Cuomo faced repeated calls from Democrats to quit after a New York Times report published that his aides had repeatedly suppressed the number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes that emerged from one of the governor's directions from early in the pandemic. The report came as Cuomo proceeds to battle sexual harassment charges and faces the threat of impeachment from state lawmakers and many investigations from state Attorney General Letitia James.
On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC's Morning Joe that the time for Cuomo to quit is months overdue.
"He can't continue to lead — the nursing home scandal, sexual harassment and assault scandal, using his staff to write his book. I mean, it just, it doesn't end," de Blasio announced. "He just has to go."
De Blasio's view was shared by many other New York Democrats, as well as many Republicans, who have been gunning for Cuomo to step down since his scandals started getting widespread media coverage at the opening of the year.
"In the middle of the pandemic, Gov. Cuomo and his team concealed information and withheld data regarding the deaths of thousands of seniors, all the while blaming everyone else for an issue they created," stated Will Barclay, the Republican minority leader of the State Assembly. "There needs to be immediate accountability."
On Monday, Cuomo faced an evenly hostile press when he took questions at his first in-person press briefing since November. When discussing the sexual harassment accusation leveled at him by at least 10 women, Cuomo denied any wrongdoing. He continued that James's report would reflect his views.
"The report can't say anything different because I didn't do anything wrong," Cuomo announced.
Cuomo previously struck a more conciliatory tone in press briefings, stating that his remarks and gestures toward women in his office had been mistaken. During the public ordeal, Cuomo has declined to quit despite calls from top Democrats that he do so.
On Thursday, the governor doubled down on his remarks that James's report will defend him. Throughout an event in Buffalo, he told reporters that he had not heard from the attorney general's office yet though that he was "eager" to tell his side of the story.
"I used to tell people when I was attorney general," he said. "When someone came in and said, ‘Well, I heard this,’ I said, ‘Until you hear both sides of the story, you haven’t heard anything.’ People have heard one side of the story. I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story, and the time will come."