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Politics: Andrew Cuomo: The Allegations Against New York's Governor so Far

'Keeping Up With the Cuomos' becomes a full-blown scandal for once-beloved tandem

  'Keeping Up With the Cuomos' becomes a full-blown scandal for once-beloved tandem All networks have their controversies big and small. Most can eventually shake them off and move on. But the Cuomo brothers show is decidedly different. You can point the finger at the governor and at the anchor.But most of all, you can point the finger at the network that somehow allowed it all to happen.Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.

With his administration already facing an investigation over claims it withheld data on COVID-related nursing home deaths, New York governor Andrew Cuomo's fight for his political future got even tougher after a third woman accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a press conference in the Queens borough of New York, on February 24, 2021. He is under fire for his response to the COVID pandemic and sexual harassment allegations. © Seth Wenig/Getty Images New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a press conference in the Queens borough of New York, on February 24, 2021. He is under fire for his response to the COVID pandemic and sexual harassment allegations.

Cuomo, 63, who had brandished a national image that he was leading his state through the coronavirus pandemic, is now under scrutiny from the Democratic Party for allegedly hiding the real number of COVID-related deaths in state care homes.

Cuomo accuser says governor asked aide to sing 'Danny Boy' as part of 'hazing': Attorney

  Cuomo accuser says governor asked aide to sing 'Danny Boy' as part of 'hazing': Attorney A woman accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment says he asked her to sing for him, according to her attorney. © Provided by Washington Examiner Debra Katz, attorney for accuser Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo called Bennett into his office in May 2019 for a private meeting, during which he handed her a copy of the lyrics to the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" and asked her to memorize the song. Later that day, Cuomo ordered Bennett to perform the song in front of Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, and Stephanie Benton, the director of the governor’s offices, according to Katz.

New York state attorney general, Letitia James, reported that Cuomo's administration had undercounted COVID-related deaths of state nursing home residents by the thousands.

The New York Post reported that one of Cuomo's aides, Melissa DeRosa, admitted underreporting the death tolls to prevent the Justice Department (DOJ) from going after the governor's administration.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim, who has spearheaded the nursing homes claims and has called for Cuomo's resignation, told CNN that the governor called him and said he would threaten his career if he did not "cover up" what the aide had said.

Kim's accusation stemmed from an executive action Cuomo took in which he ordered "no resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH [nursing homes] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19."

Here's who has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment amid growing resignation calls

  Here's who has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment amid growing resignation calls New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing allegations from six women who say the governor acted inappropriately toward them. © Provided by Washington Examiner Over the weekend, two more women spoke out, accusing Cuomo, 63, of engaging in sexual misconduct. On Sunday, the governor was adamant that he would not resign over the allegations. On Tuesday, a sixth woman came forward, alleging Cuomo engaged in inappropriate conduct while at the governor's mansion last year.

After this order, about 90,000 COVID patients were brought into nursing homes potentially contributing to the rapid spread of infection.

Instead of reversing this decision, Cuomo reportedly agreed to demands of the lobbying group for the nursing home industry, the Greater New York Hospital Association, to limit the prospect of malpractice suits.

The pressure on the governor mounted when three women in quick succession made sexual harassment claims.

Former aide Lindsey Boylan, 36, first accused the governor of sexual harassment in a tweet last December and last Friday gave further details in a post on the website Medium. She recounted how while working for the governor, she had faced unwanted sexual advances.

These allegedly included being asked to play "strip poker" while on a state-owned plane in 2017 and on another occasion, he gave her an unwanted kiss on the lips as she left the office.

Cuomo issues public apology in wake of scandal, says he won't resign

  Cuomo issues public apology in wake of scandal, says he won't resign "It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it," he said. “I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this: First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward and I think it should be encouraged in every way," Cuomo said. "I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it.

She said in her post that Cuomo had "created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected."

Reinforcing those claims was Charlotte Bennett, 25, a former Cuomo aide, who said that the governor made her uncomfortable with questions about her sex life and whether she would consider dating an older man.

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett told The New York Times.

Another woman, Anna Ruch, 33, also told The Times of alleged sexual advances. She said that she had met the governor at a wedding in September 2019 where he put his hand on her exposed lower back and she pulled away. "I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed," she told the paper.

After the latest allegations by Ruch, Rep. Kathleen Rice became the first Democrat in New York's congressional delegation to call for Cuomo to step down, tweeting: "The time has come. The governor must resign."

Newsweek has contacted Cuomo's office for comment. After Boylan's first complaint about his behavior, the governor said "it's just not true," and his office repeated the denial after her post on Medium.

Andrew Cuomo's Nursing Home Shield Means 'They Got Away with Killing Our Mom'

  Andrew Cuomo's Nursing Home Shield Means 'They Got Away with Killing Our Mom' A grieving family wanted to hold a nursing home responsible for their mother's death--but the governor's liability law got in the way.For Vivian Rivera-Zayas and her family, the troubles began in January 2020 after her 78-year-old mother Ana Martinez experienced complications from knee-replacement surgery and doctors sent her to Our Lady of Consolation, a nursing home in West Islip, New York, for a few weeks of therapy.

After Bennett's allegations, Cuomo said in a statement he had never made advances towards her "nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate."

On Sunday, without addressing specific claims, the governor apologized for any behavior that offended anyone, "I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that," he said in a statement.

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