Dozens of New York Lawmakers Call for Cuomo’s Resignation Amid Allegations | News on the coronavirus pandemic
A group of 59 Democratic state lawmakers, along with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, called for the resignation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday following a new allegation that he groped an assistant at the Executive Mansion last year.
“The specific allegation that the governor called one of his employees, someone over whom he had power, called her to a private location and then sexually assaulted her, is absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio said. , a Democrat who publicly feuded with Cuomo. journalists Thursday. “It’s disgusting to me, and he can’t serve as governor anymore.”
Separately, lawmakers issued a letter calling on Cuomo, a Democrat, to step down as his grip on power seemed increasingly tenuous. The state assembly’s top Democrat, President Carl Heastie, said he would meet with members on Thursday on “potential ways forward” in light of the growing allegations.
In New York, the Assembly is the legislative chamber that may move to impeach Cuomo, who has faced multiple allegations that he has made the workplace an uncomfortable place for young women with sexually suggestive remarks and behavior. , including unwanted touching and a kiss.
Nineteen senators and 40 members of the assembly said in their letter on Thursday it was time for Cuomo to go.
– Senator Michelle Hinchey (@SenatorHinchey) March 11, 2021
“In light of the governor’s admission of inappropriate behavior and the findings of data on retirement homes Dead COVID-19, it has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering it ineffective in this time of most urgent need, ”the letter said. “It’s time for Governor Cuomo to step down.”
In the latest allegation against Cuomo, the Times Union of Albany reported that the governor summoned the assistant to his Albany mansion, saying he needed help with his cell phone. After arriving, Cuomo closed the door, put his hand under her shirt and stroked her, the newspaper reported.
NEW: Debra Katz, lawyer for former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, said Bennett was summoned to Capitol Hill on a Saturday under the pretext of helping Cuomo with his phone.
– Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) March 10, 2021
The newspaper’s reports were based on an unidentified source with knowledge of the woman’s charge, who said she first told the story to a Cuomo staff member in recent days. The newspaper had not spoken to the woman and had not identified her.
Cuomo has repeatedly said he will not resign and urged the public to await the outcome of an investigation into his conduct by Attorney General Letitia James. Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
“I’ve never done anything like it,” Cuomo said through a spokesperson Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press news agency.
“The details of this report are heartbreaking,” Cuomo said, adding that he would not speak to the details of this or any other allegation, given an ongoing investigation overseen by the state attorney general.
Cuomo has previously denied touching anyone inappropriately, but said he was sorry he made someone uncomfortable and had no intention of doing so.
Several other women who worked for the governor in Albany or during his time in former President Bill Clinton’s cabinet, and one who met him briefly at a wedding, also complained of inappropriate conduct.
Activists have taken to the streets of New York City to demand Cuomo’s removal. The sexual harassment allegations, coupled with revelations his administration withheld data on COVID-19 deaths, marked a quick turnaround for a governor known for his handling of the pandemic.
The State Assembly has 150 members. He could call an impeachment lawsuit against Cuomo with a simple majority vote. Until the new allegations surfaced, most of its members appeared to oppose an impeachment attempt or Cuomo’s resignation until the attorney general’s investigation was completed.
The state Senate, which would join members of the state’s highest appeals court in holding an impeachment trial, has 63 members.