ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says he was not questioned as part of Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into allegations that he sexually molested several women while he was “eager” to tell his side of the story.
James opened an investigation against Cuomo earlier this year after several women, including current and former employees, accused him of harassment and inappropriate behavior. The governor is also examined by the State Assembly, which examines impeachment proceedings.
When asked at an event in Buffalo on Thursday if he had spoken to investigators from James’ office, Cuomo said, “I haven’t.”
“But I can tell you that – I tried to respect the process. At the same time, it was very difficult to make people blame and not respond, and people only heard one side of the story. I told people when I was attorney general … when someone came in and said, “Well, I heard that,” I said, “until you hear both sides of the story, you haven’t heard anything.” People have heard one side of the story. I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come. ”
Cuomo has regularly offered an explanation for his behavior. He said that kissing people, for example, is his “usual and customary way of greeting.” Recently, however, he has rarely provided direct answers to questions about the allegations, citing the pending investigation.
“In theory, the WG is supposed to work like the assembly says, ‘We’re going to do a review,’ then they do a review and the review is done privately,” he said Thursday. “What happened here was that the complainants kept going to the press and filing their complaint in the press, and I was unable to respond. That is not fair and not right. I try to be respectful, but I’m really excited to tell my side of the story. ”
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has said that James has the authority Investigate Cuomo’s decisions about nursing homes, and he did authorized her to investigate Allegations that government funds were used to write a book Cuomo published last year.
The Congregation is conducting an extensive review of a similar list of subjects as part of its impeachment investigation.