A female member of Gov. Cuomo’s staff on Tuesday become the sixth woman to accuse him of inappropriate conduct, according to a report — as the state’s embattled leader claimed to be unaware of the latest bombshell threatening his political life.
The woman told associates that Cuomo touched her inappropriately late last year inside the governor’s mansion after she was summoned there on official business, the Albany Times Union said.
This seems to be someone still on staff, who apparently told others about it some time ago, but didn't file a formal complaint. Now people above her have told the governor's laywers about her claim. So I guess this is one that's not new at all; the woman assumed (rightly, imo) that nothing would have happened if she made an official complaint and opted not to move forward. I really hope this is what she wanted to do, now. If not, thrusting her into the limelight against her wishes would, I think, be very wrong.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly reached under a female aide’s blouse and groped her inside the Executive Mansion in Albany, according to a report Wednesday.
The incident allegedly unfolded after the much-younger woman was summoned to help the 63-year-old governor fix a problem with his cellphone, the Albany Times Union said.
The woman told him to stop, the newspaper reported.
The allegations are the most serious yet made against Cuomo, who’s previously been accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by five other women, four of whom were his aides at the time.
The latest accuser says that the incident took place on the second floor of the Executive Mansion in Albany and that it wasn’t the first time Cuomo touched her, the Times Union said.
The paper, which said it was withholding her identity, said her account was relayed by a person with direct knowledge of her claims.
This may be time's up for Cuomo. Barring a retraction from the person, I don't see how this is going away.
The NY senate majority leader called for his resignation a few days ago but thus far the legislature hasn't talked about impeachment yet, which seems...odd. Most of the NY state dems are being suspiciously silent on the issue. It's past time for him to go but if the Dems try to protect him on this (even more than they've already protected him given all his other dangerous missteps), I think the entire state party's reputation will be in serious jeopardy. Somebody from the state Dems other than the majority leader needs to speak up within the next 48 hours. They need to make a push now.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie authorized the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Thursday evening.
This decision came after Heastie, a Democrat, met privately with members to discuss “potential paths forward,” the Speaker wrote in a statement.
The guy is just in the way at this point. Many people are, predictably, saying "but Trump" here, and it's a completely fair point. But the reality is that being a douchey pig is more costly to a Dem pol than to a Repub pol. Unfair, but it is what it is. Cuomo's career is in tatters, though I'm betting he'll have no problem getting a gig on CNN in the near future...
The writer wrote a book on Cuomo that was published in 2015, The Contender. In the article, he lists "12 hard truths" he learned about Cuomo. Here they are (he fleshes them out in the piece, but I'm just listing them):
He had to win at any cost.
He had a hard edge—and liked to play hardball.
He had a harsh management style.
The press was the enemy.
At times, he followed the money.
He hated what he couldn’t control.
He demeaned his subordinates.
His personal life could get messy.
As attorney general and governor, he grew more demanding with those around him.
Like Trump, he belittled and mistrusted his political rivals.
It all went back to the family.
He never changes
Now, I submit that every bullet point there could be said about Trump, apart from the family thing.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's 'vaccine czar' has admitted to calling up county officials to gauge their support for the embattled Democrat, leading to concerns that distribution of doses could be tied to political support.
Larry Schwartz, head of the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, admitted to the Washington Post that he made the phone calls, but insisted his political outreach was entirely separate from the vaccine plan.
Of course it was an implicit threat from the governor. Otherwise, why in the world would the guy in charge of the Covid vaccines be making these kinds of calls? He shouldn't have the time to be doing such a thing and if Cuomo actually carried about getting people vaccinated, he sure as hell wouldn't interfere with the people running the show.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave family members, including his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, special access to state-administered COVID-19 tests in the early days of the pandemic, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
The Post, which cited three unnamed people with knowledge of the situation, reported that a top state doctor made house calls to some of the governor’s family members or close associates, including his brother, to administer the tests. Chris Cuomo tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic.
Chris Cuomo, his sister and their mom, Matilda Cuomo, were tested several times at the direction of Gov. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, the Albany Times-Union reported.
Other allies to the administration and some state legislators and their staffers also received early testing, the report said.
Responding to the report, a CNN spokesperson said: “It is not surprising that in the earliest days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance, as any human being would.”
“HOO boy who thought THIS would help?” Keith Olbermann, a former MSNBC host, wrote.
Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette, said: “anyone” here being the governor of New York, his brother, who he was also having on his television show.”
Radio host Derek Hunter tweeted that CNN’s response was, “a long-winded version of ‘Don’t you know who I am?'”
What’s even more remarkable is that on May 6 — just weeks after Gov. Cuomo provided special COVID testing and treatment for him — Chris Cuomo “interviewed” his brother and began the interviewing by noting that New York State lacks the resources to provide COVID testing to the public at large. So not only did they conceal that they had both just used state resources to get Chris that scarce testing, but they both acknowledged that there was a resource shortage to serve the general public, even as Gov. Cuomo was lavishing those resources on his own family. Just watch the first minute here:
Even worse, Cuomo spoke openly on CNN about his COVID diagnosis and what he was doing for it. But he concealed from the public the fact that the Governor of New York arranged for him to have special treatment and state-funded access to tests that were unavailable to most of the public. Indeed, Cuomo has been repeatedly caught lying over CNN’s airwaves about his COVID condition — such as when he was caught outside arguing with a cyclist while he claimed he was in quarantine with COVID, and another time when he was shaming people on air for not using masks while he was being warned by his own building that he would be fined if he continued to circulate there without a mask. But now something far worse is revealed: that he was the beneficiary of exactly the kind of abuse of power that journalists (at least in theory) exist to expose.
And yet CNN — which has spent the year relentlessly shaming anyone who is even slightly off-key when it comes to COVID — is defending and even glorifying what their host did in corruptly obtaining for himself medical care unavailable to the broader public. This is the statement the cable network provided to media outlets through its spokesman Matt Dornic:
We generally do not get involved in the medical decisions of our employees. However, it is not surprising that in the earliest days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance, as any human being would.
Ponder what they are saying. It is unsurprising that someone in Chris Cuomo’s position would want special privileges. Of course it’s unsurprising: everyone has a motive for wanting special privileges for themselves. The same exact defense CNN offered here could be made if Chris Cuomo had instead bribed state officials to provide him special medical treatment unavailable to the general public, or if he had broken into the home of another sick person to steal their medication that he could not obtain for himself. It would be understandable that a person with COVID would want to do this, in the sense that it is a rational motive. But the fact that Cuomo had a rational motive for doing this does not make it less corrupt, unethical or amoral. There are all sorts of things that it may be “understandable” for us to want for ourselves that the law, morality and/or ethics nonetheless prevents us from obtaining.
CNN’s attempt to cast this as an invasion of Cuomo’s private medical decisions is insultingly dishonest. Nobody cares about this because they are interested in what took place in the intimate setting between Cuomo and his physician. The issue — obviously — is that this person who CNN presents as a “journalist” clearly abused his influence and power, along with his brother, by using state resources for his own benefit and jumping in front of a line that almost certainly deprived people more in need of getting COVID tests at a time when they were scarce. The issue is not Cuomo’s medical privacy but the abuse of power in which he participated with his brother, the Governor of New York.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the results of an investigation into allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.”
Independent investigators found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a "hostile work environment" that was "rife with fear and intimidation," she said. “I am inspired by all of the brave women who came forward. But more importantly, I believe them and thank them for their bravery.”
As the article notes, Biden has already made his bed, here. He should be pressuring Cuomo to step down. If he doesn't, he'll piss off a powerful ally in James.