UPDATE: The New York State Assembly on Thursday announced it would open an impeachment inquiry into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, besieged over more than half a dozen reports of alleged sexual harassment and controversy over deaths in retirement homes.
The Democratic-controlled Assembly has said its judicial committee will have the power to investigate the allegations of inappropriate behavior – the latest, revealed yesterday, was referred by a state official to Albany Police. “The reports of accusations against the governor are serious,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. He has indicated he would not move forward with a real impeachment without the support of a majority of his Democratic conference.
New York Attorney General Prepares Team to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Earlier Thursday, 59 Democrats in the state legislature, including the Senate, issued a statement demanding Cuomo’s immediate resignation.
Previously: A report that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year groped an aide at the Executive Mansion where he lives was referred by a state official to the Police Department of ‘Albany.
“As part of state policy, when allegations of physical contact are made, the agency advises the complainant to contact their local police department. If they refuse, the agency has an obligation to reach out and notify the department of the allegation, ”Governor Cuomo’s chief counsel Beth Garvey said in a statement.
“In this case, the person is represented by a lawyer and when the counsel confirmed that the client did not want to make a report, the state informed the police department and gave them the information of the lawyer,” he said. Garvey said.
Albany Police spokesperson Steven Smith was not immediately available for comment. However, he told The New York Times today that does not mean the department has opened a criminal investigation. He said the police department had not received a formal complaint from the alleged victim himself but had offered their services to him.
The Times Union of Albany first reported the latest allegation against the governor on Wednesday. He said a supervisor noticed the aide – who did not report the incident and was not named – became emotional while watching a speech by the governor on March 3 where he denied any inappropriate contact with other women who had come forward. She then told the supervisor about her own encounter.
Over the past month, five other women have publicly accused the governor of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment.
Cuomo apologized for making the women uncomfortable. He categorically denied the most serious allegations and attributed others to misunderstandings and, in one case, to a political vendetta. He apologized for any pain he caused but said he had no idea and was never told he was making anyone uncomfortable.
“I have never done anything like this,” he said in response to the most recent report. “The details of this report are heartbreaking. I will not go into the details of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the outcome of the Attorney General’s report.
New York office AG Letitia James this week hired outside attorneys to investigate the allegations against Cuomo. This latest report was also sent to his office.
Some New York lawmakers and politicians are calling for Cuomo’s resignation, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The specific allegation that the governor called one of his employees, someone over whom he had power, called her in a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable. It’s disgusting to me, ”said de Blasio. at a press conference Thursday. “He can no longer serve as governor. It’s that simple.”
The other women are Ana Liss, who worked in the governor’s office from 2013 to 2015, and said he called her ‘sweetheart’, kissed her hand once and asked her if she had a baby. friend. Karen Hinton, who worked for Cuomo when he was housing and urban development secretary under former President Bill Clinton, said he called her to her hotel room in 2000 and attempted to kiss her .
Two other former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, accused the governor of inappropriate and harassing behavior. Another woman, Anna Ruch, who has never worked for him, described Cuomo forcibly holding her face and kissing her at a wedding reception.