Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

FOR RELEASE: August 10, 2021

We join in the disappointment that all New Yorkers have felt following recent allegations and revelations about the conduct of Governor Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration.

We recognize that Gov. Cuomo’s departure comes at a particularly inopportune time for our state, as the Covid-19 Delta variant continues to spread and localities contemplate new restrictions on indoor activities.  

But at a time when we have so many critical challenges unfolding, New Yorkers deserve to have a governor who is fully focused on their needs and interests. Sadly, given the circumstances, that would appear to be an impossible task at this time for Andrew Cuomo. New Yorkers, including our students, deserve a chief executive who sets an example of a safe and healthy workplace free from hostility and harassment.

The conclusions from the attorney general’s investigation only divert attention from the important actions that state lawmakers and agencies must take in order to ensure that our school districts can open safely in September.

We welcome former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul to her new role as governor, and we are encouraged by the breadth of state, local and federal governmental experience she brings to the position. Her strong work ethic, her ability to connect with people throughout the state and her longtime dedication to public service will be important assets as she takes on this unanticipated leadership transition.

We look forward to working with Gov. Hochul and all of our state leaders to serve our students and educators, and to strengthen public education in New York.

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