About 100 people gathered in Manhattan on Saturday to call for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment, led by his lead sexual harassment accuser, Lindsey Boylan.
The group of mostly activists assembled in Washington Square Park as a rival group of about 40 Cuomo defenders gathered outside his Third Avenue office in New York City, reports noted.
“Abuse does not confine itself to one person or one area,” Boylan told the crowd, according to the New York Post.
“Someone who abuses their power doesn’t just do it to one woman or one community. They do it on some level to every person and every community,” she added.
Now a Democratic contender for borough president of Manhattan, Boylan went on to criticize Democrat State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a longtime Cuomo ally, for conducting a “sham investigation” into the mounting allegations of sexual harassment now made by at least eight women, including Cuomo’s current aide, Alyssa McGrath.
The competing group of “Cuomosexual” supporters, meanwhile, urged the governor not to quit, sporting signs that read “Cancel Karen Culture Not Cuomo” and “Do Not Resign.”
“He’s an emotional guy, he’s Italian,” one supporter, Karen Gregorski, 73, told The Post.
“He kissed someone or he touched someone’s cheeks? Come on,” Gregorski said. “If he touched my cheeks, I’d give him a kiss.”
Nevertheless, other Democrats showed up with Boylan to call on Cuomo to step down, including state Sen. Julia Salazar and state Assemblyman Ron Kim, according to the Daily Mail.
“The Assembly must act swiftly,” Boylan told the crowd, WABC reported. “We have courageous leaders like majority leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, who we can count on to do the right thing.
“Speaker Hasty, on the other hand, wields his power to protect the governor and uphold a system that dismisses and abuses us. New Yorkers deserve a transparent and honest impeachment process, not a sham investigation led by people with ties to Governor Cuomo,” she added.
I so enjoyed seeing these photos from today’s rally. Honored to be captured with @JuliaCarmel__ and @jaslinforqueens and even more proud to join you in this fight for justice. What a talented photographer you are @mikedrake178 pic.twitter.com/xCnoPmz8tx
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 20, 2021
Boylan then reiterated some of her initial accusations against Cuomo.
“In December, I spoke truth to power on the harassment and bullying, I faced working for Governor Cuomo, and when the governor should have been focused on leading us out of this pandemic, he was instead focused on covering up the deaths of 15,000 New Yorkers and smearing me and my reputation,” she said. “Since sharing my story, six more women have come forward with their experience of being bullied, harassed, and assaulted by the governor of New York.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James has authorized an investigation of the multiple accusations and has retained an outside independent law firm to conduct it.
“When the governor lies about his abuse of power, as he’s doing right now and daily, it’s a betrayal of the public’s trust abuse does not confine itself to one person or one area,” Boylan said.
Meanwhile, Cuomo has also been accused of causing the deaths of thousands of older New Yorkers by ordering nursing homes to accept patients sickened with COVID-19 and then covering up the actual number.
“We need to get answers and issue subpoenas immediately against the governor, the Commissioner of Health in New York state, Dr. Zucker, and his senior staff. Because the corruption is the cover-up,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) told Fox News in late January.
“They knew this number, and yet they refused to be transparent with New Yorkers, but what was most heartless is they weren’t transparent with those that have lost loved ones.”
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