New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has never been on particularly good terms with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), despite a shared political party and similar left-leaning ideologies.
Perhaps it comes as little surprise then that the mayor has now put an end to any speculation of where he stands and joined the growing chorus of New York lawmakers who are calling upon their embattled governor to resign from office in shame, as Politico reported.
Gov. Cuomo had already been facing intense and increasingly bipartisan scrutiny over his fatal mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and now, he’s also fending off multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
The most recent allegation was first reported on Thursday by the Albany Times-Union and involves an unnamed aide to the governor who claims she was touched inappropriately by Cuomo while meeting privately with him at the governor’s mansion.
That accusation, which Cuomo has fervently denied, appears to have been too much for de Blasio to accept.
Cuomo can “no longer serve”
According to Politico, while speaking with reporters outside City Hall in New York City, the mayor said: “The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his, someone who he had power over, called her to a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable. It is disgusting to me.
“He can no longer serve as governor,” de Blasio added of Cuomo. “It’s as simple as that.”
For his part, Cuomo said in response to the latest allegations that he has “never done anything like this.”
“The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report,” the governor said Thursday, as Politico reported.
Democrats turning on him
Meanwhile, as New York Attorney General Letitia James is in the midst of an independent investigation into the sexual misconduct claims Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio has joined an increasingly extensive list of New York lawmakers who are ready to see the governor’s exit as soon as possible.
According to Axios, at least 59 state lawmakers have called upon Cuomo to immediately resign, including at least 55 Democratic members of the New York State Assembly, who said in a joint statement that Cuomo has “lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”
Thus far, Cuomo has adamantly refused to even consider the possibility of resigning — but with so many of his fellow Democrats aligning against him, the governor’s continued grip on power in New York is looking ever more tenuous.