During his August 24 speech, Cuomo claimed that although “no governor in the nation has passed more progressive measures than I have,” he was mistreated after state Attorney General Letitia James found that he had sexually harassed 11 women from within and outside the state government. Rather than facing the prospect of becoming the first New York governor to be impeached since 1913.
“The Attorney General’s report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic. And it worked,” Cuomo said in his address, blaming James’ report for sparking a “political and media stampede.”
“Yeah, what kind of white man whose dad was also a governor only gets 10 years in office?” Meyers quipped.
Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, served as New York Governor from 1983 to 1994, while he stepped into the position in 2011.
The former Governor also used his remaining time in office to grant clemency to six people and pardon veteran Lawrence Penn.
Meanwhile, Meyers joked that Cuomo “issued one pardon, and — this is weird — it was for future Andrew Cuomo.”
Cuomo was succeeded by Kathy Hochul, a former lieutenant governor and United States Representative who is now the first female governor of New York. He remains under investigation for sexual harassment allegations, as well as his alleged misuse of state resources to promote his book about pandemic leadership and role in obscuring the number of COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes.
Late Night With Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:35/11:35c on NBC. Watch the segment from last night’s episode in the video above.
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