Dems silent over Andrew Cuomo scandal as fifth accuser speaks out, despite calls for him to resign if more women emerged
TOP Democrats have been silent over the Gov Andrew Cuomo scandal as a fifth accuser has come forward, despite calls for his resignation.
Top New York Democrats, like State Sen Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, have yet to make public comments about the latest accusations.
Stewart-Cousins on Thursday said that Gov Cuomo should step down if any more women come forward, but has yet to comment after two more women did.
"Any further people coming forward, I think it would be time to resign," she said just days ago.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has also been quiet in the hours after an additional two women who previously worked in Cuomo's administration spoke out.
In addition to the three women who have already come forward with allegations against Cuomo, former employees Ana Liss, 35, and Karen Hinton, 62, made claims this weekend as well.
Two more Cuomo aides came forward as:
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Liss, who worked as a policy and operations aide to Cuomo between 2013 and 2015, accused the governor of calling her sweetheart and once kissing her hand as she stood up from her desk, according to The Wall Street Journal.
She also accused the governor of asking if she was in a relationship and touching her lower back during an event.
Liss told The Journal that she first took Cuomo's behavior as "harmless flirtations."
Her views later changed, making her feel like "just a skirt," which Liss noted is "not appropriate, really, in any setting."
Cuomo's representative Jack Stern issued a statement to The Sun on Saturday night on behalf of the governor's Senior Advisor Rich Azzopardi.
"Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures," it read.
"At the public open-house mansion reception, there are hundreds of people, and he poses for hundreds of pictures. That’s what people in politics do."
In addition to Liss, another woman opened up this weekend about her experience working with Cuomo over two decades ago.
A former press aide for Cuomo, 62-year-old Karen Hinton, has alleged the governor summoned her to his "dimly-lit" hotel room and hugged her after a work event about 21 years ago, The Washington Post reported.
Hinton told the news outlet that she was a consultant for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was run by Cuomo, at the time of the incident.
She claimed to have resisted when Cuomo embraced her but he continued to pull her close to his body, according to the report.
The Post also reported that two former Cuomo aides, both male, were "routinely berated with explicit language."
They alleged Cuomo called them "p***ies" and said they "have no balls."
Stern issued another statement to The Sun on the Director of Communications for the Governor's behalf, regarding Hinton's claims.
Peter Ajemian said in the statement: "This did not happen.
"Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor's who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago.
"All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it's also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless."
"The people of this state elected the Governor to represent them four times during the last 14 years and they know he works day and night for them," added Azzopardi.
Cuomo responded to the "harassment" claims earlier this week and revealed he was "embarrassed."
During a remote briefing mid-week, Cuomo said: "I understand sensitivities have changed, behaviors have changed, and I’m going to learn from it."
Three other accusers, former aides Charlotte Bennett and Lindsay Boylan, as well as another woman Anna Ruch, had previously come forward with allegations against Cuomo.
Bennett said the governor would ask her inappropriate questions about her sex life, while Boylan said he kissed her on one occasion, and brought up playing strip poker on another.
Ruch said the governor grabbed her cheeks and asked to kiss her at a wedding, and that it was the first time they'd ever met.
The three women's accusations prompted calls for the New York boss to quit, even before two more women came forward.
At least five of Cuomo's staffers have quit in the past week over the sexual harassment allegations and Covid nursing home scandal while calls mount for the governor to resign.
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