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Officials call on Cuomo to resign

Aug 04, 2021 6:00 am

Natasha Vaughn and Aliya Schneider are reporting for Columbia-Greene Media various elected officials from both major parties believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be held responsible for his actions and are calling for his resignation after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Aug. 3, the findings of an independent investigation into Cuomo's behavior toward multiple women. The report concluded that the governor sexually harassed 11 women, violating state and federal laws, from 2013 to 2020. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, released a joint statement in response to the AG’s announcement. “As we have said before, the reported actions of the governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable,” Schumer and Gillibrand said. “Today’s report ... substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so.” Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees, said Democrat, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, and he thanked the brave women who came forward. “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 said. Republican state Assemblymember Chris Tague supports an Assembly investigation and impeachment proceeding. “I hope now that this report will come out that my fellow members in the Assembly and in the Senate will have a new call to get the impeachment proceedings started and remove the governor from office and let this play out,” Tague said. "...{T]he way this report is reading from the attorney general, it does not look good for Andrew Cuomo.” Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan said the AG's report leads to one inescapable conclusion: Cuomo must resign. “...Cuomo is a serial sexual harasser that has brought disgrace upon his office and stained our state. For the good of New York, Cuomo must go,” Jordan said. Democratic Assemblymember Didi Barrett said she was devastated by the outcome of the investigation and called for the governor to step down. “That report has documented a pattern of demeaning and disrespectful behavior and a hostile working environment that has no place in the great State of New York,” Barrett said. "My heart goes out to the courageous women who stepped up to share their truths." Republican Assemblymember Jake Ashby echoed his colleagues. “It is our duty as state legislators to immediately bring forth the resolution to impeach Gov. Cuomo as no one should be empowered to lead our great state who habitually disregards basic decency and respect to the women he encounters,” Ashby said. Locally, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murell, a Republican, said, “If it’s true, the governor should resign.” Hudson Common Council President Thomas DePietro, a Democrat, also believes Cuomo should step down. “Without parsing every accusation — of which there are many in the report — I think the governor should resign,” he said. Note: DePietro is a WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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