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Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Maloney, Meng and Others Call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Resign

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office/ Flickr)

March 12, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Queens Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Grace Meng, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez are all calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations.

The congressmembers are among the latest to call on Cuomo to step aside and allow the lieutenant governor to take over. Cuomo faces sexual harassment accusations from six women — including multiple former or current staffers– as well as a nursing home scandal.

Ocasio-Cortez, in a joint statement with Rep. Jamaal Bowman of Yonkers, cited the most recent allegation, where a young female staffer said Cuomo groped her underneath her blouse during a meeting at the Executive Mansion late last year.

“The fact that this latest report was so recent is alarming, and it raises concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration’s staff,” Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman said in a statement Friday. “These allegations have all been consistent and highly-detailed, and there are also credible media reports substantiating their accounts.”

Meng released her own statement Friday morning in which she called the allegations “alarming” and said Cuomo must resign.

“The challenges facing our state and New Yorkers are unprecedented, and I believe he is unable to govern effectively,” she said. “The Governor should resign for the good of our state.”

Maloney said she admired the courage of Cuomo’s accusers and thanked the #Metoo movement for supporting the women who come forward.

“I join with Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, my colleagues and others who have called on Governor Cuomo to resign in the best interest of all New Yorkers,” Maloney said Friday. “We have come a long way, but now is the time to finally ensure that this generation’s courage stops harassment once and for all.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman also noted the nursing home scandal that has plagued the Cuomo administration for months.

An investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that the administration hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths and estimated the death toll was undercounted by as much as 50 percent. The number was revised in January from 8,500 to about 15,000 deaths.

James is now investigating the sexual harassment allegations against the Governor.

Representative Jerrold Nadler — the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and one of the highest-ranking members of Congress — as well as Representatives Kathleen Rice, Mondaire Jones, Yvette Clark, Adriano Espaillat and Nydia Velázquez have also called for Cuomo’s resignation.

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Gardens Watcher

DC-based politicians should butt out. So should the Mayor. This issue is NOT their call. I agree with Biden. Let the investigations proceed!

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Subutai Han

I never did and will never harass any of my subordinates. Probably because I have none.

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Enormous egos need enormous props

remember the massive covid 19 paper mache mountain that cuomo used durimg one of his emmy performances? Or the chris cuomo giant Q Tip? Or the giant 30ft tall facemask work of art he displayed from the masks people sent his office?

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Gardens Watcher

So we should kick him out because he made corney jokes? Made us laugh during the height of the curve last Spring?

Here’s what’s not funny: The new NY variant accounts for over half of new Covid-19 cases in NYC.

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Andrew

Cuomo should try to bury this again and open up business and gatherings in the city some more lol. Also, legalize weed!

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Samuel

They want Cuomo to resign, because if he resigns they dont need to do an investigation which will likely turn up nothing or that he was inappropriate, but nothing illegal. Which would mean they cant justify impeachment. If he resign, they get him out of office and he appears guilty even if he says he’s not. If Cuomo truly is innocent, he would be a fool to resign

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Gardens Watcher

The Attorney General is going to proceed with directing her independent investigation whether Cuomo resigns or not.

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Jack

I don’t like the idea of forcing people to resign over allegations. Convictions fine but allegations? I hate the guy but it just seems like political vigilantism.

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Oisin

There’s a better chance at Donald Trump admitting he lost the election than Cuomo resigning!

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#stopthesteal

Lost? He tweeted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” Do you think he’d really say that if it wasn’t true?

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Emma

So is the solution to get him to resign and let a much bigger criminal off the hook? Sometimes you are faced with two choices that have bad outcomes. Also to add, he apologized for his behavior. When did Trump apologize for anything he did? Who do you want put away more given the choice? Because you probably can’t have both.

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Mateo

I’m half Italian and the honest truth is Italians are generally much more forward than WASPs. I have been to a ton of Italian weddings where I get hugs and two cheek kisses from people I don’t know and they just do it. They slap your back and give you nicknames you never had before. This kind of stuff just doesn’t happen at a WASP wedding and I can see how, especially today it doesn’t play like it did 30 years ago. But at the end of the day though this is a ploy to get the GOP in power so they can call off the Trump investigation.

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Nia

AOC is earning some points with me and I never thought I’d see the day. She raised a bunch of money for Texas people, and now this. She fights for what is right!

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Patrick

All this is propaganda from the far right. This tact worked when they forced Al Franken to resign. It’s garbage. This guy is NOT a predator. He’s not Trump for goodness sake.

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Theo

Cuomo should resign!! He is embarrassing our party, our nation, our gender, and our species.

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Kayla

I distinctly remember my younger co workers warning those cheering for Cuomo during the early days of the pandemic. But damn.

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Lou

AOC calling for Governor Cuomo to resign over these claims gets more coverage than the actual story that broke this news. Go figure! hahaha

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Kate

When is Cuomo up for reelection? I don’t see AOC going up against Schumer next year, but I could totally see her leaping to the governorship.

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Bench warmer

Remember when her “ life was in danger” when in fact she was in a totally separate building during the riots at the Capital?? Why should we have a liar as governor? AOC is just an opportunist like Schumer
What kind of democracy these egocentric hypocrites preach without a full investigation

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Joanne

Is anyone surprised that AOC would jump on this bandwagon? A chance to attack a moderate Democrat when they are down. A chance to help a progressive candidate “like” Cynthia Nixon in the next gov race. Given the sub we are in I expect to be downvoted for this but it is still objective.

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Luna

The main thing I really appreciate about AOC is that she’s not partisan. She’s willing to go after Democrats just as hard as she is Republicans if it means doing the right thing!!! 💕

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Tee

AOC has a point. We can’t tolerate that in the dem party either. We’re not the GOP. I officially want Cuomo to leave office and I think he should be arrested. He should be forced to give all the money he made from the book to charities catering to POC.

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Rosita

I agree. As a Democrat I don’t want someone who would do what he’s accused of in office or representing my party. He should resign, prosecuted and be sentenced to volunteer in a Nursing home for a couple of months.

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Marie

He is innocent till proven guilty. He did apologize, and said he is sorry, if he said anything hurtful, since he jokes around at work…something along those lines. I guess we’ll have to see what happened. Enjoy the nice weather everyone.

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Debbie

Let’s be clear, if many of these accusations are true, he is guilty of inappropriate behavior , not anything criminal. Trump on the other hand has committed both inappropriate and criminal behavior, ie tax fraud, insurrection etc…. (though also not convicted of anything yet). I do think AOC and others are trying to use this to their advantage politically.

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JM

You mean Emmy award winner Cuomo? How could this be? Hollywood’s hero? the tragedy….hope he is out of office soon, perhaps he should go into acting he did a great acting job during COVID-19 while seniors in old folks homes died and he hid the numbers, great actor! The selling of his book was more important to him than keeping us safe.

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Nom de plum

Shame on all of our legislators for jumping to conclusions and trying our Governor in the paper and on tv before any FACTS are in!!!! He’s accomplished more in his 3 terms than any of them put together!

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Caroline

I’m a NYS employee, and the mandated sexual harassment training CLEARLY states that everything he actually admitted to is wrong and actionable. He should be following his own rules.

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Don’t Resign

Republicans support Republicans no matter what. Party first above all things. All! This is why they retain power. Take note Democrats.

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