Published: Wed, March 03, 2021

NY politicians support investigation into Cuomo harassment allegations

NY politicians support investigation into Cuomo harassment allegations

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Monday that her office would begin an independent investigation, which included subpoena power, into allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.

She told The New York Times late Monday that she had met the governor for the first time at a September 2019 wedding reception.

The woman who spoke to The New York Times about Cuomo's conduct at the wedding, Anna Ruch, hasn't responded to request for comment from The Associated Press.

The 50-year-old television journalist addressed allegations made against the 63-year-old politician on Monday night (March 1) on his CNN show.

U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island was one of the highest-profile New York Democrats to call for Mr. Cuomo to step down. This only a couple of days after a former staffer accused the governor of sexual harassment.

Bennett's lawyer, Debra Katz, said her client will cooperate fully with the attorney general's investigation. He denied ever inappropriately touching or propositioning anyone.

Jordan Jayson said: 'Anyone who doubts @LindseyBoylan should just watch Cuomo take his COVID test - LIVE - where he tells the female doctor giving the test that she 'makes that gown look good'.

While Cuomo never tried to touch her, "I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared", she said.

She stopped short of calling on Cuomo to resign, as some of her fellow Democratic legislators have done. He denied Boylan's allegations in his statement and said that in Bennett's case, he had meant to act like a mentor.


Andrew Cuomo is seen last Wednesday at the opening of a state-FEMA mass vaccination site at York College in Queens. There is agreement though that the nursing home investigation and now a probe into the governor's alleged sexual harassment has become a distraction.

Lindsey Boylan, who formerly worked for the state's economic development authority and in Mr. Cuomo's office, said last week that Mr. Cuomo suggested that they play strip poker during a 2017 airplane ride and kissed her on the lips after a 2018 meeting in his Manhattan office.

The allegations against Cuomo emerged nearly exactly a year after the high-profile sexual assault trial in NY of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein ended in a conviction, and more than three years after the #MeToo movement took hold.

She tweeted Monday about Ruch's alleged experience with the governor, saying, "This doesn't make me feel validated".

"I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married".

"The notion that his behaviour was simply unwanted "flirtation" that may have caused "offence" entirely ignores a workplace hierarchy in which he - the governor of the state - was positioned at the very top", Tuerkheimer said.

Assemblyman Matt Simpson, R-Horicon, said while he was glad the Legislature was acting on a "way overdue" action, he was unhappy the Democratic Assembly and Senate leaders made this decision without involving Republican members.

His statement drew immediate backlash from critics who said he was throwing responsibility onto the women for perceiving his statements wrongly.

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