The huge political crisis that Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing over the allegations of sexual harassment against him is getting worse as the days go by, after a third woman appears who accuses him of having touched her improperly and asked her for a kiss during a wedding in 2019, which prompted this Wednesday The voices that demand that I resign will increase or that a political trial be initiated in the State Legislature.
A group of six legislators, of those classified as socialists, presented a joint letter on Wednesday to support the initiation of a ‘Impeachment’ en Albany against the state agent.
“The stories of sexual harassment of women who have bravely come forward confirm what many in Albany have known for years: that Governor Cuomo he uses his power to belittle, intimidate and harass his employees and colleagues, and those accounts add to recent revelations of serious misconduct, ”said the group made up of the senators Julia Salazar Y Jabari Brisport, and the assembly members Emily Gallagher, Phara Souffrant Forrest, Zohran Mamdani Y Marcela Mitaynes.
And the legislators asked for forceful action: “It’s time for the Legislature to demand accountability. Impeachment proceedings are the appropriate avenue we have to hold the Governor accountable for his many abuses of power and remove him from office.
The third accuser was identified as Anna Ruch, 33, who unlike the previous two is not a state employee. The woman told The New York Times that Cuomo, whom she had not previously met, allegedly touched her on the small of her back that was uncovered in her dress, during a wedding in September 2019.
Ruch recounted that when she took his hand away with hers, the Governor called her “aggressive” and put his hands on her cheeks, to ask her later if he could kiss her, which she specified was loud enough for a friend who was close to her to hear.
This is the third accusation of sexual harassment against Cuomo that comes out in less than a week. The second arose last Saturday when Charlotte Bennett, 25, who was an executive assistant and health policy advisor until last November, denounced that the Governor asked her several personal questions, such as if she was monogamous and if she had ever had relationships. with older men, and also told him that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s. He is 63 years old.
Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, 36 and a former state official of Economic Development who had already denounced Cuomo last December for allegedly harassing her on several occasions between 2016 and 2018, reported in a publication that he had even given her an unsolicited kiss on the lips when they were alone in his office during a meeting at the 2018. She also said that the Governor invited her to play ‘strip poker’ while traveling on his state plane.
Just hours before the third accusation was known, the Attorney General of New York Letitia James had announced that the Government authorized her to begin an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment.
Increase in requests for him to resign
One of the first requests for the Governor to resign came from his own party partner, the New York Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who wrote on his Twitter account: “The time has come. The Governor must resign ”.
But now the list of those calling for him to step down is growing, including not just politicians from his party, but various organizations and activists in New York City, such as the ‘NY Working Families Party’ that in a statement issued this Wednesday by its director Sochie Nnaemeka he asked: “We call on Governor Cuomo to resign immediately because he is unfit to serve the people of New York.”
The text adds that they were horrified “to learn of the Governor’s pattern of sexual harassment. We are equally disturbed by his response: he did not deny any of the specific accusations of Charlotte Bennett, he did not take any personal responsibility for his actions and instead blamed his victims. “
Meanwhile, the organization ‘New York Communities For Change’ it also stated in another statement that “we believe Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, and Anna Ruch.”
“The third of these accusations of sexual harassment against Andrew Cuomo it follows several weeks in which he intentionally covered up the death toll in New York nursing homes, while granting corporate immunity to executive nursing home donors. There must be justice. Andrew Cuomo must resign ”.
And it is that these accusations of sexual harassment come a few weeks after the Cuomo Administration admitted to having withheld critical information, including the figures of thousands of deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes, to the public and the federal government. That act, by itself, of the Governor was cataloged by state legislators as sufficient to justify the initiation of an impeachment.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.