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De Blasio and nearly 60 New York Democrats demand Gov. Cuomo resign

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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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