Nearly 50 New York lawmakers have called for Governor Andrew Cuomo to either resign or be impeached after several allegations of sexual harassment were raised against him.
Two women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Gov Andrew Cuomo on Saturday, bringing the total to five. The developments prompted State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to call for Cuomo’s resignation. They were joined by at least 35 other legislators who want the governor to step down. Another 10 legislators have called for Cuomo to face impeachment. These calls of resignation also come after the COVID-19 nursing home scandal. An estimated 15,000 people died in New York’s nursing homes [AP].
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) stated that, “Cuomo must resign or we must impeach him. The harm and damage and hurt he has caused must end. I plead for my colleagues to have the strength to speak up and have the will to act.” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican, also came out to publicly denounce Cuomo on Sunday. “I think what’s amazing to me is how different the media has treated Gov. Cuomo to Brett Kavanaugh. Over and over now we’ve heard these women tell their stories against Gov. Cuomo and I think that the media not covering it until several women came forward is shameful,” Noem said. “He’s tried to cover up his actions throughout the COVID pandemic. He tried to cover up the damage done by what happened in nursing homes, the deaths that happened there,” she said. “Now it appears as though he’s trying to cover up what has happened with these young women in his life as well.”
The governor has repeatedly insisted that he will not step down, and that they will have to impeach him. Governor Cuomo has also denied the sexual harassment allegations as well as altering the body count of the nursing homes. In order to impeach Governor Andrew Cuomo, the assembly would need a 2/3 majority vote in the 150-member body, the state senate and a 2/3 majority of court members which would include both senators and judges from New York state’s court of appeals [FOX].
ARTICLE: AANAND MAHATO
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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