New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ended the speculation that he may cave to the pressure to resign, pledging to remain in office on Monday despite multiple sexual harassment allegations and alleged cover up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths in his state.
The comments took place at an event urging New Yorkers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination shot as soon as possible. The governor urged local churches to serve as vaccination centers during the event.
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Cuomo faces numerous attack, including an investigation into sexual allegations from seven differerent women. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an independent investigation into the scandal, and the New York State Assembly has started an impeachment probe.
New York Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have called for Cuomo’s resignation. “Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct,” Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote in a joint statement on March 14.
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual 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 resign.”
The governor also faces an FBI investigation into whether his office provided false statistical information regarding nursing home COVID-19 deaths. The administration revealed that 15,000 long-term care residents have died, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.
Though refusing to resign, Cuomo has acknowledged that “things should have been done differently” and insisted that “lessons were learned.”
The governor’s early praise during the pandemic has now turned to call for resignation from his own party. It appears it will take more than calls for his removal, however, as Cuomo remains defiant in the face of multiple investigations.