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July 30, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Attorney General James’ Statement on the Resignation of Governor Cuomo

“Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it’s an important step towards justice.

“I thank Governor Cuomo for his contributions to our state. The ascension of our Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, will help New York enter a new day. We must continue to build on the progress already made and improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the state. I know our state is in good hands with Lieutenant Governor Hochul at the helm, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.”

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— Attorney General Letitia James


Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

“Andrew Cuomo just gave one of the most disingenuous resignation speeches in human memory, but at least he resigned. We trust that his stepping down will do nothing to slow the myriad investigations into his misbehaviors, including covering up nursing home death data; profiting $5.1 million from his obfuscation of those deaths; using state-paid employees to write his tome, and allegations of both physical and verbal sexual abuse of at least 11 women.

“The Conservative Party wishes incoming Governor Kathleen Hochul well in her transition to New York’s top executive office, but we will continue holding her to account for allowing Mr. Cuomo’s gross, well-known behavior to go on for these past seven years.

“Mr. Cuomo’s behavior has shown the need for far greater transparency in New York State government, and so many questions for him still need to be answered.”

— Gerard Kassar


Statement from Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress, regarding the Senate vote on the federal infrastructure bill.

“Today’s vote is one for the history books. The United States’ infrastructure — once the envy of the world — has crumbled as generation after generation failed to invest in public works that could move people quickly and safely, provide clean drinking water, protect vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change and connect rural communities to the digital age. The $1 trillion infrastructure package approved by the Senate today will finally change that paradigm. It will modernize American infrastructure for the needs of both today and generations to come. The package also includes the largest ever federal investment in public transit and passenger rail, giving us the opportunity to accelerate job growth, enhance our competitiveness and create a resilient economy that is better, fairer and stronger. The New York Building Congress applauds Senate Majority Leader Schumer and the lawmakers who voted for this bipartisan agreement and urges the House to waste no time in taking this bill up.”

— Carlo A. Scissura


Statement from Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn on the Attorney General’s Report on Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Rodneyse Bichotte, Assemblymember and Chair of Democratic Party in Brooklyn, greets Borough President Eric Adams at a recent celebration. Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo

“This morning, the office of Attorney General Letitia James issued a 168 page report with over 74,000 pieces of evidence and interviews with 179 people on the sexual harassment allegations of Governor Andrew Cuomo. The report contained findings of sexual harassment and misconduct involving eleven victims which are extremely troubling and reprehensible. The AG’s office brought in independent national investigative personnel that revealed that federal and state law was violated.

My full sympathy goes out to the brave victims who endured these egregious experiences, but took heroic steps forward to provide evidence and live testimonies for the public of the disturbing behavior and abuse in a work environment “filled with fear and intimidation.”

As a childhood sexual abuse survivor who also endured sexual harassment throughout my career, these testimonies triggered an emotional disturbance.

There is absolutely no room for this abuse, especially with elected officials who’ve been entrusted to fight it. Governor Cuomo’s conduct found in the report is heinous and a gross abuse of power.

I thank the Attorney General for her thorough investigation. The report has been sent to the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, who will undertake an in-depth examination of it in their ongoing impeachment investigation of the Governor. It will now be up to prosecutors to pursue any potential criminal or civil actions.

I will be relentlessly monitoring this disturbing situation in the Assembly and keep you updated.

Lastly, the conduct by Governor Cuomo found in the report indicates that he is unfit for office and should step down and resign.

— Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn


Statement from Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, responding to Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that proof of vaccination will be required at New York City restaurants and bars.

“Mandating vaccine requirements for restaurant and bar employees and customers to work and dine indoors is a very difficult step, but ultimately may prove an essential move to protecting public health and ensuring that New York City does not revert to restrictions and shut down orders that would again absolutely devastate small businesses that have not yet recovered from the pandemic.

“We know that a mandated vaccine requirement will pose economic and operational challenges to restaurants, particularly in communities with lower vaccination rates and hesitancy, however it will also alleviate the burden that restaurants and bars face when implementing this policy voluntarily.

“While having to require this requirement is far from ideal, now we need government to support restaurants, bars and workers with clear and fair guidelines, and an extensive outreach and education program, while also implementing more policies to support the industry’s recovery.”

— Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance


Statement from Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, applauding the New York City Council for passing legislation that extends caps on third-party delivery platform fees, requires delivery apps to share customer data, among other limits on third-party delivery platforms. 

“The relationship restaurants share with their customers is key to their success, and as we emerge from the pandemic, it is critical for their survival. Unfortunately, for too long third-party delivery companies have withheld restaurants’ own customer data from them, to ensure they couldn’t directly manage their customer relationships in order to extract high fees from small businesses and to keep them hostage on their delivery platforms. Bravo to Councilmember Keith Powers for sponsoring this legislation that will require third-party delivery companies to provide restaurants with their own customer information, which will create a more fair and equitable marketplace that empowers local restaurants and their customers. We applaud the City Council for passing this legislation and urge the Mayor to enact it promptly.”

— Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance


Rep. Maloney Congratulates Janno Lieber on Appointment as Acting CEO of the MTA

“Congratulations to my longtime friend and colleague, Janno Lieber, on becoming the new acting CEO of the MTA,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “I have worked with Janno on important transportation projects such as building Phase 1 of the 2nd Avenue Subway and completing critical repairs for the L Train, which connects the lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn portions of NY-12. I look forward to working with him on future projects like expanding the 2nd Avenue Subway to 125th Street and making Sunnyside Yards a transit hub. I applaud Janno’s steadfast commitment to bettering the MTA and for making it a modern, more accessible system for every single New Yorker.”

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