New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned on Wednesday that he is not going to resign over a number of allegations of sexual harassment by younger ladies and as an alternative provided an apology and a willingness to “fully cooperate” with an investigation into his conduct.
“I’m not going to resign,” he mentioned throughout a news convention and argued that requires his resignation had been politically motivated.
Cuomo’s public profile and his recognition rose final yr when New York was the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic within the United States, and he started conducting every day televised coronavirus updates.
His reassuring perspective received him favour amongst New Yorkers who throughout statewide lockdowns had been glued to his prolonged news conferences, throughout which he talked in regards to the virus, politics and his household.
In November, he received an Emmy award.
But in current weeks, his administration has been engulfed in a collection of scandals.
Two ladies, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, who beforehand labored in his administration, have accused him of sexual misconduct.
And on March 1, a 3rd lady, Anna Ruch, 33, whom he had by no means met earlier than, accused him of constructing undesirable sexual advances throughout a marriage. An image emerged of Cuomo, who’s 63, touching her face.
“You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people, men, women – it is my usual and customary way of greeting,” Cuomo claimed.
But he added that he felt “awful” and “embarrassed” by the allegations.
“I didn’t know at the time I was making her feel uncomfortable. However, what I also understand is, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter my intent, what matters is, if anybody was offended by it,” he mentioned. “[I]f they were offended by it, I apologise and if they were hurt by it, I apologise and if they felt pain from it, I apologise, I apologise.”
Following the news convention, Boylan responded to Cuomo and mentioned his declare that he was unaware he was making feminine workers really feel uncomfortable within the office makes him unfit for workplace.
“How can New Yorkers trust you to lead our state if you ‘don’t know’ when you’ve been inappropriate with your own staff?” she wrote in a tweet.
How can New Yorkers belief you @NYGovCuomo to steer our state when you “don’t know” once you’ve been inappropriate with your individual workers?
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 3, 2021
New York Attorney General Letitia James introduced the investigation into the harassment claims, and that impartial investigators will lead the trouble.
The allegations come following scrutiny over his dealing with of the coronavirus in nursing houses, with accusations that his administration undercounted deaths in nursing houses and applied insurance policies which will have induced much more deaths.
A federal probe has been launched into the problem.
Calls for his resignation and appeals for an investigation into his behaviour got here even from members of his personal occasion. At least 25 Democratic officers have publicly known as for his resignation, in keeping with an inventory compiled by NBC.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who typically publicly spars with Cuomo, informed CNN on Monday, “If these allegations, if these charges are proven, there’s just no way he can govern.”
Cuomo maintained that he wouldn’t succumb to such calls.
“Some politicians will always play politics, that’s the nature of the beast,” Cuomo mentioned. “I wasn’t elected by politicians, I was elected by the people of the state of New York.”