Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a majority of House Democrats have joined in requesting Governor Andrew Cuomo deliver his resignation. The call for his removal comes after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and a separate series of allegations related to a March 2020 nursing home mandate. The mandate forced NYS nursing homes to open their doors for COVID-19 positive patients, thus exposing the most vulnerable portion of New York’s population to a highly communicable disease. Subsequently, Governor Cuomo’s administration has been accused of data distortion after nursing home deaths skyrocketed.
“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,” Gillibrand and Schumer said in a joint statement on Friday evening. “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.”