'Anti-democratic': Cuomo lashes out at calls to resign after new allegations emerge

Cuomo denied behaving inappropriately and called one accuser a 'longtime political adversary.'

3/7/2021 10:20:00 PM

NEW: NY Gov. Cuomo makes clear he will not be resigning, saying that demands from politicians that he do so are 'anti-democratic,' after 2 additional women accused him of behaving inappropriately when they worked for him.

Cuomo denied behaving inappropriately and called one accuser a 'longtime political adversary.'

are similar to those made in recent weeks by former Cuomo aides Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan.Liss, now 35, told the Journal that when she served as a policy and operations aide to Cuomo, 63, from 2013 to 2015, he once hugged her, kissed her on both cheeks and grabbed her waist for a photo.

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"Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures," Cuomo senior advisor Rich Azzopardi said in a statement Saturday."At the public open house mansion‎ reception there are hundreds of people and he poses for hundreds of pictures," he said."That's what people in politics do."

Hinton worked as a press aide to Cuomo when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton. She told the Post he once summoned her to his hotel room, embraced her, then pulled her back to him when she pulled away. She made similar remarks in an interview with headtopics.com

NBC New York."It was inappropriate. We both were married. I worked for him and it was too much to make it so personal and intimate," she told NBC New York.Two people close to Hinton said she had described the episode to them, according to NBC New York. One of them said Hinton called her shortly after the alleged incident.

Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s director of communications, told the Post,"This did not happen.""Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago," he said.

She also told NBC New York that, while at HUD, Cuomo made hiring decisions based on looks."I sat in on [one] interview and he told me later she wasn’t attractive enough for the job so he didn’t hire her," she said.Liss and Hinton did not immediately respond Saturday night to requests by NBC News for comment.

Hinton responded to Ajemian's remarks by telling the Post,"Attacking the accuser is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves."Speaking Sunday, Cuomo said Hinton's claims are"not true.""As everybody who has been involved in any level in New York politics knows, she has been a longtime political adversary of mine," he said, claiming Hinton"has made many accusations" about him. headtopics.com

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Responding to Liss, Cuomo said he did take a photo with her but said as a politician it is"commonplace" to take such pictures.The Post also interviewed other Cuomo subordinates who claimed he created a hostile and toxic work environment, in which he sometimes demeaned men in front of their coworkers.

"The people of this state elected the Governor to represent them four times during the last 14 years and they know he works day and night for them," Azzopardi said in a written response to the Post report."There is no secret these are tough jobs, and the work is demanding, but we have a top tier team with many employees who have been here for years, and many others who have left and returned," he said."The Governor is direct with employees if their work is sub-par because the people of New York deserve nothing short of excellence."

The accusations came after Bennett, 25, a former executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, said he once asked her about her sex life and whether or not she slept with older men. Her claims were first reported in theNew York Times

on Feb. 27.Boylan, a deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor from 2015 to 2018, tweeted in December that Cuomo"sexually harassed me for years."Yet another woman, Anna Ruch, 33, toldin a report published Monday that the governor, whom she had just met, placed his hands on her face and asked to kiss her at a wedding in 2019. A photograph appears to show the moment. headtopics.com

Cuomo hasdenied harassing womenand said he was sorry for how his behavior made them feel."I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he said Wednesday."It was unintentional. And I truly and deeply apologize for it."Several prominent New York lawmakers called on him to step down last week, including Rep. Kathleen Rice, but most of his allies have stopped short of saying he should step down.

Cuomo on Sunday urged everyone to wait for the results ofinto his behavior. The governor said when he served as attorney general he received"all sorts of allegations against politicians all the time," but did not make them public."People are free to make allegations," he said."But then we get the facts."

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If I could sue every man in my life that called me sweetheart, or gave me a hug or asked me if I was dating anyone special or anything like that half the men in this country would be in prison right now. Republicans need to get over it this is nothing but a vendetta He definetly should NOT resign. This is a vendetta created by trump because of all the criminal cases pending against trump in NY. Stand your ground Gov Cuomo!

The classic words of a narcissist Shocking. Because powerful men behaving badly so frequently step down. If you didnt ask for Trumps resignation after all his allegations dnt ask for this guys wmbfnews Be a real man and resign.... so you're pissed at Cuomo for something that he maybe said as opposed to what trump did . You're stupid , and I'm being nice !

The man's a pig ! I WANT TO SEE THE DATA DESANTIS HID FROM US Trumps rapes kids aok Trump needs pardon in NY and these attacks pop up.... hmmmmm NYGovCuomo DO NOT RESIGN. where was this much energy to 26 legit sexual assault Trump accusations whatever cuomo's sins he did a gret job guiding ny thru the pandemic

When FIVE women come forward saying the same thing, “Houston we have a problem!” How can you not know that your advances are not welcome? How many times does that take? Five is enough to start a basketball 🏀 team! That’s too many! Resign! here comes all the blue cult liberals to defend Cuomo for the exact same stuff that they've been condemning Trump for for the last four years.

Where there is smoke there is fire. Multiple women now? Treat him like you did Kavenaugh.... right? Yea... exactly.... I complained in personal letter with return receipt to a weatherman and GM that he constantly said there no global warinf Seems like someone wants his job. It's crazy how all of the sudden these people are attacking him.

DO NOT RESIGN! THESE SAME PEOPLE ELECTED TRUMP, WHO IS ACCUSED OF MUCH WORSE! Let the investigations begin! Killing thousands of nursing home patients is not Democratic either. He should be impeached and charged with murder. hughriminton Maybe if this guys name was Trump you would be pushing this daily 🤷🏻‍♂️ Then again, why is there a need for a court of law & police reports when we have balanced reporting championing truth 🧐

I guess we don’t believe all women now and no more metoo? If he was not a democrat he would have been gone after the first women. 50 more can come out and they will always say well just one more before we believe the women. They will be more coming forward u know how this going to be play out Why should he resign?

How many comments by Liberals in here are either Trump whataboutism or some hypocritical bs? If the VA governor can wear a KKK outfit and not resign, why would Cuomo?