- Governor Andrew Cuomo faces requests to resign on allegations of sexual harassment.
- The New York Democrat said lawmakers will have to impeach him if they want him out, the AP reported.
- Six New York State legislators have already called for impeachment against him.
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As calls for his resignation mounted, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a top state lawmaker that they would have to impeach him if they wanted him out of office, the Associated Press reported.
The Democrat is serving his third term as New York governor, but has faced mounting criticism in recent weeks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and allegations of sexual harassment. Several women have brought charges, while many other staff members told The Washington Post that Cuomo fostered a “hostile” and “toxic” work culture.
New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Sunday that Cuomo must resign, while Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also said he is concerned about Cuomo’s “ability to continue to lead.” .
Stewart-Cousins was the first senior Democrat in the state to say that Cuomo should resign, joining calls already made by other state legislators.
His statement came after a press call during which Cuomo said there was “no way” for him to resign. He said resigning over the accusations would be “undemocratic.”
“They don’t override the will of the people, they can’t override the elections,” Cuomo said. “I was elected by the people of New York State. I was not elected by the politicians.”
In a phone call with Stewart-Cousins on Sunday before the press conference, Cuomo told him they would have to charge him if they wanted him to leave, a source told the AP.
Some state lawmakers have already called for Cuomo’s impeachment.
Six Democrats issued a joint letter Tuesday, calling for an impeachment process against the governor in light of the sexual harassment allegations.
“The stories of sexual harassment from women that have been bravely presented confirm what many in Albany have known for years: that Governor Cuomo uses his power to belittle, intimidate and harass his employees and colleagues,” the letter says, which It was obtained by Insider, he said.
He continued: “The accounts add to the recent revelations of serious misconduct. It is time for the legislature to demand accountability. The impeachment procedures are the proper path we must follow as legislators to hold the governor accountable for his numerous abuses. of power and dismiss him from the office. “
While Cuomo has insisted that he will not resign, he has apologized for his behavior.
“Now I understand that I acted in a way that made people uncomfortable, and I sincerely and deeply apologize for that,” Cuomo said during a news conference Wednesday. “And frankly, I’m embarrassed. And it’s not easy to say, but that’s the truth.”
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