Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Cuomo, Biden, Schumer

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) arrived at a ceremony in New York City on September 11, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

'I Think He Should Resign': Biden Joins Chorus of Demands for Cuomo to Step Down

Calls for the New York Democratic governor's ouster are growing after an investigation found that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law.

Jessica Corbett

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined the growing chorus of people calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down after a state probe concluded that the Democrat "engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York state law."

"I think he should resign," Biden told reporters after being asked about the findings Tuesday afternoon, citing his earlier comments when multiple women accused Cuomo of sexual harassment earlier this year.

The president did not say whether state lawmakers should impeach the governor if he refuses to leave office.

The harassment allegations—which Cuomo continues to deny while acknowledging that his actions may have made people uncomfortable—led New York Attorney General Letitia James to appoint a team of independent investigators, who published their findings in a 168-page report (pdf).

Congressional leaders also responded to the report by calling for Cuomo to step down.

"Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Gov. Cuomo has been completed," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth."

"Recognizing his love of New York and respect for the office he holds," she said, "I call upon the governor to resign."

The entire Democratic congressional delegation from New York also supports Cuomo's resignation.

"As we have said before, the reported actions of the governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate, and completely unacceptable," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement Tuesday.

Schumer and Gillibrand continued:

Today's report from the New York state attorney general substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories—and we commend the women for doing so.

The New York state attorney general has conducted an independent, thorough, and professional investigation that found the governor violated state and federal law, had a pattern of sexually harassing current and former employees, retaliated against at least one of the accusers, and created a hostile work environment.

No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor's office. We continue to believe that the governor should resign.

Cuomo, for his part, signaled Tuesday that he won't step down, saying that "I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances." About a specific allegation that could lead to legal action, the governor said he welcomed the opportunity for a jury's review.

After an emergency meeting Tuesday with fellow members of the New York State Assembly, Speaker Carl E. Heastie (D-86) said that "it is abundantly clear to me that the governor has lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority and that he can no longer remain in office."

"We will move expeditiously and look to conclude our impeachment investigation as quickly as possible," Heastie added.

Citing multiple sources familiar with the lengthy meeting, The New York Times reported:

The speaker and the chair of the Judiciary Committee, Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine [D-13], argued that the articles could not be drawn up immediately, the people said.

But no timetable was set during the meeting, according to the people. The Judiciary Committee is expected to meet and discuss the impeachment investigation on Monday.

According to a person familiar with the process, it could take a month to complete the inquiry and draw up the articles of impeachment. A trial in the State Senate could commence as soon as late September or early October, the person said.

Multiple New York legislators are already publicly calling for impeachment. In a joint statement Tuesday, five socialist state legislators said that "given the governor's egregious betrayals of his office and our state, it is the responsibility of the Legislature to begin this impeachment process without delay."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Coalition Sues Biden EPA Over Approval of 'Highly Toxic' Pesticide Linked to Parkinson's

"This paraquat registration puts EPA on the wrong side of science, history, and the law."

Andrea Germanos ·


Hundreds of Thousands Take to Streets Worldwide for 'Uproot the System' Climate Strikes

"The climate crisis has not disappeared," said Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. "It's the opposite—it's even more urgent now than it was before."

Jake Johnson ·


African Leaders Condemn Vaccine Apartheid as an 'Indictment on Humanity'

"We tend to forget that no one is safe until everyone is safe."

Jake Johnson ·


As Other States Try to Copy Texas, SCOTUS Asked to Find Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

The request from healthcare providers comes after a Florida Republican filed a copycat bill and advocacy groups called on Congress to affirm the right to abortion nationwide.

Jessica Corbett ·


As Bids to Slash Pentagon Budget Fail, US Military Spending Slammed as 'Height of Absurdity'

"Spending $780 billion on weapons and war while our communities starve, while the climate crisis worsens, while a pandemic that has killed millions and affected countless more rages on, is a national shame."

Brett Wilkins ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo