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It’s high time!
A banner on a plane flying near the state Capitol in Albany on Wednesday said embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Got to Go!”
The banner was bankrolled by three women’s rights advocacy groups — Women’s March, UltraViolet, and Girls for Gender Equity.
The sky turned unfriendly for the governor when the “New Yorkers Say Cuomo’s Got to Go!” banner flew by the Capitol building in downtown Albany after 11 a.m.
The female activists said Cuomo must step down after seven women accused him of sexual harassment.
The governor has denied wrongdoing and has refused to resign, arguing he’s entitled to due process and that New Yorkers should await the results of an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James regarding the accusations by former staffers before making a judgment. He even claimed he’s a victim of “cancel culture.”
The activists disagree.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proven himself to be a serial predator who abuses his power, his office and the women who work for him,” said Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director at Women’s March.
“And still, he refuses to resign — putting his own ego above the safety of his staff and the stability of the state at a time when too many New Yorkers are suffering. It’s long past time for Cuomo to stand down. If he won’t, it’s time for Democrats in New York and around the country to stand up for women and demand his impeachment.”
Said UltraViolet executive director Shauna Thomas, “Following the first allegation of sexual misconduct against Andrew Cuomo, we called on him to immediately resign from the governorship. Since then, six more women have come forward to share harrowing experiences of what working for Cuomo was like.
“Sexual harassment should not be tolerated in any workplace, let alone by the Administration of the Governor of New York. These women are putting everything on the line in the hopes that their abuser will be held accountable. We believe them. Cuomo must resign today.”
Joanne Smith, CEO of the Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity, said, “The time for men in power abusing, harassing and grooming women — and all people subordinate to them — is over. New Yorkers will not tolerate gender and sexual violence; it’s time for Andrew Cuomo to resign!”
“To the people who have survived sexual and emotional abuse from New York’s governor, know that we see you and we believe you.”
The activists noted that US Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and nearly the entire New York congressional delegation have called on Cuomo to resign, as have state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers) and many other state lawmakers.
Meanwhile, the Democrat-led state Assembly has hired a law firm to help lead its judiciary committee’s impeachment investigation of Cuomo.
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