Demands for the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were raised on Tuesday following the release of a bomb report alleging that the governor sexually molested 11 women.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, both Democrats from New York, issued a joint statement calling the allegations against Cuomo “deeply worrying” and calling for his resignation.
“Today’s New York attorney general’s report corroborated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who stood up to share their stories – and we commend the women for doing so,” the senators said.
“No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the office of governor. We continue to believe that the governor should step down, ”said Schumer and Gillibrand. The senators originally called for Cuomo’s resignation in March.
Gillibrand called the report “very serious and devastating” on Tuesday.
“My heart goes out to the women who came forward … and I thank them for their courage,” she told reporters at the Capitol.
Three New York Democratic Congressmen, MPs Tom Suozzi, Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries, none of whom had previously urged Cuomo to step down, did so on Tuesday.
“It is time for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and step down,” read a statement from the legislature.
Jeffries is the chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives, the fifth highest Democrat in the House of Representatives.
The report is the result of months of investigation by independent investigators working for Attorney General Letitia James’ office. It concluded that Cuomo “sexually molested several women in violation of federal and state laws,” James told a press conference.
A gloomy but defiant Cuomo strongly denied some of these allegations later Tuesday, saying that other examples of his alleged wrongdoing had been misrepresented or misinterpreted.
News of the report’s results landed like a grenade in Albany and Washington, where the powerful Democratic governor has earned a reputation as a bare political thug.
The 165-page report also stated that Cuomo’s office was steeped in fear and intimidation and was a hostile work environment for many employees. The women Cuomo harassed included members of his own staff, members of the public, and other government employees, one of whom was a state trooper.
“The governor must resign for the good of the state,” said Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic majority leader in the New York State Senate. “Now that the investigation is closed and the allegations are substantiated, it should be clear to everyone that they can no longer serve as governor.”
New York State Assembly Democratic spokesman Carl Heastie also called the report’s findings “worrying” and said Cuomo was unable to remain governor.
“The details of the victims are heartbreaking. Our hearts go out to all of the people who went through this horrific experience,” Heastie said in a statement. “The governor’s behavior described in this report would suggest that someone is unsuitable for office.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the “heinous conduct” described in the report disqualified Cuomo from remaining in office and renewed his call to resign or impeach the governor.
“My first thoughts are with the women who have been exposed to this hideous behavior and their courage to share their stories,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The Attorney General’s detailed and thorough report reveals many worrying cases of serious misconduct. Andrew Cuomo has committed sexual assault, sexual harassment and intimidated a whistleblower. This is disqualifying. “
One of the women Cuomo allegedly molested was a New York state trooper.
Thomas H. Mungeer, president of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, said he was “outraged and disgusted that one of my members charged with guarding the governor and ensuring his safety did not enjoy the same feeling of security as her Working environment that was made available to him. “
“The NYSTPBA also commends the courage of our member who, when asked to do so during this investigation, was sincere and had the courage to share their experiences,” said Mungeer.
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