WNY lawmakers call on Gov. Cuomo to resign

Cuomo Under Fire

(WIVB)– Local leaders are weighing in on Governor Cuomo’s leadership after New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called on the governor to resign Sunday afternoon.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl E. Hestie also released a statement sharing the sentiments of Leader Stewart-Cousins and called on the governor to ask himself if he can effectively govern.

Both Stewart-Cousins and Heastie are Democrats.

Assemblyman Pat Burke of Buffalo has published a tweet calling on the governor to resign.

“After these latest allegations against Governor Cuomo, an unacceptable pattern of behavior has been made clear. Governor Cuomo can no longer be entrusted to lead our state and he must resign.”

ASSEMBLYMAN PAT BURKE/ (D) BUFFALO

ASSEMBLYMAN PAT BURKE/ (D) BUFFALO

State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt released a statement to News 4 saying “It’s well past time for Governor Cuomo to resign.”

“These brave women should be commended for their courage. The threats, lies and harassment. It’s well past time for Governor Cuomo to resign. Anyone not joining the call approves of this abhorrent behavior.”

STATE SENATOR ROB ORTT/ (R) NORTH TONAWANDA & MINORITY LEADER
STATE SENATOR ROB ORTT/ (R) NORTH TONAWANDA & MINORITY LEADER

Republican State Assemblyman David DiPietro also tweeted calling on the governor to resign.

“@NYGovCuomo must resign now or the NYS Assembly must initiate impeachment proceedings this week.”

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R)

During a news conference Sunday, Governor Cuomo says he’s not resigning and he’s going to let the attorney general complete the investigation.

“Because that’s democracy so no, there’s no way I resign,” he said. “Let’s do the attorney general investigation, let’s get the findings and we’ll go from there, but I’m not going to be distracted by this either. We have to get a budget done in three weeks. We have a lot of work to do. A lot of work to do for the state.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello says multitasking is one of the requirements for any government leader, but between the investigation on how Governor Cuomo handled nursing home deaths to now these sexual harassment allegations, it’s too much.

“With the serious allegations affecting him personally it’s almost impossible to stay focused.”

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R)

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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