Cuomo suffers major blow as top Democrats say governor must go

Cuomo suffers major blow as top New York Democrats say governor must go
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suffered a major blow on Sunday in his attempt to stay as governor in the face of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and workplace bullying and a scandal over nursing home deaths under Covid-19. The majority leader of the state senate and the speaker of the assembly, two of the top Democrats in the state, said it was time for Cuomo to go.

But Mr Cuomo was not budging, telling journalist he would not quit after reportedly telling the state senate leader she would have to impeach him.

“We need to govern without daily distraction,” Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the majority leader, said in her statement.

“For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign,” she added.

Assembly speaker Carl Heastie backed her, calling the allegations against the governor “disturbing” and saying Cuomo should “seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York”.

The New York governor said he would not resign because he was elected by people not politicians and the system depended on due process.

He said: “I’m not going to resign because of allegations. The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.”

The Associated Press reported citing an anonymous source that in a brief phone conversation before Cuomo spoke to reporters, the governor told one of the top Democrats in the state Stewart-Cousins he would have to be impeached if his opponents wanted him out of office.

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