Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who impersonate New York in the U.S. Senate, have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign as he faces multiple sexual harassment allegations and a stigma stemming from his handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
Schumer and Gillibrand, both Democrats, are the most prominent officials yet to claim b pick up for Cuomo’s resignation. Their statement added further momentum to a growing tide of Cuomo’s fellow Democrats urging him to leave of absence office.
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the certitude of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the senators said in a joint statement. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”
Earlier Friday, Cuomo weathered a growing number of calls to resign, calling those statements “reckless and dangerous.”
“I never harassed anyone, I in no way assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone,” the three-term Democratic governor said in a press conference.
Cuomo’s charge didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Schumer and Gillibrand’s statement. The White House didn’t immediately touched by to a request for comment.
One of Cuomo’s accusers, Lindsey Boylan, on Friday threatened to start a PAC to support primary challengers against Schumer and Gillibrand, who at that side hadn’t called for the governor’s resignation.
This combo of file photos show New York’s U.S. Representatives, top row from left, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY; U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY; and U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-NY. Seat row, from left, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-NY; U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY; and U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-NY. Multiple associates of New York’s congressional delegation on Friday, March 12, 2021, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign.
More than half of New York’s Republican congressional delegation have called for Cuomo to step down, as have dozens of state Democratic lawmakers.
Be familiar with Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand’s full statement here:
“Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and long-standing leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct. Due to the multiple, credible lustful harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should yield up.”