DNineteen senators and 40 members of the assembly said on Thursday it was time for Cuomo to leave.
“In light of the governor’s admission of inappropriate behavior and the change in data on COVID-19 deaths in healthcare facilities, he has lost the confidence of the public and the legislature of the ‘State. It can no longer be ineffective in this period when the needs are the most urgent ”, we can read in the letter.
This message comes as Mr. Cuomo’s grip on power in the state seemed increasingly tenuous. State Assembly’s top Democratic leader Carl Heastie said he would meet with elected officials on Thursday to discuss “potential ways forward” in light of the growing allegations.
In New York State, the Assembly is the legislative chamber that can remove Cuomo, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against female employees.
An Albany newspaper reported on Wednesday allegations by an unidentified stealing employee that Mr. Cuomo placed a hand under her shirt and stroked her after summoning her to the official residence, the Executive Mansion.
Andrew Cuomo has said on several occasions that he will not resign. He urged the public to await the outcome of an investigation by Attorney General Letitia James into his conduct. His cabinet did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Mr Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately, but said he was sorry he made someone uncomfortable even though it was not his intention.