On Tuesday, a new report was published, revealing yet another accuser who alleged that Cuomo inappropriately touched her late last year at the governor’s mansion, where she had been summoned to work. In response to these surmounting accusations of sexual harassment, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the longest-serving member of the state Legislature, called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign with immediate effect.
Although the identity of the latest accuser has not been revealed, a supervisor in the governor’s office became aware of the new allegation over the weekend, the newspaper reported. The complaint was then reported to the governor’s legal counsel and to the office of state Attorney General Letitia James, who is overseeing an investigation into Cuomo’s workplace conduct.
Reacting to this storm that has hit the New York Governor, along with an already worrying nursing home scandal, 73-year-old Adam Gottfried said in a statement Tuesday, “Multiple and growing credible allegations of sexual harassment and recent reports detailing the cover-up of the true COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes are extremely disturbing and make it clear that Governor Cuomo is no longer the right governor for New York. It is clear that it is best for Governor Cuomo to resign.” Gottfried is the highest-ranking Democratic Assemblymember to call for Cuomo’s resignation.
Reacting to this latest statement after several of Cuomo’s fellows have publicly pressed him to resign, a spokesman for the Governor referred to his comments, saying, “There are some legislators who suggest that I resign because of accusations that are made against me. I was elected by the people of the state, I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations. The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic and we’ve always done the exact opposite.”
When asked about the story of allegedly touching a woman inappropriately at the Executive Mansion in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo said: “I am not aware of any other claim. As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched anyone inappropriately. As I said last week, I never made any inappropriate advances.”
Speaking generally about sexual harassment allegations made against him, Cuomo told reporters: “I never touched anyone inappropriately. As I said last week, I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable.”
Cuomo’s special counsel, Beth Garvey, also wouldn’t confirm the existence of the complaint but said in a statement that “all allegations that we learn of directly or indirectly are going promptly to the investigators appointed by the attorney general.”
The attorney general’s office declined to comment.