De Blasio and nearly 60 New York Democrats demand Gov. Cuomo resign
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas (D-NY) and over 55 additional New York legislatures are calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation because of ongoing sexual harassment allegations and a cover-up of Covid death data by his administration.
“I join almost 60 state legislators, including Senators and Assemblymembers who believe it’s time to restore the public’s trust in our leadership. This is what’s best of our state. Governor Cuomo, resign now,” González-Rojas wrote in a statement released on Thursday.
The demand for Cuomo’s resignation comes one day after the Albany Times Union reported that a staff member of Cuomo’s had accused him of aggressively groping her in the Governor’s mansion last year. Six women have now come forward accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.
Additionally, Cuomo is under fire for the reported cover-up of the total nursing home death toll.
“As legislators and as New Yorkers we all must decide what is best for the future of New York State,” the statement reads. “The budget, the fight against COVID-19, and restarting the economy all demand clear and trustworthy leadership. 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.”
“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.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-NY) said in a statement Thursday that he will be meeting with members in conference today to discuss “potential paths forward.”
A resolution to impeach Cuomo was introduced earlier this week by Republican members of the Assembly. Minority Leader Will Barclay said that “we believe the time has come” to impeach the New York Gov.
Under the New York Constitution, an impeachment of Cuomo would require a simple majority vote of the 150-member state Assembly, which is currently composed of 106 Democrats, 43 Republicans and one independent.
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