August 6, 2021

Dear Friends, 

As you are well aware, this has been a painful week for New York State. The Attorney General’s report has riveted all attention to the Governor even as we have major issues to grapple with.

I believe the Attorney General’s report, and I believe the women. Several months ago, I was one of the first officials to say the Governor should resign in the face of the allegations at that time.  I have reiterated my position this week to the people of New York via the media. As I have said in these interviews, his actions are appalling. He should no longer serve as governor.

The report reflects the testimony of 179 witnesses and 74,000 documents and substantiates  the sexual harassment claims of 11 women as well as the toxic workplace environment in the Governor’s office. 

It is my sincere hope that we can avoid the impeachment trial, and that, for the good of the State of New York, the Governor will resign. 

I commend the bravery of the women who came forward, whose claims have been independently investigated and corroborated. The Legislature has taken great strides to address sexual harassment in the workplace. It is important that our policies and practices are aligned and that the workplace is a safe place for everyone.  

Getting back to State business, I will be co-sponsoring a public hearing on the state of our elections, hosted by the Senate Committee on Elections, chaired by Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie. I am asking voters to register so that they can give testimony at the hearing on Monday, August 9th, at 10:00 AM at the County Center. Let us know your election experiences and suggestions  for improvement. Registration has been extended and is open until Sunday at 10:00 AM. For more information, please click here.

As always, please feel free to call my office with any issues or problems. Email me at scousins@nysenate.gov or call 914-423-4031.

Until next time, 

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NYS Senator, District 35
President Pro Tem, Majority Leader