April 17, 2021

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Another Cuomo aide accuses him of harassment – Politico

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The latest allegation is likely to escalate calls from some Democratic lawmakers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign. | Seth Wenig/AP Photo

ALBANY, N.Y. — Another aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reported harassment by the governor, this time during an encounter at New York’s Executive Mansion, the Times Union reported Tuesday.

The unnamed aide told a supervisor that the governor inappropriately touched her at the mansion, the governor’s home, where she’d been summoned for work late last year, according to the newspaper.

This is the fourth allegation of harassment or inappropriate behavior by an employee of the governor during his time in office.

Another woman, Anna Ruch, has said Cuomo made an unwanted advance when she met him at a wedding. She was not a state employee. Karen Hinton, a former aide to the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio, has also accused him of an inappropriate encounter when she was working as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development when Cuomo was the department’s secretary.

The new report has been referred to state Attorney General Tish James’ office, according to the Times Union. James is overseeing the investigation of harassment claims against the governor.

The latest allegation is likely to escalate calls from some Democratic lawmakers for Cuomo to resign. The majority leader of New York’s state Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, called on the governor to quit on Sunday. Cuomo has said he has no plans to resign.

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