Accused sex abuser Juan Ardila shamed by Queens CB2 no-confidence vote amid resignation calls
Assemblyman Juan Ardila, who has been accused of sexual abuse, has suffered another political setback following a no-confidence vote by Queens Community Board 2. The resolution, which was approved by a 34-1 vote, said that Ardila had not been fully engaged in legislative activities and that the district had suffered due to his lack of effective advocacy. The freshman legislator has been accused of forcibly touching two women at a party in 2015, and one of the women also alleges that he exposed himself and kissed her. Despite the accusations, Ardila has refused to resign. The no-confidence vote comes after calls for his resignation from Governor Kathy Hochul, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and almost every elected official in Queens.
What is the no-confidence vote by Queens Community Board 2?
The no-confidence vote is a formal slapdown of Assemblyman Juan Ardila due to his lack of effective advocacy for his constituents and his refusal to resign following accusations of sexual abuse by two women.
What are the accusations against Assemblyman Juan Ardila?
Ardila has been accused of forcibly touching two women at a party in 2015, and one of the women also alleges that he exposed himself and kissed her.
Who has called for Ardila’s resignation?
Governor Kathy Hochul, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and almost every elected official in Queens have called for Ardila’s resignation.
Has Assemblyman Juan Ardila responded to the no-confidence vote?
Ardila did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday night.
Queens CB2’s no-confidence vote and resignation demands shame accused sex abuser Juan Ardila.
New York State Assemblyman Juan Ardila (D-Queens) has faced another blow to his political career as Queens Community Board 2 issued a nearly unanimous no-confidence vote on Thursday. The resolution, approved by a 34-1 vote, stated that Ardila had not effectively engaged in legislative activities for which he was elected, and that this lack of advocacy had negatively impacted the district. The vote comes amid accusations of forcible touching and sexual misconduct by two women at a 2015 party, which Ardila no longer denies but refuses to resign over. Despite calls for his resignation from Governor Kathy Hochul, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), and nearly every official in Queens, Ardila has remained in his position. The community board’s vote is the latest in a series of political humiliations for the embattled legislator, including being excluded from a recent photo shoot and a former landlord’s claim that Ardila owes $19,200 in back rent.