Pressure is mounting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces increased pressure to resign after being charged by several women with sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.
In a statement shared by local media on Sunday, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said reports of alleged wrongdoing against Cuomo “are out of business”.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and still facing the social, health and economic repercussions. We have to rule without daily distraction. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign, ”she said.
In the past few weeks, several women have come forward accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment and misconduct, including inappropriate comments of a sexual nature as well as undesirable sexual advances.
Cuomo, who drew national attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, was also criticized after U.S. media reported that his top aides masked the true number of people killed by the coronavirus in state nursing homes .
“We have allegations of sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility regarding the COVID-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project,” Stewart-Cousins said in her statement.
Cuomo was also criticized after U.S. media reported that his aides masked the true number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in New York state [File: Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo]State Assembly spokesman Carl E. Heastie also spoke on Sunday about the allegations, which he described as “deeply worrying” and “has no place whatsoever in government, at work or anywhere else”.
“I too share the opinion of the Senate Majority Leader, Stewart-Cousins, about the governor’s ability to continue running this state. We face many challenges and I think it is time for the governor to give serious thought to whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York, “Heastie said in a statement as reported by local media .
While Cuomo initially denied any wrongdoing, he said on February 28 that he “never intended to offend or cause harm to anyone”.
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal, and that given my position, some of my comments felt others feel in ways I never intended,” he said in a statement at the time.
New York is still in the middle of this pandemic … We need to rule without daily distraction. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign
Last week he apologized and said he would be cooperating with an investigation into his behavior but not stepping down.
He reiterated that position on Sunday and told reporters during a conference call that it was “anti-democratic” for him to resign.
“They do not override the will of the people, they cannot override elections,” Cuomo said when asked about members of his own party who were demanding his resignation. “I was elected by the people of New York State. I wasn’t elected by politicians. “