Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the highest Democrat within the New York state Senate, referred to as on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign on Sunday after two further ladies accused him of inappropriate habits.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it,” the state Senate majority chief stated. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
Stewart-Cousins’ newest feedback observe her declaration final week that she would call on Cuomo to resign if another woman got here ahead. At the time, three ladies had made allegations in opposition to him.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie (D), in a separate assertion on Sunday, stated he helps Cousins’ name and shares her concern over Cuomo’s skill to steer the state because the allegations swirl.
“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,” Heastie stated.
Cuomo, who has described his habits as “playful” banter that was mistaken for “unwanted flirtation,” refused prior calls to resign.
At a press conference on Sunday earlier than Stewart-Cousins’ assertion, the governor stated it could be “anti-democratic” for him to go away his job till the state lawyer common totally investigates the complaints in opposition to him.
“I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations. The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic. We’ve always done the exact opposite, you know, the system is based on due process,” he stated.
As of Sunday, 5 ladies have accused the governor of inappropriate habits.
Four have been working as aides for him once they say he made undesirable advances. A fifth woman stated he inappropriately touched her and requested to kiss her shortly after they met at a marriage in 2019.
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