But Cuomo claimed to New York Magazine, in a lengthy article published Friday, that he didnâ€™t want to â€œdrag the state through the mud.â€
Cuomo had faced mounting calls for his departure following the release of a report from the state attorney generalâ€™s office that concluded he sexually harassed 11 women.
Speaking to the magazine on Friday, Cuomo said he felt as if heâ€™d done â€œthe right thing for the stateâ€ with his decision to step down.
â€œIâ€™m not gonna drag the state through the mud, through a three-month, four-month impeachment, and then win, and have made the State Legislature and the state government look like a ship of fools, when everything Iâ€™ve done all my life was for the exact opposite,â€ he claimed. â€œIâ€™m not doing that. I feel good. Iâ€™m not a martyr. Itâ€™s just, I saw the options, option A, option B.â€
Per the magazine, Cuomo failed to â€œcut a dealâ€ to not run for a fourth term in return for not being impeached. The idea was â€œunequivocally dismissedâ€ by New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D), according to the report.Â