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Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman: Cuomo can no longer effectively lead

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Ocasio-Cortez, Levin introduce revised bill to provide nationwide electric vehicle charging network MORE (D-N.Y.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) in a statement released Friday said New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoBroadway to fully reopen in September Mets, Yankees to open vaccination sites to fans before games Cuomo signs legislation restoring voting rights to felons upon release from prison MORE (D) can “no longer effectively lead” given the controversies surrounding him, essentially urging him to resign.

The two lawmakers did not actually urge Cuomo to resign, but the language in their statement suggested there was no real alternative for the New York governor. The two lawmakers said they believed the accounts from several women who have made allegations of improper conduct against Cuomo. 

“As members of the New York delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, we believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges,” the lawmakers wrote in a joint statement.

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The statement was released as a number of other Democratic lawmakers, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerA historic moment to truly honor mothers Britney Spears to discuss conservatorship in court Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE (N.Y.) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (N.Y.), called on Cuomo to resign.

"Over the past several months, it has become clear that Governor Cuomo is unfit to continue leading our state,” Jones said. “For the good of our state and everyone who calls it home, I urge Governor Cuomo to resign.” 

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The most recent allegation was published by The Times Union of Albany on Wednesday, in which an unnamed aide accused the governor of groping her at the Executive Mansion while she was helping him with a cellphone issue. That allegation has been referred to the police in Albany. 

On Thursday, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) launched an impeachment investigation into the allegations against Cuomo, a move that was seen by some as an effort to buy time for the governor. 

Fifty-five state lawmakers also called for Cuomo to resign. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is investigating the allegations against Cuomo, as well as his administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.