Women hold rally to demand that Gov. Cuomo step down amid harassment allegations

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Dozens of women gathered to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo resign or that he be impeached amid allegations of sexual harassment.

They rallied outside Cuomo's Manhattan office on Saturday morning.

The speakers at the event said that Cuomo ignored the 2019 sexual harassment law he signed which aimed to strengthen protections for employees against workplace harassment and discrimination.

"Governor Cuomo has broken the law," one speaker said. "Another boss would have been put on leave or fired by now."

As the women gathered Saturday, the New York attorney general has reportedly taken a major step forward in the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Wall Street Journal reports AG Letitia James has issued "dozens" of subpoenas to people close to the governor.

That reportedly includes his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, who has been at the forefront of New York's response to the pandemic.

Those being subpoenaed are reportedly being asked to provide documents in connection to the harassment and misconduct allegations.

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Black community leaders also gathered outside Cuomo's office on Friday to voice their opposition both to his budget proposal and his behavior.

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams called Cuomo a master manipulator, saying he listens to money more than people.

"Governor Cuomo is not a victim and he's not a casualty here, he is a powerful person who has caused victims and caused casualties," Williams said. "The governor is not Emmett Till and he's not a member of the Exonerated 5, what he is doing is what he always does -- manipulating, he is a master manipulator."
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