New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed a recent report from his own Attorney General Tuesday that found he “sexually harassed” multiple women; insisting he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances… That is not who I am and that is not who I have ever been,” said Cuomo from Albany.
CUOMO: "I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances… That is not who I am and that is not who I have ever been.” pic.twitter.com/q9zrmvcfy3
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 3, 2021
New York Attorney General Letitia James released the findings of her probe into allegations of abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday morning; stating her investigation shows the Democrat “sexually harassed multiple women.”
NY AG LETITIA JAMES: "The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated Federal and State law." pic.twitter.com/7H7l3Rk1jr
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 3, 2021
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated Federal and State law,” said James.
“The investigators have substantiated these facts through interviews and evidence… This evidence will be made available to the public along with the report,” she added.
“These pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing yet clear picture. Governor Cuomo sexually harassed current and former employees,” concluded James. “The Governor and his team took actions to retaliate against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story.”
Cuomo has routinely denied any wrongdoing and has so-far refused to resign from office.
BREAKING: NY Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, NY AG report finds. https://t.co/L4rnbEiFlS
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 3, 2021
BREAKING: NY Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, retaliated against ex-employee, attorney general sayshttps://t.co/Gisppseil6
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) August 3, 2021
BIG APPLE BACKLASH: Poll Shows Majority Disapprove of Cuomo’s Handling of Nursing Home Fiasco
From Fox New:
A majority of New Yorkers disapprove of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of reporting nursing home deaths amid continuing controversy over an alleged cover-up by his administration — although overall approval of his handling of the pandemic remains high.
The Siena College poll of New York state voters found that only 39% approved of his handling of making public data related to nursing home deaths while 55% disapprove.
Cuomo has been under fire for his handling of nursing homes in the early days of the pandemic — specifically a March 25 order that required nursing homes to take in COVID patients. But the controversy exploded last week after it emerged that a top Cuomo aide told Democrats that the administration “froze” amid an investigation from the Justice Department.
“Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation,” aide Melissa DeRosa said in remarks first reported by the New York Post.
Those remarks came after a damning report by state Attorney General Letitia James that found the state undercounted nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.
The poll was conducted between Feb 7-11, so mostly before the Post’s story dropped on Feb. 11, but after the dropping of the report by the Attorney General’s office.
However, the new Siena poll shows that, despite the controversy over the nursing home data, Cuomo’s approval ratings on the pandemic more broadly remain solid in the Empire State. The poll found that voters approve of his handling 61-34, down only slightly from 63-32 last month. Voters also approved of Cuomo’s communication (67%) and providing accurate information (61%.)
Read the full report here.
DE BLASIO DENIED? New State Plan Would Place NYPD Under Control of Independent Panel
A new plan coming from New York State could remove Bill de Blasio’s authority over the NYPD; placing control under the state’s Attorney General to appoint a police commissioner and implement policy.
“I believe we need to bridge the undeniable divide between police and public,” Letitia James told reporters, according to The New York Times.
“As part of her recommendations, James called for an independent panel – not de Blasio — to appoint the city’s police commissioner and oversee hirings and firings at the NYPD,” reports Fox News. “A de Blasio spokeswoman quickly dismissed the plan from James — an ally of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has long feuded with the mayor. Both Cuomo and de Blasio are Democrats.”
“While we thank the attorney general for her investigation and look forward to reviewing the report in full and working together to further reform policing in this city, we do not believe creating a commission to oversee the NYPD does that,” de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein told the Times.
Read the full report at Fox News.