NEW YORK (AP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is charged with sexually molesting or behaving inappropriately for half a dozen women who worked with him. In an interview published Wednesday by the Times Union of Albany, a woman still on his staff shared more details about her claim that the Democrat groped her under her blouse in the governor’s mansion office in November.
Other allegations range from unwanted kisses to unwanted personal questions about sex and dating.
The governor has said that he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and “never made inappropriate progress” and that at the time no one told him that he was making them uncomfortable. He has labeled some of the allegations false.
Cuomo has also suggested that he was simply an old school politician to greet people with hugs and kisses, but that “sensitivities” have changed.
A look at some of the allegations in the workplace, in the order in which they were published:
LINDSEY BOYLAN, 36, a former government economic development consultant, says the governor kissed her on the lips when she was leaving a one-on-one meeting in his office and suggested playing strip poker on a government plane. Cuomo says both stories are wrong. Among her other allegations: Cuomo called her alone in his office after a Christmas party and made a reference to former President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The governor also sent roses to Boylan and other female staff members for Valentine’s Day, she said.
CHARLOTTE BENNETT, 25, a former Cuomo adviser, said the governor asked her about her love life – including whether she ever had sex with older men – and talked about his own. He said age differences didn’t matter in relationships and he was open. During a meeting alone in his office, the governor said he was lonely and talked about wanting to hug someone, Bennett said. She said she quickly complained to Cuomo’s chief of staff and was transferred to another job. She said she spoke to a governor’s attorney but didn’t insist on further action because she liked her new post and wanted to move on.
ANA LISS, 35, a former adjutant, said Cuomo asked her if she had a boyfriend, kissed her hand on her desk once, and called her with patronizing names like “Blondie”, “Sweetheart” and “Honey”. At a reception, the governor hugged her and put his arm around her lower back and waist as they posed for a picture, Liss said. She said she eventually asked for a job transfer. In an interview, Liss said she had “not alleged sexual harassment per se” but the administration was “not a safe place for young women to work”.
KAREN HINTON, who worked as Clinton’s federal secretary for housing for Cuomo in the 1990s, said Cuomo gave her too long and intimate hugging after calling her into his hotel room to personalize on a trip she was serving Issues to be dealt with as a consultant to the housing agency. Cuomo said Hinton’s report was “not true”.
A member of Cuomo’s staff claimed he closed a door, reached under her blouse and petted her after calling her to the governor’s mansion in Albany for help with his cell phone, according to the Times Union of Albany. It first reported on her allegations last month; She shared more details in her first interview on the subject, released on Wednesday. The woman spoke on condition of anonymity in order to protect her privacy, although her identity is known in the governor’s circle, the Times Union reported.
The woman, an executive assistant, told the Times Union the governor had kisses her on the cheek and inappropriately close hugs and comments for years, including, “If you were single, the things I would do to you” and ” I’m single and ready to mingle with people. “
Then one day in November, she was called to his Executive Mansion office to help him with a cell phone problem, she said. He got up from his desk, started fumbling her and saying “I don’t care” after she tried to distract him by saying he was getting her into trouble and then he slammed the door, she said.
Then he reached under her blouse and pressed one of her breasts over her bra, she told the newspaper.
The woman told a colleague about the alleged encounter this winter, and the employee told a manager in early March, the newspaper said.
Cuomo called the report “good-natured” in a March statement and said, “I’ve never done anything like this.”
ALYSSA McGRATH, 33, a current administrative assistant in Cuomo’s office, told The New York Timesthat that he looked over her shirt, asked her about her marital status, and told her she was beautiful, using an Italian phrase her parents asked had to interpret.
McGrath did not say that the governor had sexual contact with her, but thought his behavior was sexual harassment. She remembered Cuomo kissing her on the forehead and gripping her sides tightly as she posed for a photo at a 2019 office Christmas party.
Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin responded by repeating his disapproval of inappropriate advances and touches. She told the Times that he greeted both men and women with hugs and kisses on the cheek, put his arm around people to take pictures, and used Italian phrases like “ciao bella” beautiful “). ) even though she said he didn’t tell McGrath.
“None of this is remarkable, although it can be old-fashioned,” added Glavin.