New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D) said Sunday that Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) was “in the way of us saving lives” because he was distracted by accusations of sexual misconduct and covering up nursing home deaths.
DeBlasio said he didn’t think Cuomo would resign even though he has lost his credibility. “I think he is used to getting things his way, and it’s been almost an imperial governorship,” he said, adding that “the folks in this state and political leadership don’t believe in him anymore.”
He predicted Cuomo would be impeached and might resign during that process.
“He just needs to resign so we can actually turn the page. And- and look, it’s an optimistic time as you started out this morning. It’s an optimistic time. We got to put the past behind us. Andrew Cuomo can’t lead us into the future. We’ve got the people of the state ready to reopen, but we need to get him out of the way to do it,” DeBlasio said.
While cases and deaths spiked slightly in December and January in the state, levels have been lower than in many states, probably because of the huge initial wave of COVID-19 in the state last April and May, which resulted in the majority of the 49,000 deaths from the virus in the state.
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