Cuomo offers blanket denial of harassment allegations

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Bay Park Water Reclamation Facility in East Rockaway, N.Y. Spencer Platt / Pool photo via AP on Thursday, April 22, 2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has fiercely denied the sexual harassment allegations made in his first personal Q&A with the press since late last year in recent months.

The governor was asked on Monday about the numerous scandals and investigations that gripped his administration during an event held at the exhibition center outside Syracuse, after announcing that the state fair will reopen this summer at a 50 percent capacity. Cuomo denied the allegations made by several women who accused him of behavior, which ranged from making inappropriate comments to fumbling around.

“To put it simply ‘no’,” he said when asked if the reports were true.

When asked if he would resign if an upcoming investigation by Attorney General Tish James’ office finds other evidence, Cuomo said it did not.

“The report can’t say anything else because I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

Background: Cuomo has apologized for feeling uncomfortable and acknowledged that he regularly hugs and kisses men and women in greeting, but has regularly denied allegations of “inappropriate” physical contact or “inappropriate relationships”.

Cuomo also denied reports that Executive Chamber employees were forced to work on the production of the book he published last year, saying that employees volunteered for the work. However, there is no specific record of exactly when they volunteered compared to their official duties.

Oh, about this fair: Cuomo is a big fan of the fair and has regularly touted the management’s investment in its growth and development. Cuomo said the show will be held in four different locations for the full 18 days with 50 percent capacity.

Those restrictions could be postponed one way or another until the August 20 opening date, Cuomo said. He also announced looser collection restrictions across the state.

From May 19, the capacity of the open-air stadium will increase from 20 to 33 percent. On May 15, the offices can be expanded from 50 to 75 percent, the number of casinos from 25 to 50 percent and the number of gyms outside of New York City from 33 to 50 percent.

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