New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to face calls to resign as several women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
Earlier this week, a sixth woman came forward claiming that Cuomo touched her inappropriately at the Executive Mansion as recently as 2020.
As the Times Union reports, the unidentified woman was a member of the governor’s Executive Chamber staff at the time of the alleged incident.
Amid the latest allegation, at least 55 lawmakers in the state have called on Cuomo to resign.
“As legislators and as New Yorkers we all must decide what is best for the future of New York State. the budget, the fight against COVID-19, and restarting the economy all demand clear and trustworthy leadership,” the lawmakers said in a public letter. “In light of the Governor’s 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, rending him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”
The lawmakers recognized the investigation into the allegations is still ongoing but said Cuomo should still resign.
“In the meantime, the Governor needs to put the people of New York first. We have a Lieutenant-Governor who can step in and lead for the remainder of the term, and this is what is best for New Yorkers in this critical time. It is time for Governor Cuomo to resign,” the letter reads.
As Politico reports, Mayor De Blasio described Cuomo’s alleged actions as “absolutely unacceptable” and “disgusting.”
“The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his, someone who he had power over, called her to a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable. It is disgusting to me,” de Blasio told a group of reporters on Thursday. “He can no longer serve as governor. It’s as simple as that.”
See the letter below:
Inbox: more than 55 NY state legislators call on Gov. Cuomo to resign pic.twitter.com/5nygbAJvM7
— Akela Lacy (@akela_lacy) March 11, 2021
Cuomo has denied the latest allegations.
“I have never done anything like this,” he said in a statement Wednesday night. “The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”