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ALBANY, NY- On Monday, April 26th, at his first open press conference in months, Governor Andrew Cuomo fended off a barrage of questions about his mounting scandals, defiantly insisting that he has done “nothing wrong” and that some of his accusers “just want attention” and “are jealous.”

The New York Post reported that during Cuomo’s first in-person press conference with reporters since the end of November, he was bombarded with questions on whether there was any truth to the growing accusations against him involving sexual harassment, deaths in local nursing homes, and his controversial book deal. 

Cuomo was also confronted publicly about the latest accusation involving him, which was a New York Times story alleging that he used an anti-trans slur and referred to Jews as “these people and their (expletive) treehouses” during a Sukkot event. Cuomo stated:

“I never said any such things. They printed slurs and slander and you’d have to ask them why they did that.”

When asked why he thought the dozens of sources in the article that attested to alleged behavior were speaking out, he replied by saying:

“People are venial. People want attention. People are angry. People are jealous.”

The recent Times report followed months of allegations from women accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. When pressed specifically on whether he had groped female staffers and otherwise sexually harassed them, Cuomo responded by saying:

“To put it very simply, no.”

However, several young former female staffers have accused Cuomo of using issues with his cell phone as a ruse to ask them for help so he can get physically close to them.

One of the female staffers claimed that the governor asked her to his Executive Mansion late in 2020 using the cell phone ploy.

She alleged that he then reached under her blouse and groped her breasts. At the recent press conference, when asked if he regretted seeking the young women’s help and inviting them to the mansion, Cuomo replied, “No.”

He added:

“I have many women who were working in state government. I’m very proud that we probably have more women in senior positions than every before. And I think that’s a good thing.”

The governor was then asked whether investigators hired by state Attorney General Letitia James’ office to probe the harassment claims might find anything at all to substantiate the claims. He fired back:

“The report can’t say anything different because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

During the press conference, his blanket defiance was in stark contrast to some of his past responses to the sexual harassment allegations against him.

In February, the governor tried to explain that the “incidents” were “misinterpreted jokes” but also added that he was “truly sorry” if he offended anyone. 

During the press conference, Cuomo also tried to battle back against allegations that he and his top aides tried to hide the true tally of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in the state. 

His administration has been accused of for then underreporting deaths from nursing homes by excluding those who ultimately passed away in hospitals. He said that the controversy was just “more of the ugly politics at the time.”

Cuomo the blamed President Trump among others for making it a “very big issue.” He also denied allegations that he forced staffers to work on his pandemic memoir. He said:

“The people volunteered to work on the book.”

In a statement, attorney Debra Katz said:

“Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a press conference in which he continued his effort to actively undermine the Attorney General’s independent investigation into his sexual harassment of my client, Charlotte Bennett, and numerous other women.”

She added:

“The Governor said he didn’t ‘do anything wrong,’ demonstrating a studied ignorance of both his legal obligations and a revisionist history about his own conduct.

Does he really not understand that sexually propositioning a 25-year-old staffer after making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature is illegal? Or does he continue to believe that he law does not apply to him?”

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Report: Gov. Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment nearly 20 years ago and Dems protected him then too

March 17th, 2021

ALBANY, NY – Daniel Greenfield, an investigative journalist and writer recently wrote an article on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and how the Democrats defended the governor when he was first accused of sexual harassment nearly 20 years ago.

A Vanity Fair headline screamed, “I Started to Think This was a Bad Guy: Andrew Cuomo’s Biographer on the Governor’s Brutish History.” The biographer, Michael Shnayerson is also the author of The Contender, which is a biography of Cuomo. The author writes:

“I think the picture that emerges is ultimately a positive one.”

According to Greenfield, however, in the recent article, Shnayerson stated:

“I discovered that much of Cuomo’s M.O. and many of his character flaws have been evident for years.”

It seems although evident, it was still not enough for anyone in the media to actually write honestly about those character flaws and his M.O. In Vanity Fair, Cuomo’s biographer mentions the time that Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment, by writing:

“HUD’s inspector general, Susan Gaffney, was a woman who dared to speak up, so she became a target.”

Reportedly, Greenfield added that Gaffney did speak up and did become a target and The Contender simply followed the usual Cuomo line of treating her allegation of sexual harassment as “absurd nonsense.” Shnayerson dismissively wrote:

“To the astonishment of all the Cuomo camp, Gaffney soon after filed a formal complaint against Andrew and most of his inner circle, accusing them of sexual harassment and discrimination. Exhibit A: the wink.”

Greenfield stated that the real reason the story is explosive is not just because it was from 20 years ago when Cuomo was first accused of sexual harassment, but that it is explosive because the Democrats vigorously backed up Cuomo.

Allegedly, at a Senate hearing in which Gaffney made her case and stated her claims against Cuomo, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Ford Thompson, both Republicans, were supportive. However, Senator Tom Lantos appeared instead to be cooperating with the Cuomo smear campaign.

Rep. Henry Waxman aggressively defended Cuomo and accused Gaffney of “nit-picking” and “petty” complaints that defied “logic and reason.” Rep. Elijah Cummings went on and demanded an investigation of Gaffney, attempting to take the heat off Cuomo.

It appeared that there was something bigger at stake in the Cuomo-Gaffney case than sexual harassment. Reportedly, Gaffney and her people had been digging into some shady behavior by Cuomo.

Destroying Gaffney became a major priority not only for Cuomo, but for Democrat elected officials because she had touched the third rail of the Democrat patronage machine by investigation housing fraud.

From there, Cuomo and his Democrat cohorts launched an unprecedented campaign to smear an inspector general of their own agency and as a vicious racist. At its peak, Cuomo allegedly declared that:

“Gaffney is under investigation by the FBI and members of Congress, that a dozen of her employees have made racial complaints against her, that the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors has passed formal resolutions on a pattern of racism by the IF and that Deval Patrick, the former associate attorney general for civil rights is now investigating her on the most serious of charges of racism in the department’s history.”

As Greenfield states, Gaffney came off as unhinged and running a scandalous office. Enough mud was thrown that some of it stuck and by then no one was paying any attention to the investigations coming out of the IG’s office. Cuomo had one and America had lost.

Cuomo’s allies included a senator, numerous House Democrats, and Deval Patrick, the future governor of Massachusetts and Obama’s favorite presidential candidate. At the time, some journalists speculated that Cuomo’s campaign had the tacit approval of the Clinton administration. Greenfield wrote:

“The media is determined to help Democrats cover over for Cuomo, even as they’re trying to bury him by concentrating on the set of #MeToo allegations that are the least damaging to the Dems.”

He added:

“That way the Sandernistas who are trying to take down Cuomo can smoothly step into his place. The party gets a shakeup, but the same old dirty business can continue on in Albany.”

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Cuomo hires high-profile criminal defense attorney as third woman comes forward with sexual harassment claims

March 2nd, 2021

ALBANY, NY- According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has hired high-profile criminal defense attorney Elkan Abramowitz.

Currently, the governor faces two investigations over his handling of data regrading coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes and allegations of sexual harassment brought forth by former aides. 

Reportedly, the Cuomo administration is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn after the governor’s most senior advisor privately apologized to Democrat lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing home COVID-19 related death figures.

The quiet apology comes after admitting that officials “froze” due to concerns that the data cold be “used against them” in a Justice Department inquiry. The New York Post first reported on this back in February and since then Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and believes no investigation is needed. He told reporters:

“There is nothing to investigate. Total death counts were always accurate, nothing was hidden from anyone, but we did create the void and that created pain and I feel very badly about that.”

In addition to the nursing home investigations, Cuomo is under heavy bi-partisan fire after two former aides came forward and accused the governor of harassment in the form of unwanted advances and lewd remarks. 

Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo, alleged that the governor once attempted to kiss her on the lips.

She further claimed that Cuomo invited her to play “strip poker” upon returning from an event in October 2017.

A few days later, Charlotte Bennett, a former health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration told the the New York Times that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life. She also alleged that Cuomo asked her if she ever had sex with older men.

These allegations have lead to calls for an independent investigation from the Biden White House, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). 

On Sunday, February 28th, on CNN’s State of the Union, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement:

“President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect, and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity. So should Lindsey.

There should be an independent review looking into these allegations and that’s certainly something he supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible.”

She added:

“There should be an independent review of these allegations. They’re serious. It was hard to read that story as a woman and that process should move forward as quickly as possible and that’s something we all support and the president supports.”

On Sunday, February 28th, Cuomo finally acknowledged for the first time that some of his behavior with women “may have been insensitive or too personal.”

He added that he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s attorney general.

Cuomo maintains that he never inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone, but he said he had teased people about their personal lives in an attempt to be “playful.” In a statement, Cuomo said:

“I now understand that my interactions may be been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended.

I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

Now, a third woman has come forward alleging unwanted sexual attention from Cuomo. According to the report, Anna Ruch, 33, had never met Cuomo before a New York City wedding reception back in September 2019.

Reportedly, the governor was working the room after toasting the newlyweds and when he came upon Ruch, she thanked him for his kind words about her friends. In a recent interview, Ruch said that Cuomo “put his hand on her bare lower back.”

When she removed his hand with her own, Ruch recalled the governor remarked that she seemed “aggressive” and placed his hands on her cheeks.

He asked if he could kiss her, “loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear.” Ruch, whose recollection was corroborated by the friend, text messages and photographs from the event, said:

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed. I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”

She continued:

“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’ I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed.”

Apparently, per the report by the New York Times, a friend captured the unwanted exchange in a series of photographs taken on Ruch’s cellphone. Ruch said that as she pulled her face away, the governor’s lips made contact with her cheek. She added:

“It’s the act of impunity that strikes me. I didn’t have a choice in that matter. I didn’t have a choice in his physical dominance over me at that moment and that’s what infuriates me. And even with what I could do, removing his hand from my lower back, even doing that was not clear enough.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement of the matter:

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity. The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”

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Report: ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC all ignore recent sexual harassment allegation against Gov. Cuomo

February 27th, 2021

ALBANY, NY- Three of America’s most prominent networks, ABC, NBC, AND CBS have all ignored any mention of the recent sexual harassment claims against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

CNN and MSNBC have also chosen not to address the scandal.

According to Fox News, ABC’s “World New Tonight”, CBS’s “Evening News”, and NBC’s “Nightly News” have made zero mention of the New York Governor’s alleged sexual harassment claims. 

Cuomo is also facing calls for his impeachment and resignation after he was accused of covering up the total number of deaths from the coronavirus in state nursing homes following his controversial order that these facilities accept coronavirus-positive patients. 

On Wednesday, February 24th, Lindsey Boylan, Cuomo’s former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser, alleged in an essay published on the website Medium that the governor:

“Went out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms, and legs.”

She also alleged that Cuomo forcibly kissed her on the lips during a one-on-one meeting and suggested that they have played “strip poker” during a plan ride.

The governor’s officer has denied Boylan’s harassment claims, calling them “simply false” and insisting that the strip poker game “did not happen.”

According to a report by NewsBusters, the three networks previously ignored Boylan when she took to Twitter back in December 2020, making her initial sexual harassment claim against Cuomo.

However, that the time she did not share any of the details related to her claim. 

CNN, the home network of the governor’s brother, Chris Cuomo did not make a single mention of the allegations on air or on CNN.com hours after Boylan came forward with her claims. 

On February 24th, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) outwardly called for Cuomo to resign in the wake of twin scandals over his handling of data on coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes and based off the allegations of sexual harassment by Boylan.

In a statement she said:

“Governor Cuomo has earned his title as worst Governor in America and now every New Yorker knows that he is a criminal sexual predator.

On December 14th, I was one of the first and one of the only elected officials in New York State to call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s sexual harassment of Ms. Boylan.”

She added:

“It is an inexcusable disgrace that almost every other elected official in New York State quietly brushed this serious and credible allegation under the rug.

Sadly, much of the media in the state either ignored this matter or chose to report on the sexist character and professional smears of Ms. Boylan by Governor Cuomo’s taxpayer-funded staff.”

She also said:

“Governor Cuomo must immediately resign. And any elected official who does not immediately call for his resignation is complicit in allowing a sexual predator to continue leading the great state of New York.”

MSNBC also chose to skip the coverage of the sexual harassment allegations facing the already embattled governor.

The network did, however, make a small mention of Cuomo’s ongoing nursing home scandal, reporting on a new Marist poll that showed 61% of New York voters believe Cuomo did something wrong with his handling of the state’s nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Governor Cuomo’s administration is reportedly under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn after critics accused officials of covering up the true number of COVID nursing home deaths in the state.

Early on in the pandemic, Cuomo ordered assisted living facilities to accept COVID-positive patients in order to keep hospital beds free. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo receives minimal coverage from mainstream media on sexual harassment allegations

December 17th, 2020

ALBANY, NY – Several major primary and cable networks failed to report on sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo made on Sunday, according to a media watchdog group. 

A recent blockbuster story about a former aide to Governor Cuomo, strongly alleging years of sexual harassment and mental abuse, received little mainstream media coverage.

 

CBS, NBC, and ABC were all silent on Sunday night, the same day Cuomo’s former aide Lindsey Boylan tweeted out the claims against her former boss, according to the Media Research Center.

The group said the same networks’ Monday morning news shows also failed to report on the allegations, which Cuomo has denied.

Fox News, meanwhile, ran a report on the news at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday evening.

Boylan served as Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development and as a special adviser from March 2015 through October 2018, when she resigned amid scrutiny of her own workplace conduct, an element she has argued. 

Boylan has a less-than-stellar opinion of the man she used to call her boss.  She alleges sexual harassment against the governor, a claim that could derail both his re-election as governor and his appointment as United States Attorney General.

Boylan has asserted that the Governor would often discuss her physical appearance, something she said occurred over the course of several years.  She added that the Governor would either sexually harass her or criticize her work. 

Boylan explained via Twitter:

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it and watched it.

“I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”

She continued:

“Not knowing what to expect (was) the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it.

“No one. And I know I am not the only woman. 

“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently (sic).

“I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.

“It was then how I learned how hard it is for women. How hard this world can be for us when we are trying to be taken seriously and help our community. How easily jerks can destroy the lives of women.”

Breanna Morello responded to Lindsey Boylan, piling on to Cuomo:

“Many women have made these accusations about the Governor but won’t go public with them.

“Even heard he joked around about a lesbian advocate who he’d love to sleep with, but she wouldn’t sleep with him. Room was filled with male staffers who just laughed it off.” 

Lindsey Boylan is now running for Manhattan Borough President.

In addition to ABC, CBS, and NBC, attention must be given to CNN and MSNBC’s coverage of the story as well.

CNN’s most-watched anchor Chris Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo’s brother, ignored the newly-surfaced sexual harassment claim against one of the country’s most prominent Democrats.

The controversial story about the New York Governor was not addressed by “Cuomo Prime Time” host on Monday night, along with the rest of his on-air colleagues, during the 48-hour period since the story broke, who also avoided the subject throughout the day.

Chris Cuomo’s stature as a so-called straight news anchor was drawn into question as his governor brother was a frequent guest on his show in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC made no mention of the story at all, according to Fox News.

The Media Research Center has reviewed transcripts from all the major networks, and only Fox News covered the story.  They confirmed that MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC all skipped on-air coverage of Boylan’s claims 24 hours after Boylan came forward.

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Cuomo smackdown: Supreme Court rules to temporarily bar NY from enforcing attendance limits in places of worship

November 27, 2020

NEW YORK – On November 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to temporarily bar New York from enforcing strict attendance limits on places of worship in areas that have been designated as coronavirus “hot spots”.

According to reports, the court ruled that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order violated the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause and actively discriminated against religious institutions.

The groups sued to challenge attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated red and orange zones, where New York had already capped attendance at ten and 25 people. However, the groups are now subject to less-restrictive rules because they’re not in areas that have been designated as yellow zones.

The justices split five-four to bar the state from enforcing the restrictions against the groups, for now, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. The court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented. The unsigned majority decision read, in part:

“Members of this Court are not public heath experts and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But, even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten.”

It added:

“The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

The justices acted on an emergency basis while lawsuits challenging the restrictions continued. In the unsigned order, a majority of the court said the restrictions “single out” houses of worship for especially “harsh treatment.”

The court’s recent ruling is in contrast to two decisions it issued back in May and June concerning churches in California and Nevada, which allowed state officials to restrict attendance at religious services.

With Barrett’s liberal predecessor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court, the justices were divided five-four to leave in place pandemic-related capacity restrictions affecting churches in California and Nevada.

The opinion also noted that in red zones, while a synagogue or church cannot admit more than ten people, businesses deemed “essential” from grocery stores to pet shops can remain open without capacity limits.

In orange zones, while synagogues and churches are capped at 25 people, even “non-essential businesses” may decide for themselves how many persons to admit. In his dissent, Roberts wrote:

“There was simply no need for the courts action. None of the houses of worship identified in the applications is now subject to any fixed numerical restrictions.”

He added that New York’s ten and 25 person caps do seem “unduly restrictive.”

He wrote:

“The Governor might reinstate the restrictions, but he also might not and it is a significant matter to override determinations made by public health officials concerning what is necessary for public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic.”

The court’s action was a victory for the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues that had sued to challenge state restrictions announced by Cuomo on October 6th. Randy Mastro, an attorney for the Diocese of Brooklyn said in a statement:

“We are extremely grateful that the Supreme Court has acted so swiftly and decisively to protect one of our most fundamental constitutional rights, the free exercise of religion.”

In an email, Avi Schick, an attorney for Agudath Israel of America, wrote:

“This is an historic victory. This landmark decision will ensure that religious practices and religious institutions will be protected from government edicts that do not treat religion with the respect demanded by the Constitution.”

It is still unclear how the case will proceed. However, New York’s Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood recently informed the court that recent changes to the policies in question meant none of the diocese’s churches or the area’s synagogues would any longer be subject to the restrictions.

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