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REPORT: NY vaccine czar allegedly calling county officials to gauge their loyalty to Governor Cuomo

New York’s “vaccine czar,” Larry Schwartz, a longtime advisor to embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo, made phone calls to county officials in the past two weeks, attempting to gauge their loyalty to the governor amid an ongoing sexual harassment investigation, according to multiple officials who spoke with The Washington Post.

One Democratic county executive was so disturbed by the call from Schwartz, who is heading the state’s vaccination efforts, that they filed notice of an impending ethics complaint with the state attorney general’s office on Friday, according to The Washington Post. The official feared that Schwartz’s potential dissatisfaction with the official’s response to his questions about support of the governor may negatively affect the county’s vaccine supply.

As of Wednesday, March 10, six women have come forward accusing Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment, including several former staffers and one he met purely socially. The accusations range from groping under a woman’s shirt and planting unwelcome kisses to asking inappropriate personal questions about dating and sex.

Nearly all of the Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation, including 16 of the state’s 19 House Democrats as well as Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, say that Governor Cuomo has lost the ability to govern and are calling for his resignation. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand released a joint statement on Friday, 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.” Despite top Democrats calling for his resignation, however, Cuomo has refused to step down.

ARTICLE: CHLOE CHANDLER

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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