The National Organization for Women (NOW) on Tuesday joined the growing number of voices calling for New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D) to step down after the state's attorney general found that he had sexually harassed multiple women and violated state and federal laws.
"The findings are clear — Andrew Cuomo is unfit to lead," NOW said in a statement, referring to the investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James's (D) office.
"NOW salutes the brave women who told their truth to investigators. There must be consequences. NOW supports ongoing civil action against Andrew Cuomo or any criminal referrals that may emerge from this report. Andrew Cuomo has forfeited any right to call himself a leader — he needs to leave, now," the group said.
So far, Cuomo's resignation has been called for by, among others, the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation and New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioGoogle to purchase Manhattan building for .1 billion New York to start weekly COVID-19 testing in schools Three arrested for allegedly assaulting NYC hostess who asked for COVID-19 vaccine proof MORE (D). New York GOP Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWyoming county GOP rejects effort to rescind Cheney's party status Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE has called for Cuomo to be arrested.
Democratic New York Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE, the majority leader, and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE both renewed their calls for Cuomo to resign on Tuesday.
“No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the governor should resign,” they said in a joint statement.
In a video address following the announcement of the investigation's findings, Cuomo refused to resign and disputed the report's findings.
“The facts are much different than what has been portrayed,” he said in the 15-minute address. “First, I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.”