Sexual harassment | More and more alone, Andrew Cuomo is still deaf to calls for resignation

(New York) Dropped on all sides after an investigation into which he is suspected of sexual harassment and threats on multiple legal fronts, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo appears increasingly isolated but continues to oppose appeals his resignation.

Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 1:46 pm

Andréa BAMBINO Agence France-Presse

New York State Attorney Letitia James has opened its investigation with the release of a damning 165-page report listing the cases of eleven women who claim they have been subjected to inappropriate gestures or remarks by the 63-year-old New York Governor completed, which is not intended to lead to charges against Andrew Cuomo.

But the governor is far from finished with the legal plan. On Wednesday, two prosecutors for the Westchester and Manhattan districts of New York state announced that they intended to receive all useful elements of this report to conduct their own investigations into crimes that would come under their jurisdiction.

On Tuesday, the district attorney for Albany County, capital of New York state, made a similar announcement, citing “an ongoing criminal investigation” in his service.

Politically, Andrew Cuomo, who heads the most populous state in the country (approx. 20 million people), seems increasingly lonely, as the joint call for resignation from four governors from neighboring states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) shows. , all from his democratic camp.

They add to a long list, from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom there was already hostile relations, to President Joe Biden, who was long considered his friend.

“I absolutely believe that in the interests of New York State and our people, he must resign. If he doesn’t, the barrage of calls that is currently universal, from both Democrats and Republicans, will prevail. If he wants to wait for impeachment, he can, but in our state it can happen soon, ”Bill de Blasio pounded on CBS on Wednesday.

“Who will fight for him? ”

Andrew Cuomo defended himself on Tuesday from any indecent act, assault or sexual harassment. He had already rejected the first calls for resignation in March and declared that he was only accountable to the residents, not to the politicians.

“He (Cuomo) wants to hold on because all that matters to Andrew Cuomo is being governor of New York,” said Lincoln Mitchell, professor of political science at Columbia University. This office, which his father Mario Cuomo held from 1983 to 1994, has been held by Andrew Cuomo since 2011, he was re-elected in 2014 and 2018 and is expected to stand for re-election until today.

As head of state, Bill Clinton’s former Housing Secretary, who was married to one of Bob Kennedy’s daughters, passed several progressive laws, such as gay marriage in 2011 or the minimum wage of $ 15 an hour.

Especially at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, in the spring of 2020, when New York was badly hit by COVID-19, Andrew Cuomo achieved national star status. With his daily, rational and reassuring press briefings, the experienced politician, who was considered to be rather tough and authoritarian, had changed his status.

However, its bottom line has already been tarnished by an underestimation of the death toll from COVID-19 in nursing homes.

“If the President of the United States, who is the leader of the party, says he must not stay, it will be very difficult,” adds Lincoln Mitchell, who asks, “Who will fight for him?” According to the political scientist, Joe Biden may have delivered the coup de grace and freed all who feared Mr Cuomo and dared not turn against him.

“Not many people liked that, and now they feel supported,” he explains.

In addition to judicial investigations, the governor is also threatened with proceedings in the state parliament that could lead to his dismissal.

“As soon as we have received all relevant documents and evidence from the prosecutor, we will act diligently and try to complete our impeachment proceedings as soon as possible,” assured the head of the House of Commons, Democrat Carl Heastie, and assured Andrew Cuomo. cannot stay at his post ”.

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