Cuomo: 'I am not going to resign'

Governor says he didn't mean to give offense.

3/3/2021 10:35:00 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won't step down in the face of multiple accusations of sexual harassment. “I am not going to resign,” Cuomo said in his first public appearance since the accusations surfaced last week.

Governor says he didn't mean to give offense.

— have since accused the governor of making unwanted advances.The governor said he fully supports “a woman’s right to come forward,” and apologized for acting “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable.” He said stateAttorney General Tish James should complete her investigation

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into the allegations.“This is what I want you to know and I want you to know this from me directly: I never touched anyone inappropriately," he said "I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable ... And, I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone. Or cause anyone any pain.

“I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general's report before forming an opinion."Some top staff membershave begun to leave as Cuomo's troubles mount.Gareth Rhodes, a senior adviser to the governor and a familiar face in his press briefings, confirmed to POLITICO that he has left for his previous position at the Department of Financial Services. First deputy press secretary Will Burns also told the governor’s office that he is leaving.

Asked about the troubles surrounding her boss, Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa echoed the governor in asking the public to withhold judgment until the conclusion of the attorney general’s investigation.“I am incredibly proud of the work that this administration has done to further women’s rights, to expand protections for women in the workplace, out of the workplace, maternal health, reproductive health, the list goes on and on and on,” she said. “I don’t think this diminishes any of that.”

Although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others have questioned Cuomo's ability to lead amidthe scandals,Cuomo focused most of his briefing on the state's pandemic response.He touted the state’s reopening plans, travel restriction changes, new gathering limits and vaccination rollout, emphasizing positive developments in the year-long pandemic.

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But we WANT you to resign!! this cuomosexual predator, is such a *biutiful* and everlasting thing! A woman can't use sexual harassment as a political tool to take down men they lose favor with. Especially 4-5 years later. We gotta stop this B.S.