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Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, In Joint Statement with Manhattan BP, Calls for Cuomo’s Resignation

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards during the “State of the Borough” address (Queens Borough President via Youtube)

March 15, 2021 By Christina Santucci

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards joined the growing chorus of New York officials calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down — following allegations that the governor harassed several women.

Richards, in a joint statement issued with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, said Saturday that Cuomo should resign. The statement was released shortly after a seventh woman accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.

In a New York Magazine story published Saturday, former Politico reporter Jessica Bakeman wrote that Cuomo touched her inappropriately while posing for a photograph. Bakeman wrote that she believed the governor intended to shock and humiliate her.

Richards and Brewer said the state government can not work effectively, while the accusations are being examined.

“While we support the ongoing investigations, we believe that the experiences recounted by the now seven women who have come forward warrant a call for the governor’s resignation,” the borough presidents said.

“All survivors need our support and deserve justice, and the people of Queens and Manhattan support them every step of the way,” they wrote in the statement.

Cuomo has faced increasing criticism from elected officials over the sexual harassment allegations made against him — as well as his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

Dozens of state legislators — including 14 from Queens — released a statement Thursday, calling for the governor’s resignation. The following day, New York’s two senators — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — joined more than a dozen Congressmembers in saying Cuomo should step down.

On Friday, the governor denied the accusations of harassment. “I did not do what has been alleged. Period,” he said. He said the investigation into his behavior should be allowed to play out. “There are now reviews on the way. No one wants them to happen more quickly and more thoroughly than I do. Let them do it.”

The governor added, “Politicians who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are in my opinion reckless and dangerous.”

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul would take over if Cuomo resigned.

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Politicking

Cuomo needs to stand trial for the nursing home deaths. His misogynistic ways is just a cover because if Cuomo faces charges for the nursing homes deaths then PA, MI, NJ governors will face the same trials. Cuomo can bring everyone down.

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400k dead under Trump

Like you said, Trump and Cuomo should stand trial for the deaths caused by their negligence. Oh sorry, not Trump, he’s innocent because…

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Sam Higgins

Wrong. The process was that the governors had to handle their own state. Cuomo and his fellow DemonRats miss managed their response and they’re now facing the concequences. Why did FLA have better nursing home numbers than NY? The answer you dislike is the truth.

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LIBERALS CAUSE ALL THE PROBLEMS

Trump did not personally give people the virus; Cuomo shoved the defenseless into nursing homes. Your TDS is out of control: please get therapy!

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Trump DID personally give people the virus

Remember when he spread it to half the White House? Sad!

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