"We believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges", they said.
Two prominent voices, however, have conspicuously refrained from joining these calls: namely, the state's two Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. I commend the women who have come forward for their courage. I strongly support the ongoing investigation led by Attorney General James, the investigation led by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and the inquiries by relevant District Attorney offices, however I personally believe these allegations have made it impossible for the Governor to effectively serve the people of ny, and I believe he should resign. In early March, 33-year-old Anna Ruch said Cuomo misbehaved with her at a New York City wedding reception in 2019, where, Cuomo made advances towards her and kissed her on the cheek.
"I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone", he said during a news conference.
New York House Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman released a statement Friday calling for Cuomo's resignation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly said that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris support the state attorney general's investigation into the harassment allegations.
US Rep Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the House Oversight Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Mr Cuomo's resignation is in the "best interest of all New Yorkers". Ya see? Everyone, including top Dems like Chuck Schumer, R abandoning sexless Cuomo & asking him to resign.
The sixth accusation came to light on Wednesday, when the Times Union newspaper reported that in 2020, Cuomo allegedly put his hand under the blouse of a female staffer and touched her "aggressively" in his private residence.
The state Assembly allowed an impeachment investigation into Cuomo on Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for his forcible removal from office.
They also highlighted concerns over the alleged fudging of data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths by the Cuomo administration.
"The repeated accusations against the governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point", Nadler said in a statement.
Other Republicans in New York's congressional delegation previously called for Cuomo's resignation, including Nicole Malliotakis, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney and Lee Zeldin.
He again denied the allegations of harassment by a number of women, including former aides and employees. But more Democratic lawmakers from surrounding and upstate communities are now urging the governor to resign as investigations into his conduct continue.
Friday morning Congressman Brian Higgins also issued a statement calling on the governor to resign. "Politicians who don't know a single fact, but yet form a conclusion and an opinion, are in my opinion reckless and risky". None of the desertions hurt more than those of New York's two USA senators, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen.
While Bennett reported the incident to Cuomo's chief of staff, she was transferred to a different job and she left Cuomo's administration in November a year ago.
The president supports the independent investigation from the state's office of attorney general, she said. A former journalist accused him of covering the governor with inappropriate gestures, especially in 2012 and 2014, that she said aimed to humiliate him.