In response to Attorney General James' report into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Cuomo, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY issued the following statement:
"The Attorney General's report is clear: Governor Cuomo broke federal and state laws, sexually harassed his staff, state employees, and New Yorkers. He created a hostile, toxic work environment where such gender-based discrimination not only persisted but thrived.
Governor Cuomo must immediately resign. Other disgraced elected officials, like Vito Lopez, resigned within 72 hours under threat of removal. Cuomo has until noon Friday, August 6. Speaker Heastie must direct the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings on Monday as there is ample evidence.
The gravity of the situation demands an open, transparent, and swift process that New Yorkers can easily access and evaluate.Under the circumstances, outside investigations, closed door discussions and executive sessions off the public record are inappropriate. The public has a right to know. The clock is ticking."