New York Attorney Community Andrew Cuomo
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The top Democrat in New York’s Senate on Sunday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to go, saying that the scandals roiling Cuomo’s administration are hindering the function of government.
The call from New York Hold Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins came hours after the Democratic governor once again promised that he would not resign.
“Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of management,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.
“We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility adjacent the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project,” the top state senator predicted.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to have without daily distraction.”
“For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign,” Stewart-Cousins said.
Cuomo is beneath fire amid a growing number of allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace conduct, as well as an ongoing badge of infamy over his administration’s handling of Covid nursing home death data.
In a conference call with reporters earlier Sunday, Cuomo said there’s “no way” he last will and testament resign or be distracted by the crises that have engulfed his office.
NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins speaks at the rally. Municipality Hall, New York, New York, United States – 2016/10/17
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“I was elected by the people of this aver, I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Cuomo said, arguing that doing so desire be “anti-democratic.”
Cuomo called for people to let New York Attorney General Letitia James complete her independent probe of the harassment calls before drawing conclusions. He had previously apologized “for whatever pain I caused,” saying, “I now understand that I acted in a way that caused people feel uncomfortable.”
But with two more women coming forward just a day earlier to accuse the governor of reacting inappropriately, the pressure from within Cuomo’s own party shows no sign of letting up.
Carl Heastie, the Democratic orator of the New York State Assembly, said in a statement Sunday that he agrees with Stewart-Cousins “regarding the Governor’s gift to continue to lead this state.”
“The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks oblige been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else.”
“We have many demands to address, and I think it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.”
Heastie’s annunciation did not explicitly call on Cuomo to resign.