New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Friday afternoon over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, joining with more than a dozen other New York Democrats, after he insisted at a press conference earlier in the day that he would not step down.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site on Monday.
New York’s senators called on Cuomo to leave office in a joint statement, arguing he’s “lost the confidence” of New Yorkers.
Scores of high-profile New York politicians have already asked Cuomo to leave office, including most of the state’s House Democratic delegation, dozens of Democratic state legislators and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Schumer and Gillibrand’s statement comes hours after Lindsey Boylan, a former staffer who accused Cuomo of harassment, called the two senators “cowards” for their silence.
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” Schumer and Gillibrand wrote in their joint statement.
Even though dozens of lawmakers want Cuomo out of office, he’s vowed not to resign and insisted he hasn’t done anything wrong. In a Friday afternoon press conference, he positioned himself as a victim of “cancel culture” and asked constituents to wait for the outcome of an investigation.
Cuomo has faced a wave of scrutiny in recent weeks. Six women have accused the governor of sexual harassment and misconduct, including an anonymous former aide who told Albany’s Times-Union newspaper this week that Cuomo groped her in his residence. The governor has apologized for making people feel uncomfortable and promised an independent investigation, but he’s denied any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, Cuomo has been accused of mishandling coronavirus cases in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic, and the state attorney general discovered his office has lowballed the number of nursing home Covid-19 deaths.
If Cuomo does not resign, some lawmakers appear prepared to remove him from office. The State Assembly’s top Democrat announced an impeachment investigation on Thursday.
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