New York :
NY.- Four Republican congressmen from the delegation of NY in the House of Representatives are under fire.
Progressive community-based organizations and immigrant advocates as well as Democratic congressmen are demanding they resign for voting against certifying the votes of Joe biden at Electoral College, a measure defended by the president trump, who falsely claimed that he won the election.
The other 4 Republicans are Lee Zeldin, from Long Island, Nicole Malliotakis, Staten Island and Chris jacobs and Elise Stefanik, both from Buffalo. They were among the 121 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to oppose Biden’s certification of victory.
The climate of rejection of the incidents on Capitol Hill a week ago instigated by the outgoing president continued to spread like a black tide that also reached Republican legislators.
Several organizations and a group of New York Democrats have started an online crusade calling for the removal of Zeldin that has so far collected more than 2,700 signatures.
On Tuesday, dozens of protesters gathered in front of his Patchogue office demanding his expulsion from Congress.
“The fact that Lee Zeldin has done nothing more than support President Trump’s false accusations is a disgrace and undermines all that we as a nation stand for,” said John Durso, president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, which has a few 250,000 members.
The same happened in front of Nicole Malliotakis’ office in Staten Island. Dozens of protesters, mostly immigrants, shouting slogans and carrying posters repudiated the position of the new legislator.
“We try to reach out to Congresswoman Malliotakis to work with her on immigration and for the benefit of our neighborhoods, but she has turned her back not only on her constituents but also on her oath to defend the Constitution by voting against the President’s certification. elected Joe Biden, ”said Yesenia Mata of La Colmena, a Staten Island-based pro-immigrant organization.
Malliotakis’ Brooklyn office also welcomed dozens of protesters from the Sustainable Staten Island community organization, demanding his resignation.
“During the pandemic I have been working, I am an immigrant worker and I have seen how constantly Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis has attacked our community even calling us criminals, and we are not. Those who are criminals are the ones who entered the capitol, ”said Jesús Benavidez, of the Staten Island day laborers group.
Jay Jacobs, Democratic president of the state, issued a statement calling for the resignation of the four members representing New York in the House of Representatives.
“These four have spent weeks delegitimizing our electoral process, thus undermining our faith in our democratic institutions. We saw the serious consequences of supporting such divisive and false claims… After supporting these lies against our democracy by a narcissistic authoritarian in the White House who wanted to hold on to power, they must resign, ”said Jacobs.
Meanwhile, seven New York Democratic state legislators called for the resignation of Rep. Chris Jacobs of Buffalo.
“Even after experiencing the attack on the Capitol, Congressman Jacobs abandoned his oath and constitutional duty when he voted against certifying the results of a free and fair election,” state lawmakers wrote in a letter released to the media.
The letter is signed by State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, as well as Assembly Members Patrick Burke, Monica Wallace, Jon Rivera and Karen McMahon, and Senators Sean Ryan and Timothy Kennedy.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who represents Buffalo’s 21st District, is also facing heavy pressure. Dozens of protesters also gathered outside his offices, demanding that he resign his seat in the House.
“They have the right to those opinions and they also have the constitutional right to express themselves. President-elect Biden was certified, but that debate was important to the American people, ”Stefanik told WCAX.
Stefanik has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, defending him during impeachment hearings and repeating his baseless claims of voter fraud.
The congresswoman reiterated that she has no intention of resigning.
“I just went through an election in November. I got the most votes of any candidate for Congress in the history of the North Country. I will continue to do my best, ”said the Republican.