New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event at his office in New York, on March 18, 2021.
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A current aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone on record by name to make the latest accusation of sexual harassment against the besieged Democrat.
The aide, Alyssa McGrath, told The New York Times that Cuomo had looked down her shirt, commented on her appearance and otherwise engaged in flirtatious comments.
McGrath joins more than a half dozen other women, including another current aide and several past Cuomo aides, in accusing the governor of sexual harassment, or of making inappropriate physical contact and comments.
“He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you’re his friend,” McGrath told The Times. “But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, ‘I can’t believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York.'”
Cuomo has denied acting inappropriately toward any women and refuses to resign.
But a team of lawyers working under the supervision of state Attorney General Letitia James, and another legal team hired by the state Assembly are investigating the allegations against him.
Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin told The Times that “the governor has greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead, or hand.”
“Yes, he has posed for photographs with his arm around them. Yes, he uses Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella,’ ” Glavin said.
McGrath’s lawyer Mariann Wang fired back at that claim in a statement to CNBC.
“The governor’s deflections are not credible. This was not just friendly banter,” Wang said.
” Ms. McGrath understands the common phrase ‘ciao Bella.’ As she herself says: “I would not call my parents to find out what that phrase means. I know what that phrase means.”
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said earlier Friday, “there’s been lot of allegations of misconduct, sexual harassment.”
“The governor has lost the confidence of his governing partners and many New Yorkers. He should step down,” Schumer said.
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