World Cuomo Rebuked By His Own Party As Entire Democratic Faction Removes His Emergency Powers
Karen Hinton, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Corroborates Lindsey Boylan's Account of Governor's Bullying
"Day to day, he made me feel as if I were no good at my job and thus totally dependent on him to keep it. In Cuomo's world—and he would never admit this even to himself—working for him is like a 1950′s version of marriage," Hinton wrote in an op-ed.In an op-ed published in the New York Daily News, Hinton described Cuomo as a "bully" who exercised "total control," and made disparaging comments toward her.
New York lawmakers voted to strip Governorof his emergency pandemic powers on Friday morning.
Members of the State Legislature voted on a measure that will allow the state Legislature to repeal any of Cuomo's executive orders at any time using a simple majority vote.
The New York Statevoted along party lines, with 43 voting in favor and 20 , who wanted a total repeal, against.
NY Democratic Officials Call for Cuomo's Resignation Following 2nd Sexual Harassment Allegation
At least two Democratic members of New York's state legislature urged the governor to resign on Saturday, while others insisted that an independent investigation investigate his alleged conduct.Charlotte Bennett, 25, left Cuomo's administration in November after serving as a health policy adviser. Bennett told the Times that the governor asked her if she had ever dated an older man, and said he was open to relationships with women of her age, during her time working in the administration.
Shortly after, the New York Assembly voted 107-43 in favor of the bill to scale back Cuomo's emergency powers.
Under the new legislation, the governor will be barred from issuing any new directives. However, those that are currently in place will remain and can still be modified by Cuomo, with the approval of the Legislature.
Existing COVID-10 restrictions enacted by Cuomo, including vaccinations and mask mandates, will need to be reviewed by the Legislature every 30 days going forward.
While lawmakers largely agreed with the executive orders Cuomo has implemented since the coronavirus pandemic began a year ago, many said during Friday's debate that it was important to vote on the measure to signal that they do not agree with the way the Cuomo administration has mishandled some of the state's COVID-19 response.
Fact Check: Did Cuomo Call For Lawmaker to Resign Amid Sexual Harassment Claims?
As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces calls to resign amid sexual harassment allegations, some critics recalled old statements Cuomo made when other lawmakers faced similar accusations.Two former staffers, Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan, shared experiences with the governor's alleged "pervasive harassment." This includes unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues, inappropriate questions about romantic and sexual relationships, and nonconsensual physical advances, according to Newsweek.
Cuomo's emergency powers were originally set to expire on April 30, but lawmakers were forced to block the governor's future actions after a damning report from New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed that his administrationin the state's nursing homes.
After James' announcement, state health officials confirmed the report hours later as new public data brought up the overall death toll in those facilities by more than 40 percent.
Cuomo'sthe governor for suppressing the death toll and demand that he be held accountable by restricting his emergency powers.
Tensions were further exacerbated after arevealed that the governor withheld the COVID-19 metrics to avoid a federal investigation under the administration of then-President .
Cuomo's Staff Failed to Follow Law by Not Investigating Sex Harassment Claims: Accuser's Lawyer
Cuomo's accuser said that his chief of staff and general counsel decided not to investigate her sexual harassment claims because nothing "serious happened," adding, "It was just grooming."Bennett had previously said that on the date in question, Cuomo asked Bennett to turn off a tape recorder she had been using to take dictation in the governor's office. She alleged that he then began propositioning her for sex.
Republicans, who have long advocated that Cuomo's powers be revoked, argue that the measure does not go far enough.
"This is a bill about nothing," Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt said, criticizing Democrats for not voting for an Amendment offered by Republicans that pushes for a total repeal of his powers.
Republican Assemblyman Rob Smullen said all the directives should be taken out "And, then with the legislature in session go line by line, directive by directive and vote and explain to all of our people why their freedoms, why their liberties have been taken for the last year, and decide which ones are necessary for the public health and safety."
But Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, defended the bill, saying it "immediately repeals the governor's expanded emergency powers and he cannot issue any new directives going forward."
"We are still in the thick of a pandemic, but the emergency part is over. So we have spent weeks debating how to do this," Democrat Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, a cosponsor of the bill, said.
"There are a number of orders out there on vaccines, the fact that they can be done in gymnasiums or done in pharmacies, those are things that have not been legislated... if we rescinded every order when we take up this bill tomorrow, we could potentially disrupt vaccines. That is the last thing anybody wants to do," Fahy added.
What Andrew Cuomo's Five Accusers Have Said About His Alleged Sexual Misconduct
The New York Governor has denied accusations of physically improper conduct. Three former aides and two more women have now made such claims.The claims bring the total of women who have spoken out against Cuomo to five, since Lindsey Boylan first accused the 63-year-old of creating a culture of "sexual harassment and bullying" within his team.
On Thursday, a New York Times report found that top Cuomo aides rewrote nursing home data in June to conceal the numbers from the public, raising concerns as to how long the administration has actively underreported COVID-19 deaths.
Cuomo has also sparked controversy in recent weeks aftercame forward with claims of sexual harassment by the governor.
, Cuomo apologized for his previous conduct around his former female staff and said he agreed to the terms of the measure that would restrict his emergency powers.
The governorthat he will not resign and called on New Yorkers to wait on the findings of a before forming an opinion.
Schumer Says Cuomo Lost New Yorkers' Confidence, Pelosi Dodges Calls for His Resignation .
House Speaker Pelosi said the embattled New York governor "should look inside his heart to see if he can govern effectively."Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, reiterated his call for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Sunday as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, stopped short of doing so—instead urging the governor to determine whether he can still govern effectively.