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NYS Dem. party chair calls Cuomo an ally, but says he must resign

A headshot of NYS Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs, wearing a gray suit and blue shirt, appears in front of a window with blinds.
New York NOW
New York State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs talked about Gov. Andrew Cuomo on New York NOW this weekend.

Another close ally is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after the state attorney general’s office concluded the third-term Democrat sexually harassed 11 women.

State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs says he called the governor Wednesday to say he believes the report released Tuesday and the allegations, which Cuomo denied in a video released just after Attorney General Tish James presented the findings.

Jacobs says in a statement that Cuomo has lost his ability to govern “both practically and morally,” and says the state will not be well served by a “long, protracted removal process” to delay what is “clearly inevitable.”

He says his call for Cuomo to step down comes with “sadness and a measure of regret.”

Pressure on Cuomo in the legislature is mounting with momentum building toward an impeachment vote.


A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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