BY THE VILLAGE SUN | State Senator Brad Hoylman reiterated his previous for Governor Cuomo to resign — or be booted from office — following the release of a state attorney general’s report into allegations of Cuomo’s sexual misconduct.
An investigation by Attorney General Letitia James’s office determined that the governor sexual harassed numerous women, plus retaliated against some of them for speaking out about their experiences.
“New Yorkers should be extremely grateful to the 11 courageous survivors who came forward to share their traumatic stories during the attorney general’s investigation,” Hoylman said. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for bringing these facts to light, although it’s clear that we as a state government have failed to protect them from workplace harassment. The state Legislature must redouble our efforts to correct this ongoing and severe problem.
“I sincerely thank Attorney General Tish James for her thorough, professional and unbiased report. The attorney general’s integrity throughout this process cannot be questioned.
“I’ve listened to Governor Cuomo’s pre-produced response that seemed to mock these serious and disturbing charges and shamefully called into question the truthfulness of the survivors. I reiterate my earlier call that Governor Cuomo resign. If not, I trust the state Assembly will take the appropriate steps to begin his removal from office.”
Hoylman chairs the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
Despite the accusations by nearly a dozen women and now the A.G.’s report, Cuomo continues to maintain his innocence.
In a video call with reporters Tuesday, he said, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. That is just not who I am.”
Cuomo added, “I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and a jury, because this just did not happen.”