Top New York state lawmaker says Cuomo ‘must resign’

Pressure is mounting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down amid allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dealing with elevated stress to step down, after he was accused by a number of girls of sexual harassment and different inappropriate behaviour.

In an announcement shared by native media on Sunday, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated accounts of alleged wrongdoing towards Cuomo are “drawing away from the business of government”.

“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,” she stated.

Several girls have come ahead in latest weeks to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and misconduct, together with inappropriate feedback of a sexual nature, in addition to undesirable sexual advances.

Cuomo, who drew nationwide consideration for his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, has additionally been criticised after US media retailers reported that his high aides obscured the true variety of individuals killed by the coronavirus within the state’s nursing properties.

“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,” Stewart-Cousins stated in her assertion.

AP 21015711699880Cuomo has additionally confronted criticism after US media reported his aides obscured the true variety of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing properties in New York state [File: Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo]

State Assembly Speaker Carl E Heastie additionally spoke out on Sunday concerning the allegations, which he described as “deeply disturbing” and having “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,” Heastie stated in an announcement, as reported by native media.

While Cuomo at first denied any wrongdoing, he stated on February 28 that he “never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm”.

“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended,” he stated in an announcement at the moment.

New York continues to be within the midst of this pandemic… We want to manipulate with out day by day distraction. For the great of the state, Governor Cuomo should resign

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Majority Leader

Last week, he apologised and stated he would cooperate with an investigation into his conduct, however wouldn’t resign.

He reiterated that place on Sunday, telling reporters throughout a convention name that it could be “anti-democratic” for him to step down.

“They don’t override the people’s will, they don’t get to override elections,” stated Cuomo, when requested about members of his personal social gathering calling for his resignation. “I was elected by the people of New York state. I wasn’t elected by politicians.”