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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato joined other women legislators supporting a call for a State Attorney General investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo but the group did not go so far as to demand his resignation. Many state officials, including U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, have called upon Cuomo to step down.

When The Rockaway Times asked Amato for a statement, she sent the statement issued by the women legislators:

"In response to the allegations that have been lodged against Governor Andrew Cuomo, we called on the Attorney General of the State of New York, Letitia James, to investigate these matters.

"We believe that the Attorney General will exercise due process and expediency in her deliberations. We continue to support our Attorney General, the first women, and the first African American woman to be elected to this position, as she launches this investigation. We request that she be allowed the appropriate time to complete her investigation rather than undermine her role and responsibility as the chief law enforcement officer of the state of New York.

"Our democracy demands that we be diligent and expeditious in our search for truth and justice. This matter deserves no less degree of care.

"We collectively request that all complaints involving sexual misconduct or otherwise be made with the Attorney General of the State of New York. We respectfully want to honor all situations simultaneously and believe the Attorney General is best equipped to do just that."

Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson, representing most of Far Rockaway, joined State Senator James Sanders Jr. in demanding Cuomo resign.

State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr., so far, aligns with Amato and has resisted the call for Cuomo’s ouster. In a statement Addabbo said: “I have always believed that elected officials are to be held to a high standard of ethics and conduct. Given the circumstances surrounding the Governor’s actions relating to the handling of nursing homes during the COVID pandemic and the recent allegations of inappropriate sexual harassment, I support the current full independent investigation by the Attorney General to determine the facts and give the foundation for the state legislature to take proper actions, including the options of impeachment and calls for resignation. In addition to sharing the anger and frustration of many of my constituents related to such actions by the Governor, I support a number of legislative measures, which focus on addressing the Governor’s situation, including the modification of the Attorney General’s authority to assist in ensuring a credible, fact-finding independent investigation.

“Right now, my constituents and the people of New York also need for the state legislature to focus on the April 1st state budget and ensure that the vital programs it provides will continue to be funded, as well as addressing COVID relief programs and vaccine rollouts.”

Although many prominent electeds have been vocal with calls for the Governor’s immediate resignation, public polling shows support for Cuomo. In a Siena College poll released on Tuesday, New York voters (50-35%) say Cuomo should not resign, at this point.

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