New York Mayor says Cuomo should resign if allegations proven true
Andrew Cuomo is facing increasing calls to resign as state legislators move forward with plans to impeach the New York governor over sexual assault allegations and the alleged cover-up of Covid deaths in nursing homes.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman joined the growing list of Cuomo’s Democratic colleagues turning on the governor after six women came forward with “consistent and highly detailed” accounts, the latest of which was referred to police.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.
“He can no longer serve as governor”, said New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The latest report, and the fact that we can talk about how many people have been come forward with accusations. It’s not one, it’s not two, it’s not three, it’s not four, it’s not five – it’s six women who have come forward.”
The state’s Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, announced an investigation into the sexual assault allegations, which will be headed by a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer.
Cuomo told aides to track down attractive young women he met at parties and offer them jobs, reports
More from NY Mag’s Intelligencer story today, accusing Cuomo of telling told staffers track down pretty women he met the night earlier and offer them jobs with his administration.
“Not long after she started, she said, Cuomo’s people rented out Dorrian’s for a Super Bowl party. At the end of the night, after the bar opened to the public, Cuomo was sitting in the back room talking to a young woman with a dove tattooed on her hand. At a staff meeting the next morning, Kaitlin said, Cuomo asked his aides to find the woman with the dove tattoo and to consider offering her a job. Kaitlin described the uncanny realization that this was likely how it had gone the morning after she’d met him.
“After every public event, Kaitlin sorted through photographs of Cuomo posing with guests, selecting images to which he would append personal notes. She said he always paid special attention to pictures of himself with pretty women. If he didn’t like how he looked in them, he would yell at Kaitlin. “I got screamed at for a lot of bad photos”.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 18:06
White House still working with Cuomo, no comment on calls for resignation
Asked if the White House still has faith in Andrew Cuomo, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Covid response team will continue to work with the New York governor to implement its pandemic response.
“We have of course watched the news of a number of lawmakers call for that (resignation), but I don’t have any additional announcements,” Psaki says.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 17:54
Cuomo top aide Melissa DeRosa comes under increased scrutiny
New York Magazine just dropped some text messages they claim are from the governor’s secretary, Melissa DeRossa, that purport to show the administration’s “culture of bullying and harassment”.
“You’re both full of shit and a pretty terrible person,” say text messages NY Mag says come from DeRosa to NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi.
This comes after the WSJ reported Ms DeRosa called former Cuomo staffers as an “intimidation tactic” after women began coming former with accusations of sexual harassment.
Ms DeRosa, remember, told lawmakers recently that the state delayed sharing the full extent of the nursing home death toll over concerns about a Justice Department probe.
Assemblyman Ron Kim alleged that led to a call from Cuomo to threaten to ‘destroy’ him over the nursing home death scandal, an allegation that an adviser to the governor has denied.
This is what Kim had to say about that, which kicked off this current period of turmoil for the governor.
“Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said. He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience,” Kim told CNN. Cuomo proceeded to tell the assemblyman that “we’re in this business together and we don’t cross certain lines and he said I hadn’t seen his wrath and that he can destroy me,” Kim added.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 17:45
Biden accuser stands with Cuomo accusers
Tara Reade said she stands with Lindsey Boylan and the five other women who have come forward, while calling on Joe Biden to resign over her allegations that have otherwise gone largely ignored as he became president.
“He should resign and Biden too,” she said with a new #BidenToo hashtag that seems to be getting some attention online.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 17:20
Cuomo aides attempted to discredit accuser, reports
Andrew Cuomo’s current aides called former colleagues to discredit another ex-employee accusing the governor, according to The Wall Street Journal.
His office reportedly called six former staffers to get information about Lindsey Boylan after she first came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.
Some told the Journal that they felt the calls, led by the governor’s secretary Melissa DeRosa, were an intimidation tactic.
Another ex-aide, Ana Liss, claimed that a Cuomo senior adviser, Rich Azzopardi, called to say how much she accomplished during her time working for the governor, with the conversation ending positively after she said she hadn’t connected with Boylan.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing, and The Independent has reached out to his office for a response to these specific allegations.
In a response to the Journal, Azzopardi said the calls weren’t coordinated by DeRosa and that outreach “happened organically when everyone’s phone started to blog up”.
“After Ms Boylan’s tweets in December, she, and her lawyers and members of the press began reaching out to former members of the Chamber, many of whom never worked with her,” he said.
“Those former members of the Chamber called to let various staff people know and convey that they were upset by the outreach. As a result, we proactively reached out to some former colleagues to check in and make sure they had a heads up.”
Boylan disputed that characterization on Twitter, saying she didn’t have a lawyer and that she hadn’t reached out to anyone in December.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 17:01
New York rep Sean Patrick Maloney joins calls for Cuomo to resign
In a statement just posted to Twitter, Maloney said there needs to be a full and fair investigation of the allegations, “but I have made my own judgement”.
“The victims of sexual assault concern me more than politics or other narrow considerations, and I believe governor Cuomo must step aside,” he said.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 16:43
AOC calls on Cuomo to quit as New York governor
In a joint statement, New York representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.
The lawmakers said that the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the New York governor were “consistent and highly detailed”, and that the latest report being so recent is “alarming” raising concerns for the well-being of administration staff.
In addition, the pair cited the allegations that the Cuomo administration hid data relating to Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes from the public and state legislature.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign.”
The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell has the breaking news.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 16:24
Andrew Cuomo news
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of Andrew Cuomo as the New York governor faces calls for resignation an impeachment push amid multiple scandals.
Justin Vallejo12 March 2021 16:24