A prominent House Democrat says the allegations against N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo "have made it impossible for him to govern at this point". The governor has claimed his administration had to verify deaths of residents at hospitals, but critics question why that hasn't held up the release of data in other states.
'After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General's investigation finding the Governor's admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign, ' AOC wrote in a tweet as she shared the statement.
What will happen now given Cuomo's apparent determination to stay in office at all costs remains manifestly unclear.
The state Assembly greenlit an impeachment investigation Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for Cuomo's forcible removal from office.
It alleged that Mr Cuomo put his hand under the blouse of a female staffer and touched her "aggressively" at the end of previous year in his private residence.
He also said that the women accusing him of misbehavior could have "many motivations for making an allegation".
An external investigation into Cuomo's behaviour has been initiated.
Cuomo won praise during the pandemic's first wave for his frequent, blunt updates on the coronavirus, with his news conferences often carried live by national cable networks. "Photo today showed NY Gov. Cuomo with blanket over body next to a happy dog". The activists were demanding Cuomo's immediate resignation.
The committee can interview witnesses and subpoena documents and its inquiry could be wide-ranging: from alleged sexual misconduct to COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes.
'I remain confident that Attorney General Tish James has the resources, prowess, and ability to conduct a comprehensive and determinative report.
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"The legislature needs to determine for itself what the facts are", a member of the committee, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, said.
In what appears to have been a scripted line he delivered twice in quick succession, Cuomo also made evident how he intends to frame the growing deluge of complaints and allegations against him: "People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth". "This could be the next step".
He again denied the allegations of harassment by a number of women, including former aides and employees. One aide claimed the governor's aides publicly smeared her after she accused him of sexual harassment. He is now facing an investigation by lawyers working with the New York Attorney General. "I thought we were going steady". "He should have known better".
A former New York capitol beat reporter penned a first-person piece for New York Magazine, where she described what it was like covering Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment.
A group of 59 state Democrats, including 19 senators and 40 Assembly members said in a letter Thursday that it's time for Cuomo to go.
In a joint statement, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said lawmakers "believe these women" and reporting that has "concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges". Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, too, is calling on Cuomo to resign.
Meanwhile, Cuomo said that it was "reckless" of politicians to ask him to resign before the conclusion of an investigation into the allegations.
In weeks past, calls for the governor's impeachment or resignation have come from Republicans or left-leaning Democrats in New York City.
She said every woman who has come forth "deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect and should be able to tell her story". The newspaper hadn't spoken to the woman and didn't identify her. "I did not do what has been alleged", he said.