Rep. Meng Calls on Gov. Cuomo to Resign

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Republicans, and there still are many in NY, have joined this chorus as well. "So we were concerned, of course, about the reports of this inappropriate behavior, but we also have a number of steps in the system to ensure that the people of NY, the people of any state [that] the vaccines are being distributed fairly and equitably".

Cuomo has said that he feels "embarrassed" for the "pain I've caused" and pledged to cooperate with the investigation, but he denied allegations of groping and refused to step down.

The initial idea, according to three people with direct knowledge of the events, was to have former Cuomo aides - especially women - sign their names to the letter and circulate it fairly widely. There are two factions in the state legislature who, for political reasons that predate this scandal, dislike the Governor.

Cuomo says almost 135,000 doses have been administered across New York's distribution network in the last 24 hours, while more than one-million doses have been given out over the last month.

When a reporter pressed Psaki at her daily press briefing, asking why Cuomo was still leading the weekly White House pandemic calls in his role as chair of the National Governors Association, Psaki said, "It would be up to the NGA to determine if they were to make a change on that front".

Foreign Secretary statement on radical changes to Hong Kong's electoral system
In a separate statement , Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledged her "staunch support" and expressed "sincere gratitude". Beijing is facing a chorus of condemnation after approving changes Thursday to how Hong Kong's legislature is chosen.

On Thursday, New York state lawmakers opened an impeachment inquiry into Cuomo's actions, while state Attorney General Leticia James has opened an independent investigation. During his decade in office, Cuomo has been mired in scandals that sent close allies, such as Alain Kaloyeros, founder of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Joe Percoco, the governor's "enforcer", to prison. Under Mr. Cuomo's plan, the top rate would rise to 10.82% on income over $100 million.

Unlike the federal government, NY taxes capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income.

Several members of New York's Democratic congressional delegation, including both Sens.

The executive filed notice of an impending ethics complaint with the public integrity unit of the New York Office of Attorney General on Friday. Kevin Law of the Long Island Association, which represents businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties, criticized what he called the Legislature's "new, unnecessary and punitive taxes that will chase businesses and individuals out of the state and slow down the post-Covid recovery of our economy". The poll shows that 61 percent of Democratic voters say they do not think Cuomo should immediately step down, while 25 percent say he should. The state will receive $12.5 billion under the stimulus package.

Labor leaders praised the legislative budget plans. That's a big difference from the procedure followed when the US president is impeached - a president remains in office during the trial.

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