Impeach Andrew Cuomo Billboards Appear in New York Amid COVID, Sexual Harassment Scandals

Billboards calling for the impeachment of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have appeared along Albany's Interstate 787 in recent days, with the Democrat facing calls to resign amid ongoing scandals.

The billboards feature a photo of Cuomo and the word "IMPEACH" in large red letters. They also note that they were paid for by Brian Oleson. He owns an Albany gun shop, American Shooter Supply.

Cuomo has faced widespread criticism after revelations that New York had underreported COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes. Separately, a former aide has accused him of sexual harassment.

Local media reported that Oleson explained his reasons for putting up the billboards in a Facebook post.

"Cuomo failed to correct a policy that guaranteed horrific results," the shopowner wrote.

Newsweek couldn't find Oleson's original post at the time of writing but a local Facebook page based in the state's Columbia County suggested Oleson's account had been suspended from the social media site.

The three-term governor has found himself embroiled in scandal related both to the pandemic and his personal behavior. A recent Marist College poll found that 61 percent of New Yorkers believe he'd mishandled the issue of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

787 billboard calls for Gov. Cuomo's impeachment

— WNYT NewsChannel 13 (@WNYT) February 25, 2021

Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for Economic Development and Housing for the state of New York and Cuomo's special adviser, accused him of "sexual harassment and bullying" on Wednesday.

New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat, supported Boylan and offered harsh criticism of the governor on Twitter.

"Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers," Kim wrote. "His pattern of abuse and harassment toward his aides, journalists, lawmakers, and critiques is despicable. As a lawmaker, I have the duty to hold him accountable. I will not stand down. I will stand with Lindsey Boylan."

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing the 21st district, has called for Cuomo to resign following Boylan's allegations, while members of the New York State Democratic Committee have introduced a formal resolution to censure Cuomo for his handling of nursing home deaths.

"The Cuomo administration repeatedly stymied and refused to comply with requests for information regarding COVID-19 in nursing homes from the New York State Senate and Assembly," the censure resolution reads.

These moves stop short of impeachment, however and Cuomo still enjoys a high approval rating. A Morning Consult poll taken from February 12 to 21 shows him with 57 percent support. The survey was taken after the publication of a New York Post story revealing the underreporting of nursing home deaths.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of New York state's Electoral College before voting for President and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, New York on December 14, 2020. Billboards calling for Cuomo's impeachment have appeared in Albany. HANS PENNINK/POOL/AFP/Getty Images