Who is calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign?

MULTIPLE members of New York’s congressional delegation called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign in the wake of mounting allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has denied he ever touched anyone inappropriately and has said he’s sorry if he ever made anyone uncomfortable.

Who is calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign?

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and other New York lawmakers are urging Andrew Cuomo to step down as governor.

Ocasio-Cortez issued a joint statement with Jamaal Bowman, also a New York representative, on March 12.

"This week, the second sexual assault allegation and the sixth harassment allegation was leveled against Governor Cuomo," read the statement.

"The fact that this latest report was so recent is alarming, and it raises concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration's staff.

"These allegations have all been consistent and highly-detailed and there are also credible media reports substantiating their accounts.

"Unfortunately, the Governor is not only facing the accusation that he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and assault.

"There is also the extensive report from the Attorney General that found the Cuomo administration hid data on Covid-19 nursing home deaths from both the public and the state legislature."

The statement adds: "As members of the New York delegation to the US House of Representatives, we believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges." 

Congressman Jerry Nadler, who also represents New York, has called on Cuomo to step down.

“The repeated accusations against the governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point,” Nadler said.

Additionally, the entire Democratic state senate delegation has agreed that Cuomo should resign.

At least 121 members of the state Assembly and Senate called on Cuomo to quit, according to a count by the Associated Press.

An impeachment inquiry has been launched by New York lawmakers.

Other lawmakers and officials who are calling for Cuomo's resignation include:

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice
  • Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
  • Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis
  • Kathryn Garcia (NYC mayoral candidate)
  • Carlos Menchaca (NYC mayoral candidate)
  • Scott Stringer (NYC mayoral candidate)
  • Maya Wiley (NYC mayoral candidate)

What did Andrew Cuomo say about his future?

Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly said he will not step down and urged the public to await the outcome of an investigation by the attorney general.

During a remote briefing, Cuomo said: "I understand sensitivities have changed, behaviors have changed, and I’m going to learn from it."

In a previous statement, he said: "To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to."

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