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Politics Democratic NY legislator: Sexual harassment allegations show 'clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power'

23:08  03 march  2021
23:08  03 march  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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  ‘Hard to see the path out’: Cuomo besieged as crises grow "It appears he's earned himself a primary," said New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.Now, two months later, he’s embroiled in two major scandals and facing a daily onslaught of questions about deaths in nursing homes, accusations of sexual impropriety and growing speculation that his political career may be in jeopardy.

Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment .Seth Wenig/Pool via AP. “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. In her 1,700-plus-word essay, Boylan said DeRosa and “other top women” around Cuomo “normalized” his alleged harassment so “that only now do I realize how insidious his abuse was.” Boylan also posted screenshots of government emails, including one in which Cuomo ’ s executive secretary, Stephanie Benton, purportedly passed along a message from him that referenced a reported former girlfriend to show

Andrew M. Cuomo of New York is confronting one of the most tumultuous moments of his three terms in office after two women who once worked for his administration accused him of sexually harassing them. Under immense public and political pressure, the governor’ s office asked the state attorney general to appoint someone to conduct an outside investigation into the sexual harassment claims against Cuomo , a Democrat . On Sunday evening, Cuomo issued an apology of sorts, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.

New York state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) on Wednesday said the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) from three different women show "a clear pattern" of an "abuse of power" for which the legislator said the governor must "be held accountable."

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: Democratic NY legislator: Sexual harassment allegations show 'clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power' © Getty Democratic NY legislator: Sexual harassment allegations show 'clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power'

Kim said on Hill.TV's "Rising" that lawmakers have "seen enough" of Cuomo's "predatory behaviors and abuse of power."

"The credible allegations of sexual harassment made by these brave women coming forward show a clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power, and I believe the governor will be held accountable for sexual harassment," Kim said.

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  WH Press Secretary Calls Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations 'Serious' and 'Hard to Read' "President Biden has been consistent that he believes every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect and with dignity," Jen Psaki said.Cuomo, a Democrat, is facing significant criticism and scrutiny after two former staffers came forward alleging the governor sexually harassed them. Lindsey Boylan, who served as deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser in the Cuomo administration from 2015 to 2018, first came out publicly with allegations against the governor back in December.

Cuomo ’ s statement on sexual harassment allegations against him. Mar.01 -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for a “thorough investigation" into Governor Andrew Cuomo over allegations of sexual harassment and a coverup over Covid deaths in nursing homes.

Cuomo ’ s office therefore has called on New York ’s attorney general and its chief appellate court judge to jointly choose an independent counsel to “conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report,” Garvey said. In his initial statement, Cuomo denied that he’d made advances toward his latest accuser, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, and called for an “outside review” of her allegations . NEW: statement from ⁦@NYGovCuomo⁩ on latest sexual harassment allegation from former aide Charlotte Bennett.


Video: Cuomo sexual harassment allegations remain unaddressed by National Governors Association, which he chairs (FOX News)

"But to be clear, a resignation does not equate to accountability," the assemblyman, who last month said Cuomo threatened him, continued. "We still need to thoroughly investigate his actions of allowing top donors to write deadly policies like corporate immunity for nursing homes, and we must charge him for sexual harassment."

In addressing Cuomo's office admitting that it intentionally withheld data on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes, Kim argued that the governor "prioritized the interests of his top corporate donors, hospital and nursing home donors, over saving people's lives."

"For this, he needs to be held accountable, because 15,000 families deserve justice," referring to the total number of coronavirus deaths recorded in long-term care facilities in the state.

Watch part of Kim's interview above.

Andrew Cuomo: New York state senate majority leader joins growing Democratic calls for the New York governor to resign .
The walls are closing in on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 2: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference at the National Press Club May 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Following a closed-door meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Cuomo leveled criticism at Republican senators and other politicians that he said want to limit federal aid for New York to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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