More Than 55 NY Democrats Call On Andrew Cuomo To Resign
More than 55 Democratic state legislators called Thursday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign — and the Assembly speaker said he would hold a meeting later in the day “on potential paths forward.”
The statement from Cuomo’s fellow Democrats cited both the spiraling sexual harassment allegations against him and the cover-up of the total nursing home death toll and said that “he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”
“We have a Lieutenant Governor who can step in and lead for the remainder of the term, and this is what is best for New Yorkers in this critical time,” the statement added.”
“It is time for Governor Cuomo to resign.”
In response, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said, “In light of the allegations concerning the Governor over the last several weeks, I will be meeting with members in conference today on potential paths forward.”
Cuomo has faced mounting calls to resign or face impeachment as the twin scandals have intensified amid a seemingly endless parade of new revelations and allegations.
The latest bombshell landed Wednesday when a report alleged that a female Cuomo staffer claims Cuomo put his hands under her blouse and groped her late last year in the Executive Mansion in Albany.
That report led Mayor Bill de Blasio to say on Thursday that Cuomo “can no longer serve as governor anymore,” after having previously ducked repeated questions about whether he thought Cuomo should resign.
“It’s not one, it’s not two, it’s not three, it’s not four, it’s not five. It’s six women coming forward,” de Blasio told reporters during his daily City Hall news conference.
The incident reported Wednesday by the Albany Times Union allegedly took place after the woman was summoned to Cuomo’s heavily guarded, official residence to help him fix a problem with his cellphone.
The incident allegedly took place after the woman was summoned to Cuomo’s heavily guarded official residence to help him fix a problem with his cellphone, the Albany Times Union reported.
The paper said it was withholding the woman’s name but described her as much younger than the 63-year-old governor.
The sexual misconduct allegations are the most serious to emerge since a former Cuomo aide, Lindsey Boylan, 36, accused him of sexual harassment in December.
Boylan, now a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president, didn’t initially detail her claims but last month published an online essay that alleged Cuomo unexpectedly kissed her “on the lips” during a 2018 meeting in his Manhattan office.
That led four other women — including three former aides — to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior dating to 2000, when he was President Bill Clinton’s housing secretary.
The sexual harassment and related allegations against Cuomo are under investigation by a team of outside lawyers — including former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim — who were hired Monday by state Attorney General Letitia James.
The FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office have also launched a probe into the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the matter have told The Post.
Under the New York Constitution, impeaching Cuomo would require a simple majority vote of the 150-member state Assembly, which is composed of 106 Democrats, 43 Republicans and one independent.
A resolution to impeach Cuomo was introduced earlier this week by Republican members of the Assembly, with Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Oswego) saying that “we believe the time has come” to oust the three-term governor.
Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Thursday, but on Wednesday evening the governor — who has repeatedly insisted that “I never touched anyone inappropriately” — issued a statement denying the groping allegations.
“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo said.
“I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the Attorney General’s report.”
Cuomo has pledged to cooperate with the probe and urged New Yorkers to withhold judgment pending its findings.