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Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Call For Gov. Cuomo's Resignation

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand issued a joint statement Friday saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo should step down, having lost the confidence of the people of New York; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: Just moments ago, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued a joint statement saying Governor Cuomo should step down having lost the confidence of the people of New York.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Today, a defiant Governor Cuomo denied the allegations against him, and said the calls for his resignation are reckless and without facts. CBS 2's Alice Gainer reports.

ANDREW CUOMO: I did not do what has been alleged, period.

ALICE GAINER: A defiant Governor Cuomo is tuning out the chorus of congressional Democrats, more than a dozen today, urging him to step down. Longtime Congressman Jerry Nadler says Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Congressman Jamaal Bowman jointly said Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges.

ANDREW CUOMO: People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. Wait for the facts then you can have an opinion.

ALICE GAINER: Thursday state lawmakers launched an impeachment investigation. Allegations of inappropriate behavior by a sixth woman also came out, and today an article in New York Magazine details former employees' allegations of a toxic workplace.

Another article by a former state house reporter says Andrew Cuomo's hands had been on my body-- on my arms, my shoulders, the small of my back, my waist. I never thought the governor wanted to have sex with me. It wasn't about sex. It was about power. Newly elected Congressman Mondaire Jones says he's concerned about alleged inappropriate behavior, and also--

MONDAIRE JONES: I have deep concerns about the manipulation of nursing home data in the midst of this pandemic, and the attempt to cover up, not just by the governor but members of his own staff. Mayor de Blasio also commented.

BILL DE BLASIO: Unfortunately, what we're seeing here is a pattern of cover up, and a pattern of lies. It is unacceptable. The governor must resign. He can no longer do the job.

ALICE GAINER: But Governor Cuomo says he's not going anywhere.

ANDREW CUOMO: I never harassed anyone. I never assaulted anyone. I never abused anyone.

ALICE GAINER: He says he will continue to govern and focus on the budget, urging people to let the two investigations unfold. Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.