Cuomo Faces Growing Calls From New York Democrats to Resign

03 Mars, 2021, 15:37 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Former Aide Portrays Cuomo as a Manipulative Predator

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, on Monday offered Democrats advice after a third woman came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY. She issued a statement on Twitter on Monday night after the New York Times published a photograph showing the governor touching the cheeks of 33-year-old Anna Ruch at a wedding reception in 2019. James' office told ABC News Monday evening it read Ruch's account in the Times and will decide whether to incorporate it into the just-launched investigation.

Cuomo responded over the weekend to accusations of harassment from two former female staff members by saying his actions were attempts at being amusing and were misinterpreted.

After the third accuser stepped forward, Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Long Island Democrat, said "the time has come" for Cuomo to step down. The matter should be referred to James' office so that she can conduct a transparent, independent and thorough investigation with subpoena power, Gillibrand said.

He also denied ever inappropriately touching anyone, a direct contradiction to the latest allegations against him.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the beleaguered governor of the country's fourth most populous state apologised saying things he might have said may have been misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation - as the State's Attorney General proceeds with an investigation into the allegations. She said that Cuomo told her he was lonely and looking for a girlfriend.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he found the allegations troubling, but did not call for Cuomo's resignation.

Assemblyman Billy Jones of Chateaugay Lake is one of the Democrats who has previously voted to revoke Cuomo's powers.

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Cuomo did not respond to Bennett's statement Monday.

Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas said the accusations and Mr. Cuomo's handling of Covid-19 in the state's nursing homes were deeply concerning.

Boylan, 36, alleged that the governor had given her an unsolicited kiss on the lips, suggested that they play strip poker and went "out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs". Ruch if he could kiss her and, according to Ms.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials have said that while Cuomo is under investigation, he should cede emergency powers he's held since the pandemic began, almost a year ago. In a statement Sunday, he acknowledged that he had teased people about their personal lives in an attempt to be "playful" and amusing.

In a statement, the governor said: "I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended". 'I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed, ' Ruch said. "It makes me feel sick".

Bennett rejected Cuomo's attempted apology, in which he said he'd been trying to be "playful" and that his jokes had been misinterpreted as flirting.

Assemblyman Matt Simpson, R-Horicon, said while he was glad the Legislature was acting on a "way overdue" action, he was unhappy the Democratic Assembly and Senate leaders made this decision without involving Republican members.

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