De Blasio: Cuomo 'can no longer serve as governor'


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters. | John Minchillo / AP Photo

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio joined on Thursday calling Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down in light of recent allegations against the embattled governor.

A sixth woman emerged this week on charges of sexual misconduct on Cuomo. According to a report in the Times UnionThe woman, a staff member whose identity has not been released, said Cuomo called her to the Executive Mansion last year and when she was there he reached under her blouse and petted her.

“The specific allegation that the governor called one of his employees, someone he had power over, called them into a private place and then sexually assaulted them, is absolutely unacceptable. It is disgusting to me,” said de Blasio on Thursday to reporters during a press conference in the town hall. “He can no longer serve as governor. It’s that simple.”

It is the first time that de Blasio has asked Cuomo to step down because of the numerous scandals that have emerged in recent weeks. The governor is also accused of covering up the number of deaths in nursing homes in New York.

Cuomo has denied the recent allegations.

“I’ve never done anything like this,” he said in a statement on Wednesday evening. “The details of this report are intolerable. I will not go into the details of this or any other allegation in light of the ongoing review, but I am confident that the attorney general’s report will produce a result.”

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