Cuomo denies new claim for sexual harassment, question over duck election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily information session following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York, on July 13, 2020.

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A woman currently working in New York government staff Andrew Cuomo has accused him of touching her improperly in the governor’s mansion. according to a new report.

The woman, who has not been identified, is the youngest in a series of women who claim Cuomo sexually harassed them or otherwise became inappropriate or spoke to them.

The Times Union newspaper in Albany reports that the woman recently told a supervisor in the Executive Chamber that Cuomo touched her inappropriately last year “during a meeting in the governor’s mansion, where she was called to work.”

The complaint was reported by other employees of the executive chamber to Cuomo’s lawyer and was subsequently transferred to the office of Attorney General Letitia James. James on Monday appointed a group of private lawyers to investigate Cuomo’s allegations against women. Two of those women, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, previously worked as assistants for Cuomo.

Boylan says Cuomo kissed her without her permission. Bennett said he asked her questions about her sex life in what she saw as an attempt to get her to have a physical relationship with him.

Cuomo said at a news conference later Tuesday: “I do not know” about the new claim when a reporter asked about it.

But he reiterates denials of wrongdoing he made for the first time last week.

“I never touched anyone improperly … I never made inappropriate progress,” Cuomo said. “Nobody ever told me I made them feel uncomfortable.”

Cuomo said he told his daughters the same about the allegations. The governor has three daughters along with his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late New York senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

Cuomo, who refused to resign despite the growing number of claims against him, on Tuesday refused to answer whether he would get a fourth term, which his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, could not achieve after his three terms.

“Today is not a day for politics,” Cuomo said. “I focus on my work.”

Cuomo also said, with a lead in the vote to the reporter who asked if the allegations would reconsider him next year, saying, ‘You know no facts, right? You know the allegations. You do not know facts. “

“Let’s work on facts,” the governor added. “We have an investigation … let’s get the facts and then we can discuss the facts.”

Cuomo, who at the time sought the resignation of then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman within hours of Schneiderman being accused of sexual abuse, asked to move away a question as to why he should be treated differently.

“There are allegations, and then there are allegations, right? And there is spectrum of allegations. There are capital crimes, there is physical violence, to more minor offenses,” Cuomo said.

A number of leading Democrats have asked Cuomo to resign even before the last accused’s claim was announced on Tuesday.

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