Schumer, Gillibrand join call for Cuomo to step down


Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, speaks at a vaccination site in New York March 8, Seth Wenig, Pool, File / AP Photo

ALBANIA – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined more than a dozen Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation on Friday, calling for the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The third-term Democrat is rapidly losing support in his own party on allegations of sexual harassment, inappropriate workplace behavior and a cover-up of deaths in nursing homes.

The senators who hadn’t been quick To request the governor’s exit, he said in a statement late Friday that “based on multiple, credible allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the trust of his government partners and the people of New York.”

“Dealing with and overcoming the COVID crisis requires safe and steady leadership. We commend the courageous actions of those who made serious allegations of abuse and misconduct, ”they added. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”

Cuomo said Friday that the opinion of his elected Democrats would not be a factor in his plans.

“Politicians who don’t know a single fact but form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, ruthless and dangerous,” he said on a conference call. “People in New York shouldn’t trust a politician who takes a position without knowing the facts or the content. That, my friends, is politics at its worst. “

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