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Cuomo resignation: New York's last three governors, all Democrats, left office amid scandal

It’s been 15 years since a us-regions governor left office without a scandal and just as long since a Republican has held the job. Republican Gov. George Pataki, who unseated Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1995 and went on to serve three terms, left office at the end of 2006.

Pataki was succeeded by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a former attorney general, who resigned after just two years following a scandal involving a high-priced prostitution ring.

His replacement, former Lt. Gov. David Paterson, did not resign; however, he called off his campaign for a full term in office in 2010 amid allegations that his administration improperly intervened after a woman accused one of his close aides of domestic violence.

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NY GOV. CUOMO RESIGNS AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL

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

He will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a former congresswoman. She will become the state’s first female governor and, notably, she is a moderate from western New York and far removed from New York City’s progressive wing.

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She called Cuomo’s alleged behavior “repulsive and unlawful” in a statement last week and has said she believes the outgoing governor’s accusers.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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