The political siege is closing in on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; now the Democratic Majority Leader of the State Senate has called for his resignation in the face of multiple scandals surrounding him.
Legislator Andrea Stewart-Cousins issued a statement Sunday calling on Cuomo to resign.
“New York is still in the midst of the pandemic and still facing the social, health and economic impacts of the virus,” she said. “We need to govern without daily distractions. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign,” she added.
New York state Senate majority leader calls for Cuomo’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also called for the governor’s resignation and insisted that “the time has come for the governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.”
According to Fox News, a total of 37 Assembly and state Senate lawmakers want the governor to resign; while 10 have already called for impeachment.
However, this Sunday Cuomo reiterated that he wouldn’t resign and attacked politicians who have called for his resignation in recent days.
“I’m not going to resign over allegations,” the governor settled after two other women who worked with him in the past accused him of inappropriate conduct. That now brings the total number of allegations to five, four of them in the workplace.
“There are some legislators who are suggesting that I resign over allegations that have been made against me. I was elected by the people of the state. I was not elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign over allegations,” stated Cuomo.
Meanwhile, Lindsey Boylan, one of Cuomo’s accusers, addressed the governor through her Twitter account and, in response to the new harassment allegations, she said: “Resign, you disgusting monster.”
To impeach Cuomo, the Assembly needs a majority of 150 votes, and the state Senate would need a two-thirds majority of the members of the court that would consist of senators and state appeals court judges.
But while the Democratic governor’s future is being clarified, he was forced to sign a state bill Sunday that strips him of emergency powers granted to him at the start of the pandemic.
The governor will no longer be able to order restaurant seating capacity, for example, or other sweeping public health measures.
Cuomo is embroiled in serious scandals over allegations of sexual harassment, and also faces a federal investigation for knowingly lying about the true number of elderly deaths; his intention, according to his aide Melissa DeRosa, was to hide the impact of one of his executive orders on the state’s nursing homes.
Cuomo’s policies “caused the deaths of more than 1,000 seniors”
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) it was the governor’s top aides who pressured state health officials to amend a public report that reflected that Cuomo’s March 25th order had serious consequences and increased deaths of deceased seniors.
At issue is a controversial directive from Cuomo’s Health Department informing nursing homes that they could not refuse to admit patients who tested positive for COVID-19.
The New York Times claims that documents exist showing that Cuomo was publicly reporting nursing home death data that was 50% lower than that provided by the state Health Department during the early months of the pandemic.
After the truth came out, the governor went so far as to justify his actions by assuring that he did so to prevent then-President Donald Trump from using them to launch politically motivated attacks against him; he also said that he had delayed providing official information to Congress because he was in the middle of a federal investigation.