Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand issued a joint statement on Friday calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior.
Why it matters: The two New York senators joined nearly the entire New York Democratic congressional delegation in calling for the governor to step down.
The big picture: Twelve House Democrats from New York — including the chairs of the powerful Oversight and Judiciary committees — issued statements within hours of each other earlier Friday calling for Cuomo to resign.
- On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and 59 New York state lawmakers called for Cuomo to resign.
What they're saying: “Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership." Schumer and Gillibrand said in the statement.
- "We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct."
- "Due to multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign.”
Cuomo reiterated earlier on Friday that he would not resign, despite the mounting calls.
- "I did not do what has been alleged. Period," Cuomo said, stressing that New Yorkers and politicians calling for his resignation should wait for the results of the independent investigation overseen by the New York attorney general.