One of New York’s most prominent Democratic lawmakers released a statement on Sunday calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after being engulfed in two major scandals.
Cuomo is facing numerous sexual assault charges as well as a federal investigation into his administration’s COVID-19 deaths linked to nursing homes.
The charges, according to state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers, are “drawing away from the business of government.”
“New York is still in the midst of the pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it [the virus],” she said. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
According to the Associated Press, Cuomo had a short phone call with Stewart-Cousins and told her that he would not resign and that they would have to impeach him if they wanted him out of office.
Following Stewart-Cousins’ comment, a growing number of state legislators have come forward to demand his resignation.
According to a Fox News tally, a total of 37 members of the Assembly and state Senate want him to resign, with 10 calling for impeachment.
The state Assembly would require a plurality vote in the 150-member body to impeach the governor, and the state Senate would need a two-thirds majority of court members, which would include senators and judges from the state’s court of appeals.
Cuomo has categorically dismissed some of the charges leveled against him, and his office has denied tampering with the number of deaths in nursing homes.
State officials now estimate that more than 15,000 New York residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities may have died of coronavirus—a much larger number than the 6,400 estimates previously reported by state officials, according to a story published Thursday night by The Wall Street Journal.
Cuomo was once embraced by many in the media and was seen as the moderate Democrat who could one day be the party’s presidential nominee.
Progressive columnist David Sirota of The Guardian asserted that waiting until “harassment is investigated” would ignore what he called Cuomo’s “other big scandal.”
“Cuomo should face impeachment & calls to resign because 15,000 people died in nursing homes while he helped his donor shield nursing home execs from legal consequences & withheld casualty data,” Sirota tweeted Wednesday.
Lindsey Boylan, one of Cuomo’s accusers, took to Twitter on Saturday after another woman came forward, and posted, “Resign you disgusting monster.”