The Democratic governor mentioned Sunday he has no plans to step down.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign,” Stewart-Cousins mentioned in a press release supplied to CNN Sunday.
“We have more allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid nursing home data and questions surrounding the construction of a major infrastructure project,” she mentioned.
Stewart-Cousins’s determination to hitch a rising variety of state Democratic lawmakers pushing for Cuomo to step down upped the strain on the three-term governor, who seems to be dropping his grip on the state capitol he has dominated for a decade. The transfer can even put new deal with New York Sens. Chuck Schumer, the bulk chief within the US Senate, and Kirsten Gillibrand, because the state’s Democratic hierarchy considers how to answer the persistent stream of allegations in opposition to the governor.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a tweet Sunday mentioned he shares the identical sentiment as Stewart-Cousins concerning the governor’s potential to steer the state.
“The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere,” Heastie mentioned.
He went on to say, “We have many challenges to address, and I think it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.”
Cuomo mentioned in a information convention shortly earlier than Stewart-Cousins launched her assertion that he wouldn’t resign, doubling down on his earlier place, and insisting once more that no judgment must be made earlier than the conclusion of State Attorney General Letitia James’ probe of the allegations.
Stewart-Cousins referred to as Cuomo Sunday morning lower than an hour earlier than his press name to tell him that she might not assist him and that she deliberate to name for his resignation, based on a supply briefed on the dialog.
According to the supply, Cuomo advised the legislator that she ought to hearken to his press name — throughout which he advised reporters he wasn’t resigning.
“There are some legislators who suggest that I resign because of accusations that made — are made against me. I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Cuomo mentioned.
This story has been up to date with extra reporting.