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Local electeds, with one curious exception, weighed in yesterday after Attorney General Letitia James’s report on sexual misconduct sent the walls tumbling around Governor Cuomo.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Vibes rattled across New York and beyond after AG James slammed Governor Andrew Cuomo for vast sexual misconduct after an extensive probe.

Whatever happens to Cuomo has serious implications for Roosevelt Island. The governor controls RIOC, the least democratic institution in the U.S. During his time in office, taxation without representation reached new heights as empowered elites increasingly disregarded residents concerns.

As the state agency’s board and executive team depend on Cuomo’s protection, his removal means certain change. But the question of how much remains.

What our local electeds said…

Ben Kallos, outgoing city council member who had been endorsed by Cuomo, struck first, on Twitter.

We reached out to state assembly member Rebecca Seawright and her office told us…

  • Rebecca Seawright, Women of Distinction
    State assembly member Rebecca Seawright speaking in 2016. Credit: NYS Assembly

    “The Attorney General’s independent report substantiates and corroborates earlier charges of serial sexual misconduct and federal and state law violations. As the chair of the Assembly Majority Task Force on Women’s Issues, I commend these brave women witnesses. They have come forward at great personal risk to share their experience of humiliation and hostility in the workplace. The details as reported are horrifying. This matter is under review by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. As a committee member, I take my role and due diligence seriously. I must respect the process prescribed by the New York State Constitution and refrain from further comment.”

State Senator José Serrano on Roosevelt Island Day in 2018.

“Senator Serrano called on the Governor to resign in March, and reiterates that call in light of the Attorney General’s findings. If the Governor does not resign, the Senator believes the Governor should be impeached.”

Quote provided by Senator Serrano’s communications director, Damaris Olivo

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