ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Multiple members of New York’s congressional delegation called Friday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign in the wake of mounting allegations of sexual harassment and an allegation of groping, as well as scrutiny over his administration’s reporting of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.
The Democratic governor has denied he ever touched anyone inappropriately, and has said he’s sorry if he ever made anyone uncomfortable.
But a majority of state lawmakers are calling on him to resign, and Democratic congressional members including U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Grace Meng and Antonio Delgado and Paul Tonko joined those calls Friday. Nadler said Cuomo has lost the confidence of New Yorkers.
My statement calling for the resignation of Governor Cuomo: pic.twitter.com/IpWiwG2TYi
— Congressman Antonio Delgado (@repdelgado) March 12, 2021
“Being the Governor of the State of New York is a privilege,” Delgado’s statement tweeted late Friday morning read. “Withholding critical information from the public, combined with the growing allegations of threats, bullying, and sexual harassment, reflects a culture of aggression that is unfit to lead. The Governor must resign.”
“While I have previously called for an independent investigation—now underway—into serious and credible claims against Governor Cuomo, it has become clear the governor has lost the public trust needed to effectively lead this state. I see no choice but to call for him to resign,” Tonko’s statement reads.
While I have previously called for an independent investigation—now underway—into serious and credible claims against Governor Cuomo, it has become clear the governor has lost the public trust needed to effectively lead this state. I see no choice but to call for him to resign.
— Paul Tonko ⚫️ (@RepPaulTonko) March 12, 2021
Nadler also issued his own statement.
“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.
The delegation also pointed to sweeping criticism of Cuomo for keeping secret how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 for months. The governor has claimed his administration had to verify deaths of residents at hospitals, but critics question why that hasn’t held up the release of data in other states.
“After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature and public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. The governor in recent days has been calling lawmakers and supporters asking them to refrain from calling for his resignation, and instead support the ongoing investigations.
The state Assembly allowed an impeachment investigation into Cuomo on Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for impeachment.
Spokespeople for New York’s Democratic U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
With staff report
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