Amid a new wave of allegations from two of his former aides, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reiterated on Sunday that he has no plans to resign, as a growing number of state lawmakers are requesting.
Another two former aides to the governor accused him of inappropriate behavior in the workplace on Monday, compounding allegations from three other women made over the past few weeks.
“I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Cuomo said during a Sunday afternoon phone presser, asking the public to wait until the New York Attorney General’s office finishes its investigation into the claims.
Cuomo called the new allegations from Karen Hinton—one of the governor’s former press aides—that he called her to his hotel room and acted inappropriately toward her after a work event in 2000 “not true,” labeling Hinton a “long-time political adversary of mine.”
Responding to separate allegations from Anna Liss, another former aide, who said she felt patronized and diminished by the governor, recounting questions about her love life, Cuomo kissing her hand and touching her lower back at a reception, Cuomo said he would often engage in “friendly banter” with staff, but did not have malicious intent.
“There is no way I resign. Let the attorney general do the investigation and go from there,” Cuomo said, adding that he will not be “distracted” by the allegations, which he deemed “irrelevant” until the attorney general’s report is released.
Cuomo has been accused of inappropriate behavior by four former aides, as well as a former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign who accused the governor of putting his hand on her lower back and trying to kiss her at a wedding reception in September 2019. New York State Attorney General Letitia James, a democrat, is investigating the claims. Cuomo is also facing a federal investigation into his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: Forbes – Business