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Publish Date: 10:34 - 13 March 2021
Saturday, 13 March 2021_Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have joined others to call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to esign amid growing sexual harassment allegations against him, but he is growing more and more defiant.

Schumer, Gillibrand urge Cuomo to resign against calls to resignThe two senators, who were under pressure themselves to call on Cuomo to resign after other state officials and House lawmakers had done so, said in a joint statement on Friday that 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.”

Although no spokesperson for Cuomo immediately responded to the blow, the governor does not seem to be giving up. Earlier in the day, in a conference call with reporters, Cuomo cast himself as the victim of “cancel culture” and as the target of other politicians who “take positions for all sorts of reasons, including political expediency.”

“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.”

Those remarks came after nine members of New York’s congressional delegation — including high profile names such as House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — called for his resignation. New York Democratic Reps. Mondaire Jones, Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velázquez and Grace Meng have also called for Cuomo's resignation.

“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 US 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.

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