Rural Democrats call on Cuomo to resign immediately

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2021 at 10:14 am

The officers and board members of the Democratic Rural Conference met on Wednesday and are calling on Andrew Cuomo to resign as governor.

“Regrettably, in light of the release of the results of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation, which found credible and corroborated evidence that the Governor had engaged in pattern of sexual harassment, we the Officers and Board of Directors of the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State, call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign immediately,” according to a statement from Judith Hunter of Livingston County, who is chairwoman of the Democratic Rural Conference of NY State.

An investigation into allegations of sexual harassment from the governor concluded he harassed 11 women, and broke and state and federal laws for his actions. Attorney General Letitia James said Cuomo created a “hostile work environment.”

Cuomo has denied the allegations and said the report was full of “bias.” He hasn’t resigned and said he wants to make the state’s recovery from Covid his priority.

The State Assembly, however, is preparing for an impeachment trial.

“It is abundantly clear to me that the Governor has lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority and that he can no longer remain in office,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a statement on Wednesday. “Once we receive all relevant documents and evidence from the Attorney General, we will move expeditiously and look to conclude our impeachment investigation as quickly as possible.”