The Democratic majority leader of the New York State Senate called on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after a fourth woman came forward with allegations of impropriety and reports of bullying within his office, USA Today reports.
The governor’s office is also facing investigations into how it accounted for coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes, further damaging Cuomo’s administration.
“We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said hours after Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters that there’s “no way [he resigns].”
Other state Democratic leaders also called for Cuomo’s resignation, including Manhattan state senator Liz Krueger: “Our state is rightly crying out for truthful, transparent government. The people’s business is too pressing to continue to be derailed in this way.”
A total of four woman have said that Cuomo had inappropriate or sexual conversations with them while they worked in the governor’s office. Another, who was not a Cuomo employee, said he made an advance at her.