Multiple main unions that beforehand backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and have become key to his enduring political entrenchment have jumped ship for the reason that launch of a damning investigative report by Attorney General Letitia James.
“The first job of any elected official is keeping safe the people they serve; it is clear from the appalling findings of the Attorney General’s report, Governor Cuomo failed to do that,” Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, stated Wednesday.
“We fought for and won the very worker protections that were violated; there must be accountability without exception,” he added. “Governor Cuomo can no longer lead the state.”
While the chief of the transit employees union recently said he was “over” Cuomo, the governor nonetheless had allies within the organized labor motion.
But in an indication of how shortly the political winds have shifted in opposition to the governor within the face of the report’s gorgeous findings of potential legal conduct and serial sexual harassment, constructing service employee union 32-BJ president Kyle Bragg — who like Cilento attended Cuomo’s pricey reelection fundraiser in late June — on Tuesday afternoon denounced him and stated he ought to step apart.
Labor unions that characterize lodge employees, metropolis employees, and academics have deserted the third-term Democrat as effectively.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to the harassment perpetuated by Governor Cuomo. It is evident he is no longer fit to serve,” stated DC37 government director Henry Garrido in a press release Wednesday.
“The Governor must resign. If he does not, the Assembly must begin the process to impeach.”
The head of the Hotel Trades Council referred to as the actions detailed in James’ report “disturbing” and stated Cuomo needs to be faraway from workplace if he doesn’t voluntarily go away it.
“The behavior described in the Attorney General’s report is deeply disturbing and should never be tolerated in any workplace. It is clear from the conclusions of the report that Governor Cuomo cannot continue to lead the state,” stated HTC president Rich Maroko in a press release launched Tuesday.
“If he does not resign, the Assembly should move promptly to impeach him.”
The denunciation comes after Cuomo beforehand had such robust ties with HTC that he appointed former president Peter Ward to the MTA board.
John Samuelsen, president of the Transportation Workers’ Union, instructed The Post the onslaught of unions declaring it’s time for Cuomo to go was inevitable.
“It was a no-brainer that this outcome would occur,” he stated Tuesday. “The unions cannot continue to support a workplace violator.”
By Wednesday morning, 24 hours after the damning probe was launched, the scandal-scarred governor was left with few backers, after former allies like Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Rodneyse Bichotte all deserted him.
Additional reporting by Carl Campanile