New York Gov. Cuomo Says He Won’t Resign Over Allegations He Acted Inappropriately

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seen in February, said Sunday he wouldn’t resign ‘because of allegations.’


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he won’t resign despite a third former aide accusing him of acting inappropriately in the workplace.

“I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Mr. Cuomo said Sunday in a press call, adding that the state attorney general’s office should carry out an investigation into accusations made by former aides.

Several state Democratic lawmakers have called for him to resign over the allegations.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that former aide Ana Liss said Mr. Cuomo asked her if she had a boyfriend, called her sweetheart, touched her on her lower back at a reception and once kissed her hand when she rose from her desk.

Ms. Liss, now 35 years old, served as a policy and operations aide to Mr. Cuomo between 2013 and 2015. She said the actions by Mr. Cuomo were unsolicited and occurred in the first year while she sat at her desk, which was near his office in the Executive Chamber of the New York State Capitol in Albany.

Ms. Liss is the third former aide to the governor to accuse him of inappropriate behavior. Two other aides, Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan, have accused him of sexual harassment.

In response to questions about Ms. Liss, Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Mr. Cuomo said Saturday: “Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures. At the public open-house mansion reception, there are hundreds of people, and he poses for hundreds of pictures. That’s what people in politics do.”

Mr. Cuomo said in a public appearance last week that this behavior was customary for him.

“I understand that sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed, and I get it. And I’m going to learn from it,” he said.

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Source: WSJ – US News

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