Facing a slew of sexual harassment allegations and condemnation for doctoring knowledge on nursing residence deaths, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as soon as once more told reporters on Sunday that he won’t resign.
In latest weeks, a number of girls, together with a number of of the governor’s former staffers, have come ahead with tales alleging that Cuomo made them uncomfortable by means of undesirable sexual feedback and inappropriate touching. A rising listing of New York officers, Republicans and Democrats alike, have called on Cuomo to resign following the allegations, with some saying the sexual harassment claims and a scandal about his administration undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing houses show the governor is not match for workplace.
On Sunday, Cuomo was defiant, saying there’s no likelihood he would resign.
“I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” he advised reporters. “The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.”
Last week, Cuomo apologized for behaving “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” however he denied touching his accusers inappropriately and refused to step down.
The governor’s newest refusal to step down got here lower than 24 hours after two extra girls — former aides to Cuomo — got here ahead with their very own allegations, as first reported in The Wall Street Journal. On Saturday, former Cuomo coverage aide Anna Liss, who labored for Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, alleged the governor requested her if she had a boyfriend, touched her again and kissed her hand throughout an encounter. Another former Cuomo aide, Karen Hinton, alleged he pulled her in for a “very long, too tight, too intimate” hug in 2000, when Cuomo headed up the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Cuomo advised reporters that Hinton, who was beforehand press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is a “political adversary,” and he prompt the push for him to resign is politically motivated.
“I have a newsflash for you: There is politics in politics. I have political differences with people,” he stated.
Shortly after Cuomo spoke to the press on Sunday, the highest Democrat within the New York Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, stated he ought to resign.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it,” Stewart-Cousins stated. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
“There is no way I resign,” Cuomo emphasised on the decision with reporters Sunday. “Let the attorney general do her investigation.”
Last week, after dealing with public stress for making an attempt to assign an in depth ally to work with New York Attorney General Letitia James to research the claims of sexual harassment, Cuomo in the end agreed that James ought to lead the trouble independently.
James additionally led the investigation launched in January that discovered the Cuomo administration undercounted coronavirus deaths in nursing houses by a minimum of 50%.
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