New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also called for Gov. Cuomo to step down following allegation that he ‘groped’ his aide.
A coalition of 59 Democratic state senators, along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, called for Cuomo’s resignation on Thursday after a new claim that he had been groping at the Executive Mansion last year.
Cuomo “can no longer serve as governor” following the latest bombshell accusation that he reached under the blouse of a female aide and groped her while they were alone in the Executive Mansion, Blasio said on Thursday.
“It’s deeply troubling. The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his—someone who he had power over—called them to a private place and then sexually assaulted her, is absolutely unacceptable. It is disgusting to me,” the mayor said during his daily CCP Virus press briefing.
“He can no longer serve as governor anymore. It’s as simple as that,” de Blasio added. Cuomo on Wednesday said that the report of the alleged groping incident in the Times Union was not true.
“I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo said. But de Blasio said the number of women accusing Cuomo of misconduct and harassment is piling up.
“It’s not one, it’s not two, it’s not three, it’s not four, it’s not five. It’s six women coming forward,” said de Blasio.
To a good degree, the mayor discussed the similarly alarming nursing home controversy engulfing Cuomo. Federal prosecutors are looking at whether Cuomo and his staff intentionally downplayed reports of nursing home patients killed by the CCP Virus.
“So many people died in nursing homes. We don’t have the truth about that,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio—who has feuded with Cuomo for years—also mentioned reports of a cover-up of safety woes during the construction of the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge, named after Andrew Cuomo’s dad, the late former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo.
De Blasio’s comments that Cuomo is tainted beyond repair came after more than 55 Democratic state legislators called for the governor to resign.
Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued a statement saying he would hold a private meeting with fellow Democrats later in the day “on potential paths forward” regarding Cuomo’s future.