Will Cuomo's political career be able to survive harassment allegations?

Dawidziak noted that Cuomo has shaken off other scandals before, including his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, but nothing like this. Dawidziak also thinks that the allegations kill his chance for reelection to a fourth term.

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2021, 3:14 AM

Updated 1,140 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will not step down following sexual harassment accusations from three women, but will his political career be able to survive?
Cuomo finally went in front of cameras to answer for the allegations Wednesday. He had previously released two brief statements on the matter.
Political analyst Michael Dawidziak says Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the same fateful reaction as other prominent politicians similarly accused.
"It's almost always a mistake to deny, deny, deny," he says. "So he's handled it better today."
Dawidziak noted that Cuomo has shaken off other scandals before, including his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, but nothing like this. Dawidziak also thinks that the allegations kill his chance for reelection to a fourth term.
Among Long Island residents who spoke with News 12, some were not moved by Cuomo's apology.
"I don't think it was sufficient," says Elaine Reiley, of Dix Hills. "I'm out there talking to a lot of people and family and friends, co-workers, colleagues. If it's up to New Yorkers, I think they'd want him to resign."
Charmaine Browne and Joan Shakes, of Wyandanch, note that the governor has fallen far and fast from just a few months ago, when he was praised nationwide for his pandemic response.
"After all that he's done… all of a sudden, this comes out," says Browne. "All of these sexual allegations, so I was shocked."
"He kept us updated with what's going on. The school closings, what's happening with the general public," says Shakes.
Even though Cuomo acknowledged that he made the women feel uncomfortable, he says he wants New Yorkers to wait for the facts to come out in public before forming an opinion. Cuomo said he will “fully cooperate” with an investigation into the allegations being overseen by the state's independently elected attorney general, who is also a Democrat.  


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