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Delgado, Tonko, and 11 other New York Congressional Democrats, call for Cuomo to resign

Mar 12, 2021 1:00 pm

On March 12, in one hour 13 of New York's 19 House Democrats, including Reps. Antonio Delgado and Paul Tonko, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. Cuomo is mired in six allegations of sexual assault or harassment, and accusations that his administration manipulated data about nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that he rushed a bridge construction project to completion in time for an election. "Being the Governor of the State of New York is a privilege. Withholding critical information from the public, combined with the growing allegations of threats, bullying, and sexual harassment, reflects a culture of aggression that is unfit to lead. The Governor must resign," Delgado posted on Twitter. Tonko posted on Twitter that, "For the sake of New York’s ongoing COVID recovery and the millions of New Yorkers who depend on strong, focused leadership from the state Capitol, Governor Cuomo must resign and hand the reins of state leadership to someone who can give the job their full, undivided focus." Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones, Nydia Velazquez, Kathleen Rice, Carolyn Maloney, Adriano Espaillat, Yvette Clarke, Grace Meng, Jerrold Nadler, and Sean Maloney also came out in favor of Cuomo's resignation as of noon on March 12. Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who represents Columbia and Dutchess counties, is the only state- or national-level elected Democrat locally who has not called for Cuomo's resignation. Shortly after the calls for his resignation, Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters that he would not resign and claimed, "I am not part of the political club," even though he is the son of a former governor. "I was not elected by the politicians," he said.

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