Nearly 50 New York Lawmakers Call for Gov. Cuomo to Be Impeached or Resign
Pressure mounts against Governor amid sexual assault allegations
As allegations mount against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a powerful Democrat lawmaker issued a statement calling for him to resign from office.
Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment from former staffers.
If that wasn't enough, the governor is also being investigated for his administration's tally on COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes.
Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said allegations against Cuomo are "drawing away from the business of government."
"New York is still in the midst of the pandemic and is still facing the societal, health, and economic impacts of it [the virus]," she said.
"We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign."
Cuomo also had a phone conversation with Stewart-Cousins informing him he would not resign despite mounting pressure, The Associated Press reported.
But more lawmakers from the state have stepped forward and are calling for his resignation.
In total, 37 lawmakers from either the Assembly or state Senate want him to resign, and 10 have called for impeachment.
As Neon Nettle reported last week, Cuomo made his first public remarks since being accused of sexual harassment by three women.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately," Cuomo stated.
“The lawyers say that I shouldn’t say anything until that review is over, I’m a lawyer too, but I want New Yorkers to hear directly from me on that."
"I fully support a woman’s right to come forward; it should be encouraged in every way,” Cuomo said.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he added.
"It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it, I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, and that is not easy to say, but it is the truth.”
“I never touched anyone inappropriately,” the governor added.
“I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”
On Friday, A former aide for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke out for the first time about her allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic governor.
Charlotte Bennett said:
“I thought he’s trying to sleep with me."
"The governor is trying to sleep with me, and I am deeply uncomfortable, and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible.”