North Country lawmakers call on Cuomo to resign

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Two New York legislators from the North Country are calling for the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who reiterated Sunday that he has no plans to step down.

Democratic Assemblyman Billy Jones of the 115th District, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties, said in a statement Sunday:

“I have consistently been on record indicating my grave concern over the allegations against Governor Cuomo and have stated that if this impedes the ability to execute his responsibilities, then he should step aside. With increasing allegations, it is clear he can no longer effectively carry out his duty. The Governor needs to  resign for the good of New York State.”

Cuomo, however, once again said that he will not resign in the wake of sexual harassment accusations from three woman. The governor is also being criticized for his administration’s withholding of the number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.

During his Sunday press briefing, the Governor echoed earlier statements, dismissing the calls as “politics in politics.

“I was elected by the people of the state, I wasn’t elected by politicians,” he said.

Late last month, Republican Sen. Dan Stec of the 45th District, which included Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties, said Cuomo “can’t be trusted to lead:”

“Governor Cuomo should resign.

“The federal investigation into the nursing home scandal, threatening a state lawmaker and now credible claims of sexual harassment by two former female staffers are all very troubling.  They all tie into the governor’s notorious reputation of being a self-serving bully intent on abusing power and discrediting anyone who dares to challenge him.  He can’t be trusted to lead.

“He can’t appoint his own investigator either, as he is trying to do.  That isn’t how justice in America works.  The accused does not get to select who investigates them.  Cuomo should have nothing to do with it.

“For weeks, Democrats in the Senate have been blocking our efforts to end the governor’s emergency powers. They’ve blocked legislative subpoenas to investigate the nursing home death cover-up.  One party rule isn’t working in Albany.  I can’t imagine what more is needed for the leadership to take a stand on behalf of the families of people who died in nursing homes and the victims of sexual harassment.

“Three things need to happen this week: take the governor’s emergency powers away, issue subpoenas to put people under oath who were involved in the nursing home cover-up and an independent investigator should be named.  Or, Cuomo should resign because he can’t lead.”

Last week, the Assembly and Senate approved restricting Cuomo’s pandemic-related emergency powers. The governor has said he plans to sign the measure into law.

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