Pressure mounts on New York Governor after third allegation of sexual advances

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 3, 2021

Calls for NY governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation intensified late Monday after a third woman accused him of offensive behaviour, saying he'd touched her face and back and asked to kiss her moments after they met at a wedding reception.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Tuesday said they would take up a resolution repealing a law enacted a year ago that let the Democratic governor issue edicts that had the force of law.

"The public deserves to have checks and balances", said Ms. Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers.

In a series of interviews with the New York Times Charlotte Bennett, who was 24 when she began working in an entry-level position for the governor, described a pattern of advances where Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous and if she had ever had sex with older men.

"But if he loses the support of the party, and that is happening, he has no future or fourth term".

"Coincidentally, Cuomo is the one who expanded the sexual harassment laws that now cover contractors, independent contractors, sub-contractors", says Bell.

Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, has not been seen in public since new details of the sexual harassment complaints became public last week.

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.

Hours later, Anna Ruch, 33, told the New York Times that she met the now 63-year-old Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019. She has not commented on the video as of Tuesday afternoon. Andrew Cuomo to resign after three women accused him of offensive behavior.

Attorney General Letitia James received a letter Monday from Cuomo's office authorizing her to take charge of the probe after a weekend of wrangling over who should investigate.

"I understand that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared", Bennett told the Times.

The letter authorizing James' investigation said that all state employees have been directed to cooperate fully with the review.

Legislation was passed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to give Cuomo the emergency powers to respond to the pandemic.

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'.

The photograph published in the Times on Monday night was taken at the wedding of Gareth Rhodes and Alexa Kissinger, according to people familiar with the event.

He added that most people around the country "don't think Cuomo is going to resign".

"Directives will not be continuously modified or extended unless the governor has responded to comments provided by the chairs of relevant committees", a release says.

The Democrat Governor, who shot to worldwide fame during his daily briefings at the height of the coronavirus spread in his state in early 2020, faces calls for him to resign following earlier allegations made by two former aides about sexual harassment in the workplace. Mr. Cuomo said in a written statement that he never made any advances toward Ms. Bennett, 25, and never meant to make her feel uncomfortable.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE