On Friday, a current aide to New York Go. Andrew Cuomo accused the Democrat of sexual harassment. This is the first allegation from a current aide, plunging the governor further into a scandal brought forth by multiple harassment allegations. This is now the eighth woman to come forward accusing the Democrat of sexual harassment.
He called her and her co-worker “mingle mamas.” He inquired about her lack of a wedding ring, she said, and the status of her divorce. She recalled him telling her she was beautiful — in Italian — and, as she sat alone with him in his office awaiting dictation, he gazed down her shirt and commented on a necklace hanging there. In the latest allegation against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Alyssa McGrath, an employee of the governor’s office, described a series of unsettling interactions with the governor, telling The New York Times that Mr. Cuomo would ogle her body, remark on her looks, and make suggestive comments to her and another executive aide. […] Over the last three years, Ms. McGrath said, the governor had seemingly fostered an unusual work triangle with her and her friend, the co-worker he allegedly groped, blending a professional relationship with unwanted attention. There was paternalistic patter, but also a commandeering, sometimes invasive physicality.
During an interview with the Times, McGrath said Cuomo’s behavior toward her often made her feel uncomfortable.
“He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you’re his friend,” she told the newspaper. “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.’”
McGrath’s lawyer, Mariann Wang, said of Cuomo, “this would be unacceptable behavior from any boss, much less the governor,” adding, “The women in the executive chamber are there to work for the State of New York, not serve as his eye candy or prospective girlfriend.”
“[T]he 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,’” Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin said. “None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned. He has made clear that he has never made inappropriate advances or inappropriately touched anyone.”
Cuomo has faced sustained calls to resign, including calls made by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently said in a joint statement. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”.
Cuomo has New York Attorney General Letitia James’ performing an independent investigation into the sexual allegations.