An awesome majority of the Democrats serving in New York's congressional delegation are calling on embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following the newest sexual harassment allegation that he groped a feminine aide final yr. However just a few hours after the wave of statements, the three-term governor reiterated on Friday afternoon that he gained't step down from his publish.Inside minutes of one another on Friday morning, Democratic lawmakers launched a cascade of statements calling for the governor to step down, together with some senior members like Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Home Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Home Small Enterprise Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez and Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney.Greater than half of the 19 Democrats within the delegation have known as for Cuomo's resignation, a determine that spans from longtime members to newer ones, together with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Rep. Mondaire Jones – the latter two who had been elected in 2020. Most attributed their selections to each the rising variety of harassment allegations in addition to the fallout over the state's dealing with of COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties."The truth that this newest report was so latest is alarming, and it raises issues in regards to the current security and well-being of the administration's workers," Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman mentioned in a joint assertion, referring to the newest allegation reported by The Occasions Union of Albany that Cuomo groped a feminine aide late final yr when she was summoned to the governor's mansion to assist with a technical difficulty."As members of the New York delegation to the U.S. Home of Representatives, we imagine these ladies, we imagine the reporting, we imagine the lawyer normal and we imagine the 55 members of the New York State legislature, together with the State Senate Majority Chief, who’ve concluded that Governor Cuomo can not successfully lead within the face of so many challenges," the assertion continued.The developments in Congress come as Cuomo faces rising backlash from Democrats in Washington and Albany over a number of allegations of harassment and inappropriate habits inside and outdoors of the office. New York Legal professional Common Letitia James is presently dealing with an impartial investigation into the claims, whereas the New York State Meeting opened an impeachment inquiry into the governor this week.Cuomo, who has denied the claims, together with the newest one, has publicly apologized for making any of the ladies who’ve levied allegations in opposition to him really feel uncomfortable, saying that he didn’t intend to harm or offend anybody. However he has steadfastly pushed again in opposition to requires his resignation and repeated that sentiment on a COVID-19 press name on Friday afternoon."Girls have a proper to come back ahead and be heard, and I encourage that – totally. However I additionally wish to be clear: There’s a query of the reality. I didn’t do what has been alleged – interval," Cuomo mentioned, denying the newest declare. "There are sometimes many motivations for making an allegation. I'm not going to argue this difficulty within the press."He additionally pushed again on elected officers calling for him to step down, arguing that "politicians who don't know a single reality however but type a conclusion and an opinion are, in my view, reckless and harmful."The governor, who was as soon as heralded for his dealing with of the pandemic within the early months, additionally faces heightened scrutiny over New York's COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties. The New York lawyer normal launched a report in January in regards to the ongoing investigation into the scenario, which discovered that his administration undercounted these deaths.Different senior lawmakers in New York have stopped wanting calling for Cuomo to resign, together with one in Home management and the state's two senators. They’ve repeatedly mentioned that the ladies's allegations ought to all be heard and brought significantly and need the lawyer normal to finish her investigation into the matter.In a Thursday interview with SiriusXM's "The Joe Madison Present," Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer known as the newest allegation "nauseating" and described the a number of claims in opposition to the governor as "deeply troubling."Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has equally known as the allegations "utterly unacceptable," however in a latest interview with Yahoo Finance criticized the fixed give attention to asking feminine lawmakers about whether or not elected officers dealing with harassment allegations ought to resign."Asking each feminine elected in our state when an individual ought to resign or not resign actually isn't the dialog we needs to be having," Gillibrand advised Yahoo earlier this week. "And I’ve to say, it's exceedingly irritating as a result of so many males who’re additionally in public management aren't requested these questions daily. The ladies in our state aren’t meant to be judges, jurors and executioners."