More than 55 Democratic New York state lawmakers jointly called for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over sexual-harassment allegations, as Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie called a meeting to discuss potential paths forward.
In light of the Governors admission of inappropriate behavior and the findings of altered data on nursing home COVID-19 deaths, he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need, the lawmakers said in a statement on Thursday.
Cuomo, a third-term governor, had said on March 7 there is no way he would resign. Two days later, allegations from a sixth accuser surfaced in the Albany Times Union, and details revealed Wednesday allege that the governor aggressively groped her after she had been summoned to the Executive Mansion late last year.
The governor, in response to the paper, denied making any inappropriate advances.
Should he continue to refuse to resign, the legislature could consider impeachment proceedings. A majority vote in the Assembly would be needed for the Senate to conduct a trial.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the governors biggest Democratic critics, said Cuomo can no longer serve as governor.
This most recent report is just disqualifying, de Blasio said Thursday at a briefing. He just cant serve as governor any more.
With assistance by Keshia Clukey, and Henry Goldman
(Updates with mayors comments in last paragraph)
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