Two more Democrats on Wednesday morning became the latest state lawmakers to call for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
State Sen. James Skoufis and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, in statements, pointed to the allegations of sexual harassment by former aides Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, as well as the interaction between the governor and Anna Ruch at a 2019 wedding.
"As subordinates to the Governor, the sexual harassment described by Lindsey and Charlotte is harrowing," Skoufis said. "The photo of Anna's face, bearing unmistakable terror, is haunting."
"For these reasons, I cannot in good conscience wait for a months-long inquiry by the Attorney General to run its course. I have seen sufficient evidence to conclude that, beyond a reasonable doubt, the Governor's behavior represents a pattern of abuse that deems him unfit for office. Governor Cuomo must resign."
Said Abinanti: "He must spare New York the continued shame of having a governor whose actions evidence his clear disrespect for women. He no longer commands the respect necessary to lead New York."
Both Skoufis and Abinanti have been critics of the governor in the past.
Multiple Democrats in the legislature, as well as members of the New York City Council, Rep. Kathleen Rice, and progressive organizations like the Working Families Party, have called for the governor's resignation.
But there are other lawmakers who are waiting for the outcome of an investigation of the allegations, which is now under Attorney General Letitia James's office.