New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s problems just got significantly worse as a majority of lawmakers in the state, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry Nadler called for his resignation on Friday amid sexual harassment allegations.
“The repeated accusations against the Governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point,” Rep. Nadler said in a statement via Twitter.
“This week, the second sexual assault allegation and the sixth harassment allegation was leveled against Governor Cuomo,” Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Jamaal Bowman said in a released statement. “The fact that this latest report was so recent is alarming, and it raises concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration’s staff. These allegations have all been consistent and highly-detailed, and there are also credible media reports substantiating their accounts.”
Democratic lawmakers moved against Cuomo after the Albany Times Union reported that an aide to Cuomo claimed the governor groped her at his mansion, allegedly reaching up under her shirt to do so. Cuomo is denying it happened: “I have never done anything like this.”
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This is the sixth woman to come forward and accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct. And these allegations are occurring as more and more facts are revealed concerning Cuomo’s nursing home scandal where the governor ordered them to admit COVID-positive patients that resulted in many deaths. Cuomo is now facing two simultaneous investigations and Democrats are calling for his impeachment.
Ten House Democrats from New York including the chairs of the powerful Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee issued statements on Friday all calling for Cuomo to resign.
The list includes the following lawmakers:
- House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler
- House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Rep. Jamaal Bowman
- Rep. Mondaire Jones
- Rep. Grace Meng
- Rep. Yvette Clark
- Rep. Adriano Espaillat
- Rep. Nydia Velasquez
- Rep. Anthony Delgado
Cuomo has previously apologized for encounters that he claims “may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended.” He staunchly denies inappropriately touching anyone. He is also refusing to resign.
NEWS: Democratic U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mondaire Jones, Jamaal Bowman, Carolyn Maloney and Yvette Clarke have issued statements calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign from office.
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— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) March 12, 2021
“Unfortunately, the Governor is not only facing the accusation that he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and assault. There is also the extensive report from the Attorney General that found the Cuomo administration hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from both the public and the state legislature,” read the statement from Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman.
After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign. pic.twitter.com/jV5dwtuVPr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 12, 2021
“As members of the New York delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, we believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges,” they declared.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) March 12, 2021
Nadler joined the fray by noting that the accusations are “credible” and “serious.” He said that Cuomo has the right to due process, but “the question before us is squarely a political judgment.”
“Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign,” Nadler flatly stated.
Read my statement calling for the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo. pic.twitter.com/JyZntu9HJS
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) March 12, 2021
More than 55 lawmakers issued a letter on Thursday that they want the governor to step down.
“The budget, the fight against COVID-19, and restarting the economy all depend on clear and trustworthy leadership,” the letter stated. “In light of the governor’s admission of inappropriate behavior and the findings of altered data on nursing home COVID-19 deaths he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”
Not to be left out, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called for Cuomo to step down on Friday. “It is disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor,” he said.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 12, 2021
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