A current assistant to the New York government, Andrew Cuomo, has by name on record to address the latest allegation of sexual harassment against the beleagured Democrat.
The assistant, 33-year-old Alyssa McGrath, told The New York Times that Cuomo once looked down at her shirt, commented on her appearance by calling her “beautiful” in Italian, and otherwise engaged in flirtatious behavior.
McGrath joins more than half a dozen other women, including another current assistant and several former Cuomo assistants, to accuse the 63-year-old governor of sexual harassment, or to make inappropriate physical contact and comment.
“I have no doubt that all these accused are telling the truth,” McGrath told The Times.
She said Cuomo “has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost as if you are his friend.”
“But then you walk away from the meeting or conversation while you go, ‘I can not believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York,'” McGrath said.
The other current assistant facing accusations against Cuomo, who has not yet been publicly identified, reportedly told supervisors that he had beaten her breast aggressively in the governor’s estate after summoning her under the pretext of using his cellphone. help.
McGrath told The Times that the other woman described the incident to her last week first explained by The Times Union of Albany.
“She froze when he started doing the things to her,” McGrath told The New York Times. “But who are you going to tell?”
McGrath also said the co-worker told her Cuomo asked her not to talk about the incident because they knew she and McGrath talk to each other regularly and text about interactions with him.
“He specifically told her not to tell me,” McGrath said.
Last week, Albany police were notified of the allegation made by the other assistant.
McGrath told The Times that after Cuomo’s former assistant Charlotte Bennett became aware of her allegations of sexual harassment against the governor, she was angry while watching Cuomo State at a March 3 news conference that he never ‘has not touched anyone inappropriately’.
“It really upsets me to hear him talk about this and denies all allegations completely,” she said, noting that she believes Bennett and the other defendants, including another former assistant, Lindsey Boylan.
Although Cuomo denied that he acted improperly towards any woman, he apologized for making comments that he now understands make some people feel uncomfortable.
He also refused to resign, despite appeals to him to do so from a majority of Democrats in the New York congressional delegation and a number of Democrats in the state legislature.
U.S. leader Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said earlier Friday about Cuomo: ‘There was [a] many allegations of misconduct, sexual harassment. “
“The governor has lost the trust of his government partners and many New Yorkers. He must resign,” Schumer said.
A team of lawyers working under the supervision of State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the allegations against Cuomo made by various women.
Another legal team – appointed by the state assembly for an indictment investigation – is investigating the claims of women, as well as the cover-up of Covid mortality rates on residents of nursing homes by Cuomo assistants.
Cuomo’s office referred questions about McGrath’s claims to Rita Glavin, the governor’s attorney.
Glavin, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, told The Times that “the governor greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand.”
“Yes, he posed for photos with his arm around them. Yes, he uses Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella,'” Glavin said.
“Ciao bella” is Italian for: “Hello, beautiful.”
“None of this is remarkable, even though it may be old-fashioned. He made it clear that he had never made inappropriate progress or touched anyone inappropriately,” Glavin said.
McGrath’s attorney, Mariann Wang, shot back in a statement to OilGasJobz.
“The governor’s distraction is not credible. It was not just friendly jokes,” Wang said.
“Ms. McGrath understands the general expression ‘ciao Bella’. As she herself says: ‘I would not call my parents to find out what the phrase means. I know what the phrase means.’ “
Boylan used Glavin’s words against Cuomo in a tweet on Friday.
“I agree with@NYGovCuomolawyer, “Boylan tweeted.” Glavin said: “None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned.” Women are sexually harassed and assaulted every day in this country by powerful men like the governor of New York. It ends now. ‘
Former Cuomo assistant Ana Liss, who accused the governor of cultivating a toxic workplace environment, told 13WHAM News that she questioned Thursday by four investigators for the AG’s investigation.
“I do not think the average person in New York would like to know that their governor is an absolute monster,” Liss told 13WHAM News.
Liss told the outlet last week: “I’m not going to speak for women’s experiences anymore. I just know there were activities that happened that if the public knew about it, they would be shocked and frightened – and young women, like right outside the college. ‘
It is also known that Bennett and Boylan spoke to investigators for the investigation into the AG.