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Impeach Andrew Cuomo Billboards Appear in New York Amid COVID, Sexual Harassment Scandals
The three-term governor has been embroiled in controversy over the state's handling of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. 787 billboard calls for Gov. Cuomo's impeachment https://t.co/zLDJAO6lFw— WNYT NewsChannel 13 (@WNYT) February 25, 2021 Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for Economic Development and Housing for the state of New York and Cuomo's special adviser, accused him of "sexual harassment and bullying" on Wednesday.New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat, supported Boylan and offered harsh criticism of the governor on Twitter."Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers," Kim wrote.
In aof reports Saturday, two more former aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused him of sexual harassment, adding to a mounting list of allegations that have spurred calls for Cuomo, a Democrat, to — or even to face .
According to Ana Liss, a former policy and operations aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, the governor repeatedly inquired about her personal life, touched her, and on one occasion even kissed her hand. Liss’s allegations were first reported by the, backed by recollections from multiple anonymous former staffers.
Cuomo Agrees to More Independent Investigation Into Harassment Allegations After Calls Mount
"The governor's office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach," Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to the governor, said in a statement Sunday. News: Cuomo administration asks AG James and Court of Appeals chief judge to select investigator of harassment allegations pic.twitter.
Separately, Karen Hinton — a former Cuomo aide who also worked with the now-governor as a consultant when he led the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development — told theSaturday that Cuomo invited her to his hotel, asked her personal questions about her marriage, and hugged her repeatedly in a manner that was “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” when she attempted to leave.
“He pulls me back for another intimate embrace,” Hinton told the Post of the encounter. “I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave.”
Multiple people also confirmed to the Post that Hinton detailed the encounter to them shortly after it occurred in 2000, with one friend stating that Hinton was “really creeped out. It really freaked her out.”
What CNN's Chris Cuomo Has Said About the Andrew Cuomo Allegations
The CNN anchor broke his silence about his under-fire govenor brother in address on Monday night.Chris Cuomo says he is "obviously" aware of the allegations which have engulfed his brother, who is now accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by three woman, but he has recused himself from reporting on the governor.
Cuomo’s office has dismissed both accounts in statements to theand to the , casting Hinton as “a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago” and claiming that hugs and kisses — the behaviors that make up the alleged inappropriate and unwanted physical contact — are just “what people in politics do.”
Liss and Hinton are far from the only former aides to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and misconduct. Both stories are backed by additional anonymous accounts from others who have worked with or for Cuomo — including that of a federal official who told the Post Cuomo kissed her on the cheek in front of colleagues shortly after she began work at HUD — and they are the fourth and fifth named accusers to emerge in recent weeks.
Previously, two other former aides —, now a candidate for Manhattan Borough President, and — accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. A third woman, , who did not work Cuomo, recounted meeting the governor at a friend’s wedding, and says he attempted to kiss her.
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.
Whoa at this pic: A young woman says Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked if he could kiss her at a wedding, and put his hands on her face
Anna Ruch said she felt “uncomfortable and embarrassed” when he did this— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_)
are also backed by a of the encounter. Her story, as well as , was first reported by the New York Times. Boylan first accused Cuomo of misconduct in an in February this year.
According Bennett, Cuomo asked her about her sex life and whether she was interested in older men, among other comments.
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the Times of a June 5 encounter with Cuomo in his Albany office. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”
Cuomo is facing a flurry of misconduct allegations right now
In addition to a slew of sexual harassment allegations, Cuomo is also facing at least two other closely linked scandals that have left his political career in jeopardy.
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Governor Cuomo will no longer be allowed to issue new coronavirus directives and all existing orders will be reviewed by state lawmakers on a monthly basis.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.
Video: Cuomo accuser rejects his public apology in TV interview (Reuters)
One revolves around his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York: Despite afor Cuomo early in the crisis, when New York City was by far and away the hardest-hit area of the country, new reports suggest that the Cuomo administration deliberately manipulated to cast New York’s response in a more favorable light — and to shield the governor from criticism.
, Cuomo aides — none of whom had a background in public health — rewrote a report first produced by New York state health officials to remove a statistic revealing how many nursing home residents died from the virus in the state.
Additionally, aby New York Attorney General Letitia James found that the Cuomo administration initially undercounted those nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent, . After the attorney general’s report was released in late January, the state provided new data that increased the reported number of nursing home deaths in New York by more than 40 percent.
Cuomo’s response to the nursing home scandal has also spun off into a scandal in its own right: In February, New York Assemblyman Ron Kim, who is also a Democrat, said Cuomo allegedlyover Kim’s criticism of Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths in New York, and comments Kim made to the detailing a call Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa had with lawmakers about the deaths.
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But his dream of a fourth term is slipping away.Thousands more people in New York nursing homes died of COVID-19 last spring than was made public at the time, and over the past two weeks, Cuomo’s administration has slowly admitted to hiding the numbers. Two former aides have also stepped forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment, in addition to a third woman who has said he touched her back inappropriately and attempted to give her a kiss that she did not want.
“Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa and what she said. He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience,” Kim toldlast month.
Kim also alleges that Cuomo told him, “We’re in this business together and we don’t cross certain lines, and he said I hadn’t seen his wrath and that he can destroy me.”
Kim’s account has since sparked the revelation of a number of otherabout Cuomo from New York politicians, which were bolstered by Saturday’s about Hinton.
According to the Post, Cuomo “was often consumed by rage and irritation toward [staffers], only to be kind and charming in their next interactions. They found the sharp contrast to be deeply disorienting, with some saying it even drove colleagues to suffer emotional breakdowns.”
In the same story, Kim told thethat Cuomo’s behavior was a pattern.
“He feels untouchable,” Kim said of Cuomo. “Whether it’s verbal or physical abuse, or threatening lawmakers or journalists for doing their jobs, it’s come to a level where it’s so normalized that he doesn’t think twice about behaving that way.”
Cuomo says he isn’t going anywhere
Despite the mounting and diverse set of misconduct allegations facing Cuomo, it’s unclear what the future holds for him. James, the New York attorney general, has opened an independent civilinto sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo, and Saturday’s revelations could intensify pressure on the governor to step down of his own accord.
Andrew Cuomo Says Resigning Over Harassment Allegations Would Be 'Anti-Democratic'
"There is no way I resign," the embattled New York governor told reporters on Sunday amid mounting pressure.Five women have come forward publicly to accuse the Democratic governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior. The first was Lindsey Boylan, a former Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor in the Cuomo administration, who accused the governor in December of sexually harassing her when she worked for him.
Already, at least one member of New York’s congressional delegation, Rep. Kathleen Rice, has.
The time has come. The Governor must resign.— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice)
And on Thursday, New York’s Senate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, indicated that she too wouldif more sexual harassment allegations surfaced. Since then, two more women — Liss and Hinton — have gone on the record accusing Cuomo of sexual misconduct.
Thus far, however, Cuomo has, though he issued an apology of sorts at a press conference Wednesday.
“I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation, for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone. I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”
Even if Cuomo does stay in office, the recent tide of scandals could undercut his political future in the state. He will be up for reelection in 2022, if he does choose to seek a fourth term as New York governor, and, he might well face a difficult primary to claim the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
“Whether he resigns or not, there will be no shortage of candidates in 2022,” one anonymous sourceof Cuomo’s plight. “Donors and consultants have begun reaching out to prospective candidates because they see the writing on the wall.”
Finally, Cuomo’s eventual political fate could have far broader implications for the Democratic Party:has written, “what happens next” — whether resignation, impeachment, or an eventual primary repudiation — “will show how Democrats handle sexual misconduct allegations against one of their own more than three years after the Me Too movement started making headlines.”
Andrew Cuomo is facing an extraordinary rebuke from his own party .
The New York governor calls the growing calls for his resignation “cancel culture.”The rapidly escalating pressure on Cuomo by politicians from his own party has raised questions over whether he’ll be able to govern effectively at a time when he has been tasked with overseeing the state’s management of a complex public health crisis, including the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and safely reopening businesses.