New York Democrats Continue to Push for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Resignation

Julia Strasius, News/Design Editor

High-ranking officials such as Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have pushed for the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amid sexual misconduct allegations against him. 

On Mar. 1, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice became the first New York delegate member to call for Cuomo to step down. Since then, many officials have joined her. Members of Congress such as Jamaal Bowman and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and representatives like Mondaire Jones, Nydia Velázquez, Antonio Delgado, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng have also requested that he resign.

Since the first allegation, six other women have come forward accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment. Lindsey Boylan, one of Cuomo’s former employees, first accused him of harassment in February, claiming that he touched her inappropriately and repeatedly made comments about her appearance. Jessica Bakeman, a former statehouse reporter in Albany, came forward detailing a similar experience. 

In a call with reporters and in media statements, Cuomo repeatedly denied the allegations made against him, emphasizing that he has no intention of resigning. 

In a Quinnipiac University poll conducted on Mar. 4, 2021, the majority of New York registered Democrats said that Cuomo should not resign, but they also do not want to see him run for reelection in 2022. 59% of participants were not satisfied with his response to the allegations, and more than eight in 10 voters pledged their support for the ongoing investigation by New York State Attorney General Tish James. 

On Thursday, the Democrat-led State Assembly, which begins potential impeachment proceedings, introduced their plans to launch an investigation of their own.

In the meantime, James continues to investigate the allegations made against Cuomo.

The Biden administration has not yet commented on the situation, with Cuomo in the midst of questions about the allegations and whether the governor should resign. White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Friday that officials did not have anything to add on the subject, although they did see the news about the congressional delegation’s break from Cuomo.