AP Photo / Jim Cole, File)

Current New York Attorney General Letitia James released the results of the investigation last week. He alleged that the governor groped women’s breasts or buttocks, gave them unwanted kisses and made inappropriate comments about the sex lives of subordinates. State lawmakers had discussed impeachment ahead of the resignation announcement, and the governor could also face the possibility of criminal prosecution.

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“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it is an important step towards justice,” James said in a statement after Cuomo’s announcement.

He will be replaced by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a former member of Congress. She would become the state’s first female governor, and most notably, she was a moderate from western New York and far removed from the progressive wing of New York.

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She called Cuomo’s alleged behavior “disgusting and illegal” in a statement last week and said she believed the outgoing governor’s accusers.

Cuomo, who has denied any wrongdoing, said Tuesday his resignation will take effect in 14 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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