Andrew Cuomo Told to Resign by Dozens of New York Elected Officials

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has been urged to resign by dozens of elected officials across the state as he faces allegations of sexual harassment.

Five women have made accusations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against Cuomo.

Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately. However, he said in a previous statement his "interactions may have been insensitive or too personal."

In a press conference last week he acknowledged acting in a way "that made people feel uncomfortable," adding: "It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it."

The accusations against Cuomo come with him also facing criticism for the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, with questions raised over nursing home deaths.

Following the allegations against Cuomo, more than 50 elected officials from the state's legislature have called for him to leave his post or face impeachment.

The New York Senate's Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, became another high-profile figure to do so on Sunday.

In a statement, Stewart-Cousins said: "Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government.

"New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign."

There have also been similar calls from four members of Congress representing areas of New York.

One of those among them is Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) who has also hinted at a run for governor herself down the line. The next gubernatorial election in the state is in 2022. In a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, a majority of those asked said they did not think Cuomo should resign but similarly most said he should not run for reelection.

Cuomo has insisted he will not walk, despite these mounting calls for him to do so.

In a press conference on Sunday, he said: "There is no way I resign."

He said that "the premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic."

Cuomo added that the state attorney general's investigation into allegations should be completed and then "we go from there."

The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reports that Cuomo told Stewart-Cousins in a phone call on Sunday that members of the state legislature would have to impeach him if they wanted to oust him from office.

Cuomo could be impeached, though there is no recent precedent for such action. Only one governor has been impeached in the state's history, William Sulzer in 1913.

Newsweek has contacted Cuomo's office for comment.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on February 22, 2021. He is facing a growing number of calls to resign follow sexual harassment accusations against him. Seth Wenig/Pool/AFP via Getty Images