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Cuomo accuses “political pressure and media hype” in farewell speech

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In the past few days, Mr. Cuomo has reappeared in person, held two storm-related briefings and directed his personal attorney, Rita Glavin, to do a 22-minute virtual presentation on Friday to try to push back the attorney general’s report. Ms. Glavin also tried to question the reports of many women accusing the governor of inappropriate behavior.

As he leaves, Mr Cuomo leaves a platform where he can further voice his grievances, a following, no matter how big or small, of loyal supporters whose admiration he has earned during the pandemic, and a by far huge war chest worth 18 Millions of dollars the best of every politician in the state.

On Monday, Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s chief adviser, issued a statement to curb speculation about Mr Cuomo’s political future. Ms. DeRosa announced her resignation plans two days before Mr. Cuomo, and her resignation – it is replaced by Ms. Keogh – also takes effect at midnight.

“He looks forward to spending time with his family and has a lot of fishing to do,” said Ms. DeRosa. “He is examining a number of options, but has no interest in running again for office.”

It remains unclear where Mr. Cuomo, who owns no property, will live after moving out of the Executive Mansion, which is just blocks from the State Capitol.

“I’m sure he’s said goodbye to the people at the Executive Mansion, packing up and preparing for a new life situation,” said Jay Jacobs, New York State Democratic chairman, who had called for Mr. Cuomo’s resignation, but said he had spoken to him since then, just last week.

“He also finished the government work. There are things that need to be fixed, things that are there that need to be completed, ”he said.

Someone close by said that Mr. Cuomo was considering renting a house in Westchester County where he previously lived and where his sister Maria Cuomo lives. Indeed, on Friday, moving trucks were moving boxes from the governor’s mansion in Albany to his sister’s home in Westchester.

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