Rep. Kathleen Rice has change into the primary Democratic member of Congress to name on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a 3rd girl got here ahead with accusations of inappropriate conduct.
“The time has come. The Governor should resign,” Rice, who represents components of Lengthy Island, wrote on Twitter in response to a brand new accusation that he made undesirable advances towards a lady at a 2019 wedding ceremony.
Different state Democratic lawmakers — together with state Sens. Gustavo Rivera, Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas — additionally joined in on their requires Cuomo to step down after Anna Ruch, 33, informed the New York Occasions that the governor made the advances towards her and kissed her on the cheek at a New York Metropolis wedding ceremony reception.
Whereas not expliciting calling for Cuomo’s resignation, state Sen. John Liu responded on Twitter: “An individual who treats ladies this fashion isn’t match to control.”
And Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Tarrytown) stated: “Stick a fork in him — he’s achieved. Three strikes and you might be out.”
Inside moments of being launched on the crowded affair, Ruch claims the governor put his hand on the small of her decrease again, which was uncovered in an open-back costume.
“I promptly eliminated his hand with my hand, which I might have thought was a transparent sufficient indicator that I used to be not wanting him to the touch me,” she informed the Occasions.
However Cuomo didn’t let up, in accordance with Ruch.
He allegedly famous that Ruch appeared “aggressive” — after which positioned his palms on her cheeks and requested if he may kiss her.
Ruch stated she was so shocked, she needed to ask a pal whether or not the gov’s lips had really touched her face as she was pulling away. She was informed that he kissed her cheek.
The interplay was captured in a sequence of pictures snapped by Ruch’s pal. One supplied to the Occasions that exhibits Cuomo holding Ruch’s face.
Ruch’s allegation comes after two former Cuomo staffers — Charlotte Bennett, 25, and Lindsey Boylan, 36 — accused him of sexual harassment within the span of lower than every week.
Cuomo on Sunday apologized for what he characterised as “jokes” that he stated may have been construed as “undesirable flirtation,” whereas denying that he supposed to harass anybody and sustaining he by no means engaged in inappropriate bodily contact, as alleged by Boylan.