NYS Assemblywoman Kelles: If AG investigations find guilt, Cuomo should resign

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N. Y. Newly-elected State Assemblywoman Anna Kelles, who represents Ithaca in the states 125th Assembly District has issued a statement calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to face investigations into his conduct over the last year, joining a list of small but growing number of New York politicians asking for the previously popular governor to relinquish his position amid a wave of scandals if evidence of wrongdoing is found. Kelles doesnt appear to be issuing a full-throated call for the governor to resign, but said that if Cuomo is found guilty of anything after a multi-pronged investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, he should leave office. Kelles, a fellow Democrat and former Tompkins County legislator, issued a statement on Friday, March 5, citing the New York Times report on Thursday that Cuomos aides falsified nursing home data and pressured state health officials to reduce the number of reported nursing home deaths in a July report. That followed earlier damning reports about New Yorks handling of coronavirus in nursing homes, coupled with scrutiny on Cuomos behind-the-scenes political tactics and his potential misconduct towards at least three women. I am deeply troubled and angered by the most recent information that has come to light in the NYT report stating that Governor Cuomo and his aides falsified nursing home data and undermined the work of our health officials, Kelles said. It is unconscionable that the governor has broken his bond of trust with New Yorkers at a time when we need our leaders to make decisions and create policy in the best interest of the people not for politics or to manipulate public perception.

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