Two more women who are former aides of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have come forward with new allegations of misconduct, bringing the total number of accusers to five as top NY lawmakers call on him to resign.
New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing two more accusations of sexual harassment from former aides, bringing the total number of women who have accused him of misconduct to five.
Karen Hinton, a former press aide for Cuomo, spoke to the Washington Post and alleged that the governor engaged in inappropriate physical contact. Hinton said the governor inappropriately hugged her twice after calling her to his “dimly lit” hotel room during a work function in 2000. Hinton, who is married, says the embrace was “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate.” Then she told the post that “he [Cuomo] pulls me back for another intimate embrace.”
“I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things,” Hinton added, “so I just pull away again, and I leave.”
The second woman to come forward is Ana Liss, a former policy and operations aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015. Liss told the Wall Street Journal that the governor called her “sweetheart” and asked if she had a boyfriend. She said he touched her lower back and kissed her hand.
Liss said that she thought Cuomo’s actions were initially harmless flirtations, the Daily Wire reported.
Liss told Fox she came to believe that Governor Cuomo’s actions “diminish her from an educated professional to ‘just a skirt.'”
“It’s not appropriate, really, in any setting,” Liss added.
At least two top lawmakers from the state of New York are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to tender his recognition, NBC reported, while others are concerned about his “ability to continue to lead [the] state.”
In a statement, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, said the allegations against the governor are “drawing away from the business of government.”
“We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project,” Stewart-Cousins said. “New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it.”
“We need to govern without daily distraction,” Stewart-Cousins added. “For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
Democratic State Sen. Liz Krueger from Manhattan also called on Cuomo to step down
“Our state is rightly crying out for truthful, transparent government,” Krueger said. “The people’s business is too pressing to continue to be derailed in this way.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie called the allegations “deeply disturbing.” While not specifically calling for Cuomo to step down, she voiced her concerned, saying that she shared Stewart-Cousins’ “sentiment” about “the governor’s ability to continue to lead this state.”
“I think it is time for the governor to seriously consider whether he [Cuomo] can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York,” Heastie said.
As misconduct and harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Sunday, he defiantly vowed not to step down, Fox reported. Cuomo insisted he would stay put while New York Attorney General Letitia James completes her investigation into the multiple accusations against him.
“I was elected by the people of the state,” Cuomo said during a conference call. “I’m not going to resign because of allegations.”
“There is no way I resign.”
Como said the calls for him to resign before the investigation was completed as “antidemocratic.”
“In the meantime I’m not going to get distracted by this,” Cuomo said. “What is determinative is what the attorney general finds.”