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A flood of new calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down hit like a tsunami Friday morning, and many came from his own party; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.
MAURICE DUBOIS: --hit like a tsunami this morning. A flood of new calls for New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down.
KRISTINE JOHNSON: And many came from his own party. A majority of Democrats in the state legislature and all but six of the state's US House of Representatives have now called on him to resign, but the governor is urging people to wait for the facts. CBS 2's Alice Gainer has the latest.
ANDREW CUOMO: I'm not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians. I was elected by the people.
ALICE GAINER: His voice raised at times during a conference call this afternoon, Governor Cuomo responded to new calls from Congressional Democrats who released statements today calling for his resignation, like longtime Congressman Jerry Nadler, who wrote, "Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign."
ANDREW CUOMO: The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance.
ALICE GAINER: Newly-elected Congressman Mondaire Jones responded to that, saying they're upset about the alleged sexual and workplace behavior and also--
MONDAIRE JONES: The treatment of seniors in our nursing homes throughout this state, all of which are fact-based analyses and not susceptible to opinions.
ALICE GAINER: He's referring to the state attorney general's preliminary report that showed COVID-19 nursing home deaths were underreported. The governor has claimed his administration had to verify deaths of residents at hospitals before updating the death count at nursing homes. Mayor de Blasio also weighed in.
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: 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, quote, "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."
ANDREW CUOMO: I never harassed anyone. I never assaulted anyone. I never abused anyone. Let's get the review, and then let's get the facts. And then New Yorkers can make a decision once they have facts. You don't have facts now. You have allegations.
ALICE GAINER: Allegations that continue to grow in number. Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.