The US senators for brand spanking New York joined growing involves Andrew Cuomo to resign as a seventh woman came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the governor.
Fellow Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Mr. Cuomo had “lost the confidence” of New Yorkers.
Six women have accused Mr. Cuomo of unwanted kissing and groping. On Friday, another woman, a former NY reporter, said Mr. Cuomo harassed her. Mr. Cuomo has denied the allegations against him and has defied calls to resign from Democrats.
“I didn’t do what has been alleged,” Mr. Cuomo said before facing the seventh complaint on Friday. “I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone.”
In their statement, Mr. Schumer, who is additionally the Senate legislator, and Ms. Gillibrand, said: “Due to the multiple, credible harassment and misconduct allegations, it’s clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the arrogance of his governing partners and therefore the people of latest York. Governor Cuomo should resign.”
Earlier, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Congressman Jamaal Bowman also released a joint statement that said, “we believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the NY State legislature,” about a gaggle of legislators who have called on Mr. Cuomo to resign.
“Governor Cuomo can not effectively lead within the face of numerous challenges”, the statement said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a long-time political rival of Democrat Governor Cuomo, told reporters on Thursday that the latest allegation is “disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor.”
Mr. Cuomo, whose term in office involves an end in 2022, was last year praised for his handling of the Covid epidemic in his state. However, this year he has been accused of obscuring the size of coronavirus deaths within the state’s nursing homes.
On Thursday, NY State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he had given the go-ahead for an “impeachment investigation” into the allegations made against Mr. Cuomo. The investigation, which can interview witnesses and appearance at the evidence, would be the primary step towards impeachment.
Mr. Cuomo has said he would wait for the results of an independent investigation into the allegations, which is being overseen by New York’s attorney general Letitia James.