A new sexual harassment allegation hangs over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently denied all allegations against him.
A sixth woman, who still remains anonymous, alleged that Cuomo touched her inappropriately at the governor’s mansion last year. She is a member of governor’s mansion staff.
Faced with the new accusation exposed by the Albany Times Union, the Governor pointed out that he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and that there is an investigation about it that “will stick to the facts.”
“You don’t know any facts, do you? You know the allegations. You don’t know the facts. Let’s operate on the facts. And we have an investigation. Qualified investigators backed by the Attorney General. Let’s get the facts and then we can have a discussion about the facts,” he responded to a reporter in a conference call on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to the woman who reported the incident at the governor’s mansion, five other women, some of them Cuomo aides, have accused him of sexual misconduct and unwanted touching. Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, alleged that the Governor kissed her without her consent.
So far, nearly three dozen lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, have called on the Governor to resign and he refuses to do so.
Democratic Assemblyman Dick Gottfried issued a statement asserting that it is in New York’s best interest for Cuomo to resign.
“Multiple and growing credible allegations of sexual harassment and recent reports detailing the cover-up of the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are extremely disturbing and make it clear that Governor Cuomo is no longer the right governor for New York. It is clear that the best thing for New York is for Governor Cuomo to resign,” said Gottfried.
Recently, legislator Andrea Stewart-Cousins issued a statement calling on Cuomo to resign, while New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie followed suit.
“The time has come for the governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York,” Heastie said.
However, this Sunday Cuomo reiterated that wouldn’t resign and attacked politicians who have called for his resignation in recent days.
“I’m not going to resign over allegations,” said the Governor, who has six sexual harassment complaints from women who accused him of inappropriate behavior.
The allegations against Cuomo
In addition to the new accusation from a woman who remains anonymous, there is the complaint from Ana Liss, who was Policy and Operations Assistant in the Cuomo Administration starting in 2013.
“For me, there was one occasion when the governor asked me if I had a boyfriend. Those interactions, I thought at the time, were harmless flirtations (…) Other women accepted it and reacted politely and coyly to that kind of treatment,” she said.
“I’m not alleging sexual harassment per se. I’m just saying it wasn’t a safe space for young women to work or for women in general,” Liss charged.
These allegations began a few weeks ago when Lindsey Boylan, who worked as an assistant to Cuomo, published a letter in which she recounted how “bullying” within his administration was “so pervasive” that it was “tolerated” and “expected.”
Also, Charlotte Bennett, who worked as a deputy health aide for the New York State Government, and Anna Ruch, who coincidentally met Cuomo in an assembly hall, recounted another series of episodes of alleged misconduct by the governor.
Likewise Karen Hinton, who headed the Department of Housing and Urban Development, noted that he frequently embraced her “too tightly and intimately” and even once invited her to his hotel room during a work trip to California.