According to Jimmy Vielkind and Deanna Paul of the WSJ, Democrat leaders of New York state legislature are questioning Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ability to remain in his position between allegations of personal workplace harassment and federal reports about his administration reducing COVID-19 death tallies from nursing homes.
While some Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called for Cuomo’s resignation, Cuomo has publicly stated he will not.
Democratic State Attorney General Letitia James will oversee an investigation of the workplace allegations levied against Cuomo.
In an interview with the WSJ, former Cuomo aide Ana Liss stated the governor’s actions included touching her lower back at a reception and once kissing her hand when she rose from her desk. She also alleges that at a 2014 event in the state Executive Mansion, Cuomo placed his hand on the small of her back and posed for a picture.
Mr. Cuomo did not deny the possibility of Liss’ allegations, on Sunday stating “I say to people in the office, how are you doing? How’s everything? Are you going out? Are you dating? That’s my way of doing friendly banter.”
Currently, 5 women have spoken out of allegations against Cuomo.
However, Governor Cuomo has denied the allegations of Karen Hinton, another former aide of Cuomo. Hinton has alleged that in 2000, Cuomo summoned her to a hotel room and hugged her inappropriately.
While top national Democrat officials such as New York senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they would wait for the results of the investigation, Republican lawmakers and members of the New York State Assembly have announced a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Cuomo.
New York Senate Democratic Majority advanced legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers granted to the Governor last year for the pandemic.