CUOMO DOUBLES DOWN! Investigation Finds Gov Cuomo Harassed 11 Women, Retaliated Against Staffer

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides COVID-19 update and announces that MTA and Port Authority employees working in New York facilities will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting Labor Day.

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An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo harassed nearly a dozen women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday, hastening calls for the Democrat’s resignation or impeachment.

The governor remained defiant, saying in a taped response to the findings that “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed” and that he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate advances.”

The nearly five-month investigation found that Cuomo’s administration was a hostile work environment “rife with fear and intimidation.” The probe, led by two outside lawyers, involved interviews with 179 people including accusers, current and former administration employees and the governor himself.

Anne Clark, who led the probe with former U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, said they found 11 accusers to be credible, noting their allegations were corroborated to varying degrees, including by other witnesses and contemporaneous text messages.

“These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The investigation’s findings, detailed in a 165-page public report, turn up the pressure on the 63-year-old governor, who just a year ago was widely hailed for his steady leadership during the darkest days of the COVID-19 crisis, even writing a book about it.

Since then, he’s seen his standing crumble with a drumbeat of harassment allegations, questions in a separate, ongoing inquiry into whether state resources went into writing the book, and the discovery that his administration concealed the true number of nursing home deaths during the outbreak.

While James concluded the investigation without referring the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges, local authorities could use its evidence and findings to mount their own cases. Albany District Attorney David Soares said he will be requesting material from James’ office and welcomed victims to contact his office with information.

The investigation’s findings are also expected to play an important role in an ongoing state Assembly inquiry into whether there are grounds to impeach Cuomo. The Assembly has hired its own legal team to investigate myriad allegations regarding harassment, his book, nursing homes and special access to COVID-19 testing.

Several Cuomo accusers demanded swifter action, calling on the governor to leave office immediately. Some Democratic and Republican state lawmakers joined them, along with one-time Cuomo allies including county executives and leaders of left-leaning political groups.

“Resign, @NYGovCuomo,” Cuomo accuser and former aide Charlotte Bennett tweeted.

Cuomo’s lawyer issued a written rebuttal to the investigation’s findings. Cuomo said he was hiring an expert to reform harassment training for state employees, including the governor.

In his taped response, Cuomo apologized to two accusers.

Still, Cuomo equivocated and lashed out at the investigative process, saying it was rife with “politics and bias.” He explained that he’s been physically embracing people his whole life, that his mother and father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, had done the same and that the gesture was meant to “convey warmth.”

“For those who are using this moment to score political points or seek publicity or personal gain. I say they actually discredit the legitimate harassment victims that the law was designed to protect,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo faced multiple allegations last winter that he inappropriately harassed women who worked with him or who he met at public events.

In an 11-hour interview with investigators last month, Cuomo admitted to certain behavior while denying other allegations, investigators said.

The revelations last winter led to a chorus of calls for Cuomo’s resignation from many top elected Democrats in New York, including U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

But Cuomo refused to quit and has been raising money for a fourth term in office. His position on the allegations has also hardened. Cuomo always denied inappropriate behavior, but he initially said he was sorry if his behavior with women was “misinterpreted.” He got more combative in recent months, saying he did nothing wrong and questioning the motives of accusers and critics.

He has also questioned the neutrality of the lawyers leading the probe. Kim, was involved in previous investigations of corruption by people in Cuomo’s administration.

Cuomo championed a landmark 2019 state law that made it easier for sexual harassment victims to prove their case in court. Alleged victims no longer have to meet the high bar of proving sexual harassment is “severe and pervasive.”

(AP)


7 COMMENTS

  1. I plead with him not to resign! Now with the surging variant we want a governor that will make very strong rules for covid protection! So if the need comes to closing shuls, schools etc. , He’ll make the right decisions to save lives!

  2. I assume your headline is a rhetorical question.
    Of course Cuomo will NOT resign. He NEVER will. The NY State Assembly is thee most corrupt in the nation. The NYS Senate is right behind them. Being good liberals, they will circle the wagons for one of their own. They will NEVER impeach their King. He will win his re-election for Governor in a landslide of epic proportions. Lee Zeldin??? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Seriously?! No democrat or Liberal will be voting for any weak kneed Rino. King Cuomo is here to stay.

  3. Of course this egotistic Baal gaavah is going to hang on as long as he can. People like him don’t give up easily. He’s too used to being the final word and will not let go of his God like powers.

  4. This is the sort of Kvittel Cuomo is receiving for having shuttered all Shuls on הושענא רבה.
    Had he left the Shuls open, he would have had a better Kvittel