Recent weeks have seen a relentless avalanche of reports of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of women, and his administration’s cover-up for political reasons of large numbers of Covid-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes. In response, many of New York’s leading Democrats in national and state government have called for the governor’s immediate resignation. They argue that the seriousness of the charges, and their number, pervasiveness and credibility make it impossible for him to govern.
Among many others, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand jointly concluded that resignation was required because the governor had “lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York.” One example of a potentially crucial practical impact of this loss of confidence: with the April 1 state budget deadline in the offing, Senate Finance Committee chair Liz Kreuger told the New York Times that she “would no longer speak to Mr. Cuomo or two of his top aides, Melissa DeRosa and Linda Lacewell, because of their involvement in obscuring the death toll in nursing homes.”