Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand call on Cuomo to resign03/13/2021
Cuomo walks around his mansion in a blanket with daughter Mariah and dog Captain after Chuck Schumer demanded he RESIGN when seventh woman accused him of sexual harassment
- On Friday, a seventh woman spoke out accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
- The same day, a group of 30 women spoke with New York magazine alleging they were bullied while working for Cuomo
- In the wake of the bombshell claims, New York Reps. Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged Cuomo to stand down
- In total, 14 New York Democratic Congressional Reps have now called for Cuomo’s resignation
- On Friday evening, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also joined the chorus of powerful Democrats saying Cuomo should go
- ‘It is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,’ they said in a joint statement
- But a defiant Cuomo has vowed not to become a victim of ‘cancel culture’ and says he won’t resign, urging the people of New York to await the results of an independent investigation
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are demanding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resign – becoming the most powerful Democratic voices to call for him to leave office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.
Schumer and Gillibrand, who serve as New York’s two sitting senators, released a joint statement Friday afternoon, which read: ‘Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct.
‘Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign.’
Both had previously said an independent investigation into the allegations against Cuomo was essential.
Shortly after the Senators’ joint statement was released, House Intelligence Chairman and California Rep. Adam Schiff also urged Cuomo to resign.
‘I don’t think he can carry on,’ Schiff told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.
Meanwhile, New York State Comprtoller Tom DiNapooli tweeted: ‘These allegations are extremely disturbing and are impairing Governor Cuomo’s ability to lead, as our state struggles through a crisis and must make critical budget decisions. It is time for him to step down.’
Earlier on Friday, New York representatives Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined 12 of the 17 other New York Congressional Democrats also demanding that the Governor step aside.
Pressure is growing on Cuomo as a seventh woman alleged sexual harassment in a first-person essay published in New York magazine on Friday.
Additionally, 30 women spoke to the same publication claiming they experienced bullying while working for the Governor.
But a defiant Cuomo told reporters in a conference call Friday that he will not bow to ‘cancel culture’ by tending his resignation. He then hit out at colleagues who are calling for him to go.
‘Politicians take positions for all sorts of reasons including political expediency and bowing to pressure,’ he stated.
‘People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth… let the review proceed.
‘I am not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians. I was elected by the people – part of this is that I am not part of the political club and you know what, I’m proud of it.’
On Friday evening, Cuomo was seen looking strained as he paced up and down outside the Governor’s Mansion in Albany with his daughter, Mariah.
At one point, the Governor draped a blanket over his shoulders as he spoke into the phone while sipping from a bottle of Saratoga Springs water.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are demanding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resign – becoming the most powerful Democratic voices yet to call for him to leave office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Cuomo is pictured outside the Governor’s Mansion in Albany with his daughter on Friday
The Governor draped a blanket around his shoulders and appeared to be in a downcast mood as he was spotted outside his residence
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called Friday on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, adding the most powerful Democratic voices yet to calls for the governor to leave office in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and groping
Cuomo was pictured pacing with his daughter, Mariah, as he took a phone call on Friday evening
Cuomo was seen clutching a bottle of Saratoga Springs water as he spoke on the phone. His dog, Captain, was also seen
In the same conference call with the reporters on Friday, Cuomo stated: ‘Women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that but I also want to be clear – there is still a question of the truth.
‘I did not do what has been alleged. Period. I won’t speculate about people’s possible motives, but I can tell you as a former Attorney General, who’s gone through this situation many times, there are often many motivations for making an allegation.
‘That is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision.’
He went on to make his case for why he should stay in office, insisting he was the man for the job because he’d been in the public eye ‘his entire life’ as the son of former NY Governor Mario Cuomo.
‘The people have known me for 40 years; elected me AG, governor 3 times, I’ve been in the public eye my entire life.
‘My entire life, I have been under public scrutiny since I was 23. New Yorkers know me.. I am going to focus on my job because we have real challenges. People say avoid distractions. I am going to avoid distractions and focus on my job – I have to rebuild the state.’
On Friday, Cuomo also seemed to suggest that he’d had consensual sexual relationships with some of the women after emphatically denying that he had ‘abused, harassed or assaulted’ any of them
On Friday, Cuomo insisted again – as he did last week – that he never touched anyone inappropriately but accepted that he may have felt people feel ‘uncomfortable’ while taking photographs with them
New York representatives Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday issued statements demanding governor Andrew Cuomo to resign amid sexual harassment claims
AOC also released a statement to Twitter after calling for his resignation. 14 of the 17 New York Democrats in Congress are now demanding Cuomo stand down
During questions, Cuomo insisted again – as he did last week – that he never touched anyone inappropriately but accepted that he may have felt people feel ‘uncomfortable’ while taking photographs with them.
Cuomo also seemed to suggest that he’d had consensual sexual relationships with some of the women after emphatically denying that he had ‘abused, harassed or assaulted’ any of them.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez released a statement on Friday which read: ‘After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign.’
On Friday, Cuomo’s seventh accuser, Jessia Bakeman, claimed she endured unwanted touching and humiliating comments while covering his administration as a journalist.
The other group of women also spoke to New York Magazine in a detailed account of the allegedly abusive environment that the governor’s aides are subjected to.
It included multiple women who claim that they were led to take anti-depressants and go to therapy for the first time in their lives after the atmosphere created by Cuomo and some of his senior aides took a drastic toll on their mental health.
One accuser revealed she had even called a suicide hotline.
A current New York state senator also spoke about the alleged intimidation tactics and power plays used by the governor, including an incident in which Cuomo kissed her on the head in front on her fiancé and asked if he was jealous.
The claims made on Friday added to the allegations made by six women – most of whom were former aides – against the governor since December.
Jessica Bakeman claimed in a first-person article for New York Magazine that she was sexually harassed by Cuomo on several occassions since the start of her journalism career in 2012
MEMBERS OF THE NY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CALLING FOR CUOMO’S RESIGNATION
Issuing statements Friday:
Issued statement last week:
14. Rep. Kathleen Rice
Bakeman – Cuomo’s seventh accuser – detailed inappropiate touching by the governor in an essay penned for New York magazine.
‘He took my hand, as if to shake it, then refused to let go,’ Bakeman wrote of an interaction with Cuomo as she said goodnight at a holiday party in 2014 when she was only 25 years old.
‘He put his other arm around my back, his hand on my waist, and held me firmly in place while indicating to a photographer he wanted us to pose for a picture.’
At the time Bakeman had been working for what is now Politico New York and claimed that red flags went up as it is her ‘job was to analyze and scrutinize him’.
‘I didn’t want a photo of him with his hands on my body and a smile on my face,’ she wrote.
‘But I made the reflexive assessment that most women and marginalized people know instinctively, the calculation about risk and power and self-preservation. I knew it would be far easier to smile for the brief moment it takes to snap a picture than to challenge one of the most powerful men in the country.’
The reporter, who now works in Florida, claimed that Cuomo ‘never let me forget I was a woman’ as she also alleged that he made frequent attempts to humiliated her, including calling our her purple phone instead of answering her question during a press gaggle.
‘Cuomo seemed to think the fact that I had the audacity to speak over a man was hilarious. With him, these exchanges were always meant to be a public humiliation,’ she said.
Yet, Bakeman also claimed that she did not believe Cuomo ever wanted to have sex with her, and that it was instead about ‘power’.
‘He wanted me to know that he could take my dignity away at any moment with an inappropriate comment or a hand on my waist,’ she states.
‘He wanted me to know that I was powerless, that I was small and weak, that I did not deserve what relative power I had: a platform to hold him accountable for his words and actions.
‘He wanted me to know that he could take my dignity away at any moment with an inappropriate comment or a hand on my waist.’ ‘The way he bullies and demeans women is different. He uses touching and sexual innuendo to stoke fear in us. That is the textbook definition of sexual harassment,’ she added.
Governor Cuomo (pictured) continued to resist calls for him to resign on Friday
What happens if Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns from office?
If Cuomo resigns Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured) would take over
As of Friday afternoon, 14 out of 19 of New York’s congressional Democrats have called for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.
They are joined by all Democrats in the NY State Senate and by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Cuomo on Friday refused to accept that he should resign despite the mounting pressure.
If he resigns Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would take over.
She would finish Cuomo’s term until the next scheduled gubernatorial election in 2022.
Hochul is a Democrat who has served since 2015 and was a NY representative for New York’s 26th congressional district from 2011 to 2013.
She backed an investigation into allegations against Cuomo last month.
‘Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and to be taken seriously. I support an independent review,’ she said.
The last time a governor resigned was in early 2008.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer left office after he admitted to having extramarital affairs with sex workers.
When Spitzer stepped down, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson took over until 2010.
Cuomo, then Attorney General, won that election to take over from Paterson.
To date, a lieutenant governor has stepped in to carry out a gubernatorial term in New York on eight occassions, the first one taking place in 1817.
LG Hochul would also take over if Cuomo is impeached.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie authorized its Judiciary Committee to start an impeachment investigation into Cuomo Thursday.
The last time a NY governor was impeached was in 1913.
The process in New York is very similar to the impeachment procedure in Congress.
A simple majority in the state Assembly is required to impeach a governor.
It then goes to the state impeachment court.
A two-thirds majority of the state Senate and the justices of the New York Court of Appeals would be required to convict Cuomo and remove him from office.
The lieutenant governor takes over as acting governor while the trial plays out.
Meanwhile, Cuomo’s fourth accuser, Ana Liss, 35, also spoke to New York Magazine as she revealed how her treatment in the office led her to believe ‘I was going crazy’.
Liss said that she ‘started pursuing mental-health services when I was there because I thought I was going crazy. My parents thought I was going nuts’.
‘I was angry and crying all the time, and I went on Lexapro,’ she added. ‘I did call in to a suicide hotline because I felt like such a friggin’ nobody.’
She had previously told the Wall Street Journal that she had started drinking heavily while working with Cuomo’s administration before asking to be moved to another office.
And she revealed on Thursday that she was among the former aides to receive an allegedly intimidating phone call from top Cuomo aides in December after first accuser Lindsey Boylan came forward.
In her first claims earlier this month she said that the governor asked her if she had a boyfriend, touched her on the lower back during an event reception and kissed her on the hand before she asked to move from his office.
‘I felt gross, like I was just an ornament,’ Liss said of requests for her to dress up while in the office.
She added that had ‘never felt more depleted by the male gaze’.
‘Melissa DeRosa [Cuomo’s top aide] had Louboutins, and there were legs everywhere, and I just felt stupid,’ Liss said.
‘I was living in a place that was full of people who were mean and predatory. It ground me down to the lowest point of my life, like I was a piece of nothing and my career was going nowhere.’
Cuomo’s fourth accuser, Ana Liss, 35, (pictured above) also spoke to New York Magazine as she revealed how her treatment in the office led her to believe ‘I was going crazy’
The current New York Attorney General Letitia James is currently investigating Cuomo over the women’s complaints and over his handling of th data regarding nursing home deaths from COVID-19.
The new calls for his resignation come a day after New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he had authorized its Judiciary Committee to start an impeachment investigation into sexual misconduct allegations that six women have made against Cuomo.
The panel’s investigation will run parallel to one being led by AG Letitia James.
The mounting scandals have also left Cuomo in a weakened position during negotiations over the state budget, which is due on April 1.
Cuomo has asked the public to await the results of that investigation before making judgment.
The third-term governor, who took office in 2011, has pointed to his reelections as indication of strong statewide support, which was bolstered last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also touted his administration’s passage of liberal goals such as same-sex marriage as evidence that his hard-nosed approach to politics works.
protestor sits outside the New York State Capitol on Friday, following allegations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed young women
A group also gathered to protest over the nursing home COVID scandal (pictured)
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