'Creepy' Cuomo under pressure to quit with huge billboard erected telling him to resign after the Emmy-award winning governor who boasted about his handling of the pandemic in book is stripped of his emergency COVID powers

 Protesters calling for Andrew Cuomo's resignation gathered outside his offices in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, as leaders of New York state's legislature reached a deal to strip him of his emergency powers two months before they expire. 

Chanting that Cuomo, a three-term governor, should quit, the crowd waved placards demanding he step down, the day after a third woman accused him of sexual harassment. He was already in the spotlight following an apparent cover-up of COVID deaths in nursing homes - actions that are now subject to investigation. 

A growing number of Democratic leaders have called on Cuomo to resign following the sexual harassment allegations, including Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, a New York representative who on Monday became the first Democrat in DC to call for him to stand down.  

Andrew Cuomo was granted emergency powers in the early days of the COVID pandemic

Andrew Cuomo was granted emergency powers in the early days of the COVID pandemic

Protesters in Manhattan made their feelings clear about Cuomo on Tuesday after a third woman accused him of harassment

Protesters in Manhattan made their feelings clear about Cuomo on Tuesday after a third woman accused him of harassment

The three-term governor is facing calls for him to resign, with Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton demanding an inquiry

The three-term governor is facing calls for him to resign, with Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton demanding an inquiry

The protesters stood in the chilly March evening demanding that the governor resign, with one labeling him a 'sex pest'

The protesters stood in the chilly March evening demanding that the governor resign, with one labeling him a 'sex pest'

Protestors outside Cuomo's office call for him to resign
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Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, who has often feuded with the governor, said that if the allegations are true, Cuomo cannot govern.

Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand have all called for a full investigation.


On Tuesday Gillibrand, who spearheaded the effort to oust former senator Al Franken from the Senate over sexual misconduct claims, called sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'completely unacceptable.'

Gillibrand stopped short of calling on Cuomo to resign but said 'every allegation of sexual harassment must be taken seriously and be reviewed.' 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who also represents New York, called the allegations against Cuomo 'very troubling.'

A billboard in Albany, the New York state capital, was put up on Tuesday demanding the governor quit

A billboard in Albany, the New York state capital, was put up on Tuesday demanding the governor quit

The 63-year-old governor on Tuesday suffered a further blow when a deal was reached to rescind powers he was granted on March 3, 2020 - three days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in his state.


Cuomo was able to swiftly issue new laws through executive order - something which, in the early days of the pandemic, was seen as essential to respond quickly to the public health crisis.

But calls had been mounting for the powers to be removed, and those calls were given additional force by both sets of revelations.

With Cuomo's leadership now being called into question, the state legislature agreed to remove his powers.

'A year into the pandemic, and as New Yorkers receive the vaccine, the temporary emergency powers have served their purpose – it is time for them to be repealed,' said Carl Heastie, Assembly Speaker, in a statement. 

Under the deal, reached between Heastie and Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the majority leader, current directives related to preserving the public health will continue.

The governor would still be able to modify existing orders – such as the percentage of indoor capacity allowed at reopening restaurants. 

'I think everyone understands where we were back in March and where we are now. We certainly see the need for a quick response but also want to move toward a system of increased oversight, and review,' she said.

'The public deserves to have checks and balances. Our proposal would create a system with increased input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected.'

Their agreement will now be put to a vote in the legislature, which could be held as soon as Friday.

The Democrat has suffered a spectacular fall from grace since he became a national star last year for his handling of the state's coronavirus pandemic.

Many commentators had tipped him for a role in President Joe Biden's administration but now members of his own party are calling for his resignation.

Already facing heat over accusations he deliberately underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, Cuomo referred himself for investigation on Monday over sexual misconduct allegations by two former aides.

Hours later, Anna Ruch, 33, told the New York Times that she met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019.

During the reception, he put his hand on her bare lower back - which she pushed away - and asked if he could kiss her.

'I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,' Ruch, who did not work for Cuomo, told the Times. 'I turned my head away and didn't have words in that moment.'

The newspaper published a photo showing the governor holding a visibly uncomfortable Ruch by the cheeks.

Anna Ruch, now 33, met Andrew Cuomo at her friends' wedding in September 2019. He was photographed cupping her face

Ruch worked in the Obama White House before switching to join the Biden 2020 campaign team

Ruch worked in the Obama White House before switching to join the Biden 2020 campaign team

Democrats and Republicans have joined Cuomo's accusers and anti-harassment campaigners in calling for the three-term governor to quit.

The scandal engulfing Cuomo illustrates how allegations of sexual harassment gain traction in the #MeToo era.

Sam Abrams, a political science professor at Sarah Lawrence College, told AFP the third accuser 'makes it much harder' for Cuomo to stay around.

'He is a fighter and will clear his name if it's believed to be a misunderstanding,' Abrams said.

'But if he loses the support of the party, and that is happening, he has no future or fourth term.'

Cuomo enjoyed national adoration last spring with his straight-talking yet empathetic virus briefings that contrasted sharply with then-president Donald Trump's dismissive approach to the pandemic.

He won an Emmy for the broadcasts, and wrote a book about leadership. 

Some Democrats even urged him to run for the White House, but now his stock has never been lower.

Ruch's testimony came just days after former aide Charlotte Bennett told the New York Times that he sexually harassed her last year.

Letitia James, pictured,the state attorney general, will oversee an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment

Letitia James, pictured,the state attorney general, will oversee an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men
Lindsey Boylan accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

Charlotte Bennett (left), 25, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in his Albany office, including quizzing her about dating older men. Lindsey Boylan (right) accused him of attempting to kiss her on the mouth in 2018

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Bennett, 25, said that Cuomo told her in June that he was open to dating women in their 20s, and asked her if she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, the Times said.

While Cuomo never tried to touch her, 'I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,' she said.

Another ex-aide, Lindsey Boylan, described unwanted physical contact from Cuomo when she worked for his administration, from 2015 to 2018.

Boylan, 36, alleged that the governor had given her an unsolicited kiss on the lips, suggested that they play strip poker and went 'out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.'

Cuomo said Sunday he was 'truly sorry' if his conduct had ever been 'misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.' He denied ever inappropriately touching or propositioning anyone.

Cuomo, loathed by many on the left-wing of the Democratic Party, was slammed for the wording of his apology.

He bowed to pressure for an independent probe into the misconduct claims, which will be led by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

The findings will be disclosed in a public report that may not be released for months.

Cuomo has led New York for ten years and is widely believed to covet a fourth term when his current one ends in 2022, to surpass his father Mario Cuomo, who served for three terms.

With detractors unlikely to be able to muster enough votes to impeach Cuomo in the state legislature, experts say his future may hang on the outcome of the investigation.

'If it's really bad for him, then he either resigns or gets impeached,' said Columbia University politics expert Lincoln Mitchell.

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