Cuomo faced a deluge of questions during his press conference Monday as reporters inquired about his many scandals. The governor of New York fought off questions regarding sexual assault allegations against him. They just “want attention” he claimed, admitting that he didn’t regret inviting certain women to the Executive Mansion.
Gov. Cuomo has reached the trifecta, as he is currently being investigated for three separate scandals. Most notably, several women close to Cuomo claimed he used iPhone and other tech issues to get close to them. He allegedly lured a young woman to his Executive Mansion under the guise of needing technical assistance.
The New York Post reported that during one occurrence, Cuomo asked a woman to his Executive Mansion, and supposedly reached under her blouse and touched her breasts while she was helping him. A barrage of anger has been aimed at Cuomo, and though he has apologized for making inappropriate workplace comments, he denied any physical misconduct that he has been accused of.
During his press conference on Monday, one reporter asked Cuomo if he regrets “inviting these female aids over” to help with technical issues, “especially after the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against you.” Gov. Cuomo quickly responded in the negative.
“No,” he answered, before seemingly deflecting the question. “I have many women who are working in state government,” he continued. “I am very proud that we probably have more women in senior positions than ever before. And I think that is a good thing.”
Cuomo denies the onslaught of allegations against him, including one that was recently covered in a New York Times Magazine cover story. Allegedly, Cuomo used an anti-trans slur and reportedly said “these people and their f—king treehouses,” referring to Jews.
“I never said any such things,” Cuomo said. “They printed slurs and slander, and you’d have to ask them why they did that.” He also defended himself when asked why many attested to his alleged inappropriate behavior, saying “People are venial. People want attention. People are angry. People are jealous.”
On top of several accusations of Cuomo groping and kissing women and making unwanted advances toward staffers, Cuomo is also fighting off two more investigations. One investigation is looking into allegations that Cuomo used government resources to produce his pandemic-related leadership book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.
According to the New York Times, bids for the book reached over $4 million, however many claims have insisted that government workers were forced to work on it for Gov. Cuomo. Junior staff members allegedly helped Gov. Cuomo with the manuscript, helping with things from edits to minor clerical work. If true, Cuomo’s actions could violate laws that prohibit using government resources for personal gain.
Cuomo has denied forcing staffers to work on his book, and claims that any work done by state employees was strictly voluntary or “incidental.” Letitia James, New York’s attorney general opened an investigation into the claims.
Amid two fights, Cuomo faces a third – claims alleging that he altered the numbers when reporting New York’s Covid-19 nursing-home deaths. Gov. Cuomo ordered nursing homes to take in Covid-19 positive patients despite being filled with the population at highest risk for Coronavirus complications.
Reports claim that his administration underreported death counts, but Cuomo said Monday that it was “just more of the ugly politics at the time.” He also denied the allegations that he forced staffers to work on his personal project saying that “the people volunteered to work on the book.”
Despite a rally against Cuomo, the governor is sticking to his guns. Many have asked him to step down, but he refuses. He has previously said: “For me, in life, it’s not what you say. It’s what you do.”