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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Friday the chamber will suspend its impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo following his decision to resign effective Aug. 25.

Why it matters: Cuomo decided to step down after the state attorney general released an independent report that found the governor had sexually harassed at least 11 women.

The big picture: Heastie said in a statement Friday that the probe was meant to determine whether the governor should remain in office and his resignation answers that directive.

"Let me be clear — the committee's work over the last several months, although not complete, did uncover credible evidence in relation to allegations that have been made in reference to the governor," Heastie said in a statement.

  • "As I have said, this has been a tragic chapter in our state's history," the speaker added. "The people of this great state expect and deserve a government they can count on to always have their best interests in mind."

What to watch: Heastie said he asked Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine to provide "all the evidence the committee has gathered" to relevant investigatory authorities.

  • Cuomo faces open investigations for his multimillion-dollar book deal. The state attorney general is also reviewing the governor's response to COVID-related nursing home deaths data, per AP.
  • Heastie also cited "active investigations" by county district attorneys in Manhattan, Albany, Westchester, Nassau and Oswego regarding incidents of Cuomo's alleged sexual harassment.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul adds 12,000 COVID deaths not disclosed by Cuomo

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking in Albany on Aug. 24. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged nearly 12,000 coronavirus deaths in the state that had not been reported by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

Why it matters: Cuomo had been criticized for his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes early in the pandemic, and he faced allegations that his administration withheld data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in order to delay investigations.

Updated Aug 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

Kathy Hochul (right) is administered the oath of office as New York State governor by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as her husband, Bill Hochul, holds a Bible at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool/Getty Images

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state's 57th governor Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.

Mapped: A look at America's women governors

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Data: Center for American Women and Politics; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

At the stroke of midnight Kathy Hochul made history, becoming New York's first female governor. She promised to take a "fresh, collaborative approach" in state government.

Why it matters: The U.S. now has nine serving female state governors — tying a record set in 2004 and matched in 2007 and 2019.