World Andrew Cuomo Told to Resign by Dozens of New York Elected Officials
Ron Kim Accuses Cuomo of Protecting 'Profits Over People's Lives' Amid Nursing Home Deaths
"Everything that I experienced, even before this pandemic, is about control and portraying an image of authority,' said the New York assemblyman, as quoted by CBC.Cuomo "chose to protect business profits over people's lives and now the whole world is paying attention to that decision and he needs to be held accountable for that," State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) said to CBC News.
New York's Governorhas been urged to resign by dozens of elected officials across the state as he faces allegations of sexual harassment.
of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against Cuomo.
Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately. However, he said in a previous statement his "interactions may have been insensitive or too personal."
America’s Andrew Cuomo Problem
Why was the New York governor’s reckoning so long in coming?But which myth? Is he Icarus, flying too close to the sun in his premature attempt to claim credit for New York’s public-health prowess, only to have his wings melted by the heat of scandal? Is he Oedipus, brought low by his determination to eclipse his father? Or is he simply Zeus, a powerful man prone to wrathful outbursts and sexual misconduct?
In a press conference last week he acknowledged acting in a way "that made people feel uncomfortable," adding: "It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it."
The accusations against Cuomo come with him also facing criticism for the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, with.
Following the allegations against Cuomo, more than 50 elected officials from the state's legislature have called for him to leave his post or face impeachment.
The New York's Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, became another high-profile figure to do so on Sunday.
In a statement, Stewart-Cousins said: "Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government.
Portrait of a Leader Humblebragging
In October, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a book-length ode to his leadership style. It has not aged well.The book now looks even more ill-conceived. Since last week, three women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances. Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo staffer, alleged that he had “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected”—and that the governor kissed her against her will while the two were alone in his office.
"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 govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign."
There have also been similar calls from four members ofrepresenting areas of New York.
One of those among them is Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) who has also. The next gubernatorial election in the state is in 2022. conducted by Quinnipiac University, a majority of those asked said they did not think Cuomo should resign but similarly most said he should not run for reelection.
Cuomo has insisted he will not walk, despite these mounting calls for him to do so.
In a press conference on Sunday,
He said that "the premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic."
Cuomo's Staff Failed to Follow Law by Not Investigating Sex Harassment Claims: Accuser's Lawyer
Cuomo's accuser said that his chief of staff and general counsel decided not to investigate her sexual harassment claims because nothing "serious happened," adding, "It was just grooming."Bennett had previously said that on the date in question, Cuomo asked Bennett to turn off a tape recorder she had been using to take dictation in the governor's office. She alleged that he then began propositioning her for sex.
Cuomo added thatshould be completed and then "we go from there."
The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reports that Cuomo told Stewart-Cousins in a phone call on Sunday that members of the state legislature would have to impeach him if they wanted to oust him from office.
, though there is no recent precedent for such action. Only one governor has been impeached in the state's history, William Sulzer in 1913.
Newsweek has contacted Cuomo's office for comment.
Schumer Says Cuomo Lost New Yorkers' Confidence, Pelosi Dodges Calls for His Resignation .
House Speaker Pelosi said the embattled New York governor "should look inside his heart to see if he can govern effectively."Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, reiterated his call for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Sunday as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, stopped short of doing so—instead urging the governor to determine whether he can still govern effectively.