Some members of an online Facebook group called "Women for Governor Cuomo" have said they were overwhelming the hotline, which was established by lawyers working for the state Assembly impeachment committee over a probe into several women's allegations of sexual harassment against the 63-year-old governor.
"Support for the governor is what brought us all together," Pamela Morley, a chairman for the Facebook group she named, said. She is also treasurer of a smaller group of women raising money to support Cuomo, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The group is a private fan club of around 1,100 members who are essentially women over the age of 55, and one member has received recognition from the governor for her supportive exercises, according to the report.
Some of the women have pressed fellow Cuomo fans to call state officials, respond to his rivals on Twitter, and attend gatherings offering thousands of dollars to advertisements supporting the governor. Since accusations of sexual misconduct have come out about Cuomo, more supportive advertisements such as billboards and plane banners have appeared.
The hotline, which was set up by law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, has received more than 200 tips connecting to Cuomo's behavior. At least 10 accusers have gone on record with sexual misconduct claims against the governor, including his former aide Lindsey Boylan, who was the governor's first accuser.
New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who commands over the chamber’s impeachment examination, refused to comment when asked about the hotline messages that investigators have received by the Wall Street Journal.
Despite pressure from some members of his party, the governor has continued calls to leave because he says he "did not do what has been alleged."
"I'm not going to resign," Cuomo said on March 12, adding he was not "elected by the politicians but by the people." Surveys have shown pluralities of New Yorkers do not think Cuomo should step down, though his endorsement ratings have dropped in recent months.
The governor is also under federal probe for his handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic after Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted that the governor's office hid the state’s nursing home coronavirus death toll out of fear of political retaliation from former President Donald Trump.
Cuomo is eligible to seek a fourth term in office in 2022.