Strain is mounting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down amid allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is dealing with elevated strain to step down, after he was accused by a number of ladies of sexual harassment and different inappropriate behaviour.

In an announcement shared by native media on Sunday, New York State Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated accounts of alleged wrongdoing towards Cuomo are “drawing away from the enterprise of presidency”.

“New York continues to be within the midst of this pandemic and continues to be dealing with the societal, well being and financial impacts of it. We have to govern with out each day distraction. For the great of the state, Governor Cuomo should resign,” she stated.

A number of ladies have come forward in current weeks to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and misconduct, together with inappropriate feedback of a sexual nature, in addition to undesirable sexual advances.

Cuomo, who drew nationwide consideration for his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, has additionally been criticised after US media retailers reported that his prime aides obscured the true variety of individuals killed by the coronavirus within the state’s nursing houses.

“We now have allegations about sexual harassment, a poisonous work setting, the lack of credibility surrounding the COVID-19 nursing residence information and questions in regards to the development of a serious infrastructure challenge,” Stewart-Cousins stated in her assertion.

Cuomo has additionally confronted criticism after US media reported his aides obscured the true variety of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing houses in New York state [File: Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo]

State Meeting Speaker Carl E Heastie additionally spoke out on Sunday in regards to the allegations, which he described as “deeply disturbing” and having “no place by any means in authorities, the office or wherever else”.

“I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Chief Stewart-Cousins relating to the Governor’s skill to proceed to steer this state. We now have many challenges to deal with, and I believe it’s time for the Governor to noticeably take into account whether or not he can successfully meet the wants of the individuals of New York,” Heastie stated in an announcement, as reported by native media.

Whereas Cuomo at first denied any wrongdoing, he stated on February 28 that he “by no means supposed to offend anybody or trigger any hurt”.

“I now perceive that my interactions could have been insensitive or too private and that a few of my feedback, given my place, made others really feel in methods I by no means supposed,” he stated in an announcement at the moment.

New York continues to be within the midst of this pandemic… We have to govern with out each day distraction. For the great of the state, Governor Cuomo should resign

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Majority Chief

Final week, he apologised and stated he would cooperate with an investigation into his conduct, however wouldn’t resign.

He reiterated that place on Sunday, telling reporters throughout a convention name that it might be “anti-democratic” for him to step down.

“They don’t override the individuals’s will, they don’t get to override elections,” stated Cuomo, when requested about members of his personal celebration calling for his resignation. “I used to be elected by the individuals of New York state. I wasn’t elected by politicians.”