Schumer, Gillibrand call on Cuomo to resign

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAustin tight lipped on whether to take sexual assault cases out of commanders' hands Gillibrand touts legislation to lower drug costs: This idea 'is deeply bipartisan' A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces MORE (D-N.Y.) late Friday called on New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast 'Hamilton,' 'Wicked' among Broadway shows reopening Sept. 14 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (D) to resign amid growing sexual harassment allegations against him.

In a joint statement, the two senators, who had come under pressure themselves to call on Cuomo to resign after other state officials and House lawmakers from New York had done so, said it would be difficult for him to continue to govern given the controversies.

“Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership," the two senators said.


"We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct," they continued. "Due to the 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.”

A spokesperson for Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The statement from New York’s two senators marks another blow to Cuomo, who faced a new wave of calls for his resignation Friday as the dam appeared to break with members of the Empire State’s congressional delegation.

Included among the New York Democrats who said earlier Friday that Cuomo should leave were a slew of high-profile lawmakers, including Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcGahn to sit for closed-door interview with House Democrats, ending long legal battle House to consider anti-Asian hate crimes bill, protections for pregnant workers this month A historic moment to truly honor mothers MORE, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez hits Biden for taking 'the side of occupation' in Mideast violence Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE and Jamaal Bowman.

“The repeated accusations against the governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point,” Nadler said.


“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," Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman added in a joint statement. 

New York Democratic Reps. Mondaire Jones, Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyGOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' GOP's Gosar defends Jan. 6 rioter, says she was 'executed' HuffPost reporter: DCCC will help Dems fend off progressive challengers to 'keep them happy' MORE, Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech House lawmakers roll out bill to invest 0 million in state and local cybersecurity Feds eye more oversight of pipelines after Colonial attack MORE, Nydia Velázquez and Grace MengGrace MengSenate locks in hate crimes deal, setting up Thursday passage Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing Senate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week MORE have also called for Cuomo's resignation.

The growing chorus pushing for Cuomo’s departure comes as the governor faces mounting allegations of harassment from former aides and others as well as scrutiny over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Cuomo's administration has come under bipartisan fire after it was revealed it intentionally undercounted the number of people in New York nursing homes who died from COVID-19 out of fear that the Trump administration would launch an investigation.

The firestorm surrounding the allegations against Cuomo grew Thursday when it was revealed that the Albany Police Department received a referral for one of the harassment claims against the governor, and again late Friday morning when Jessica Bakeman, a former New York statehouse reporter, became the seventh woman to say that the governor had harassed her.


Cuomo has faced allegations of groping and unwanted kissing, and women who have come out against him have also said he asked personal questions about their sex lives and made other inappropriate comments in the workplace.

In addition to the growing opposition from members of the New York congressional delegation, Cuomo is also facing an independent investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James (D) into the harassment allegations. And New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) said Thursday that the Assembly Judiciary Committee would open its own inquiry that could lead to Cuomo’s impeachment.

Cuomo remained defiant earlier Friday, saying he would not leave office and succumb to “cancel culture.”

“Politicians who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are in my opinion reckless and dangerous. The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes an opinion without knowing the facts and substance,” Cuomo said. “People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth. Let the review proceed, I’m not going to resign, I was not elected by the politicians, I was elected by the people.”

Updated: 6:25 p.m.