The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will not quit, despite the numerous calls for him to leave amid harassment allegations but Cuomo says “there is no way I resign!”
Tuesday, after an explosive new report was released by the New York state attorney general’s office on allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.
Even President Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, “I think he should resign,” Biden said of his fellow Democrat.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had lost the support of the Democratic majority in the assembly and could no longer serve as governor. His announcement followed a cascade of statements from Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation asking for his resignation in the face of multiple sexual misconduct allegations and an ongoing investigation into the state’s reporting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
Stewart-Cousins said in a statement Sunday afternoon, “Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government, we have allegations of 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. 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.”
In a call with reporters, Cuomo said, “Women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully.”
“But I also want to be clear, there is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged.” He added.
After Cuomo’s comments, the state’s U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement saying, “Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign.”
But Cuomo insisted that he continues to be focused on the state’s COVID-19 response and vaccination effort, and said he would not be “distracted” by the allegations.
“I was elected by the people of the state, not by politicians, I’m not going to resign because of allegations. The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.” Cuomo said.
Cuomo has spent the weekend reaching out to state leaders and legislators telling them he will not resign two people familiar with the conversations told CBS News. In telephone calls, the governor is repeating what he has said publicly: Be patient and allow an investigation overseen by New York Attorney General Letitia James to proceed.
Cuomo added that he would not give in to “cancel culture” and that he wants the ongoing inquiries into his behavior to proceed.