Rally calling for due process in Cuomo investigation held in NYC

By Logan Schiciano and Hanna Schiciano

Outside the headquarters of Fox News and The New York Post, a small rally was held on Friday demanding due process in the investigation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

As of April 3, nine women have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. He’s also under fire for the state’s under reporting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes during the early stages of the pandemic.

A majority of New York’s House Democrats and two senators, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have said Cuomo should resign.

Sheikh Musa Drammeh, the rally organizer, believes the calls from top politicians are premature.

“They [government officials] should be the last to violate the law. They know the law. They know the Constitution. And they know they don’t have the complete facts. Not one of them does. Regardless of their positions, they are wrong, and that makes me very upset,” he said.

Drammeh, a resident of the Bronx, has held similar rallies defending the governor and the Constitution throughout the past month.

“We’re here because of the injustice being peddled by his enemies, using the media, just to sway public opinion. We’re here to say no. We refuse now, we refuse tomorrow, and we’ll refuse for as long as they continue their evil plan.” He continued, “We believe that the evidence will exonerate Governor Cuomo. But even if it’s not, Governor Cuomo still deserves his day in court.”

We’re here because of the injustice being peddled by his enemies, using the media, just to sway public opinion. We’re here to say no. We refuse now, we refuse tomorrow, and we’ll refuse for as long as they continue their evil plan.”

— Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Rally Organizer

Drammeh also addressed the #MeToo movement, which he said he supports, but believes it is being used for political gain.

“It is being hijacked by those who want to score political points against their political enemies.”

Dianne Rodriguez, who is from Manhattan, NY, added, “These women were paid off to say these allegations against Governor Cuomo, or somebody wants him removed because they want his job”

A recent poll finds that 40 percent of New Yorkers say Cuomo should resign, while 55 percent say he should not. A poll on Tower’s Instagram, @masterstower, revealed that 59 respondents believe the governor should resign, while 25 said he should not.

Regardless of whether the allegations prove true, many believe Cuomo should step down because the scandal is diverting his attention away from pressing issues, like the pandemic. Cuomo has taken questions from reporters on just five occasions since Feb. 24, which is in stark contrast to the 91 times he spoke publicly with the press last March.

But for many in the Cuomo faithful, the scandal does not wipe away Cuomo’s 30+ years of public service.

Rodriguez said, “Either way it falls, I’m still gonna love him. It doesn’t matter what the investigation says.”

This story was originally published on Tower on April 3, 2021.