Nassau County Executive Curran stops short of calling for Cuomo’s resignation

More lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign as a seventh woman is reportedly accusing him of inappropriate behavior.

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2021, 10:34 PM

Updated 1,133 days ago

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran called the sexual harassment and groping allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo “terrible” and questioned his effectiveness as a leader on Saturday – but stopped short of calling for his resignation.
“I really believe we need to let the attorney general do her job,” she said. “We need to let the impeachment process play out in the Assembly. But my concern is with each allegation that the governor becomes less effective. And what New Yorkers deserve is effective leadership right now.”
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Her comments come after a tidal wave of lawmakers calling for the governor to resign, including Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Others include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; the leader of the House Democratic campaign arm, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney; Buffalo-based U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins; and a group of Long Island-based state lawmakers who had been Cuomo loyalists.
Cuomo on Friday insisted that he never touched anyone inappropriately, and said again that he’s sorry if he ever made anyone uncomfortable. He declined to answer a direct question about whether he's had a consensual romantic relationship with any of the accusers.  
“I have not had a sexual relationship that was inappropriate, period," he said.  
The state Assembly greenlit an impeachment investigation Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for Cuomo's forcible removal from office. The state attorney general is also leading a probe into his workplace conduct.  
The firestorm around the governor grew after the Times Union of Albany reported Wednesday that an unidentified aide told a supervisor Cuomo reached under her shirt and fondled her at his official residence late last year.  
The woman hasn’t filed a criminal complaint, but a lawyer for the governor said Thursday that the state reported the allegation to Albany police after the woman declined to do so herself.  
Additionally, Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexually suggestive remarks and behavior toward women, including female aides. One aide said he asked her if she would ever have sex with an older man. And another aide  said the governor once kissed her without consent, and said governor’s aides publicly smeared her after she accused him of sexual harassment.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report. 


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