New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) has made the monumental decision to demand the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo following accusations by two additional women regarding sexual harassment.
Stewart-Cousins issued a statement Sunday urging the governor to resign.
Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government. We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the COVID-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.
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.
The statement comes following criticism against calling for the governor’s resignation after three women had previously stepped forward with sexual harassment allegations.
Stewart-Cousins is not alone. New York Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie provided her own statement on the issue:
The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else. I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins regarding the Governor’s ability to continue to lead this state.
We have many challenges 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.
Cuomo has thus far denied all accusations. On Sunday, the governor reiterated he has no plans to resign.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has initiated an investigation into the accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo. With his own party now calling for his resignation, the governor faces a dire situation far beyond the controversy regarding his nursing home COVID-19 death reports.