“I believe that we will need mask mandates for children to go back to schools. And that will have to be universal, it will be statewide.”
“I believe that we will need mask mandates for children to go back to schools. And that will have to be universal, it will be statewide.”
“The attorney general’s report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10 years in control of the New York governor’s office comes to a close today.
The Assembly dropped the probe on Friday after advice from attorneys that it wouldn’t be legal to impeach Cuomo after he’s left office
“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that it’s not in the purview of the New York State governor to dictate to the New York State Assembly.”
The investigation brought down the governor less than a year after he won an Emmy Award for his famous coronavirus briefings.
“There is a lot there. You know, we didn’t just investigate sexual misconduct allegations like the Attorney General. We have investigations in several other areas that are pending.”
“You want to make sure things are right, but also done in an expeditious manner. And, you know, I believe that this is going to be dealt with in weeks.”
“There has been no open-minded fact-finding in this case.”
“It was the right thing to do. The governor needs to be held accountable.”
“What we need to do the soonest is to get Cuomo out of power because of the way he uses it, like a weapon.”
“We will cooperate fully with the Albany sheriff and turn over all evidence related to this complainant.”
“I think it’s extremely realistic for the committee to be considering articles of impeachment by early September. And then the Assembly would have a vote.”
“I will not be distracted from that job. We have a lot do to. We still have to manage the Covid beast. It is not dead yet. It is not over.”
“The Governor’s conduct in this regard is unremarkable: Democratic and Republican politicians, male and female alike, use handshakes, hugs, and kisses to connect with others.”
“No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign.”
Democrats will decide whether to move forward with impeachment charges against the governor. They’ve been building their own report to determine whether that’s the right move.
Cuomo denies the charges, and when he was first accused in late winter apologized if his actions had been misinterpreted.
“I can’t tell you how eager I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come.”
“The Senate passing it is fantastic. That the assembly hasn’t passed it is mystifying, unless you look at it as part of a pattern.”
“Today we are going to be righting that wrong,” Gounardes said. “To put a stop to the license to harass that elected officials and judges have exercised in New York for far too long.”
“This is Albany politics at its worst — both the Comptroller and the Attorney General have spoken to people about running for Governor and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest.”
Governor Cuomo said flat-out at several public appearances that he did nothing “wrong,” and rebuffing claims that his actions violated the state’s laws on sexual harassment.
In recent weeks, when the governor is asked by reporters about the probe, his answers often include a reference to the attorney general’s possible political motivations.
“The complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaints in the press, and I have not been able to respond. That’s not fair and that’s not right.”
The restrictions on the media began shortly after several current and former female aides accused the governor of sexual harassment, and in one case, sexual assault.
“To put it very simply, no,” Cuomo said.
60% approve the Democrat’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and about half (51%) do not believe Cuomo should resign.
“Nobody should have to experience the retaliation that I’ve faced in the last few months.”
The New York Attorney General’s Office is conducting its own, simultaneous investigation into the sexual harassment claim leveled against Cuomo in recent weeks.
“We’ll consider the use of subpoenas to ensure the documents are produced and there isn’t any obstruction or any destruction of documents.”
Questions are being raised about the State Assembly’s choice of a law firm to help an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The attorneys tapped to handle the investigation include a former federal prosecutor who helped investigate foreign meddling in the 2016 election.
“I’ve made my opinions clear, I think the governor should resign but I also understand that it is important that we do our job and that will always be my focus.”
“The voters are not necessarily, at the moment, following the lead of the elected officials.”
Larry Schwartz, a longtime aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called local officials in New York to gauge their loyalty to the governor. Some local officials viewed it as a threat to cut off vaccine.
“People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. I’m not going to resign.”
“I believe it is in the best interest of our State if Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul serves as Acting Governor until the Attorney General’s investigations or any other potential inquiries reach a conclusion.”
Republicans, who are in the minority in the legislature, said if the governor won’t resign, impeachment proceedings should begin.
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied touching women inappropriately, “the female aide became emotional” as she and other staff watched his remarks, according to the Times Union newspaper in Albany.
“I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable.”
A majority of Democrats in the state Legislature either haven’t taken a public position on whether Cuomo should resign, or have said they want to wait for the results of the attorney general’s investigation.
Cuomo’s plan would add a new, higher income tax bracket for New Yorkers making over $5 million a year. The wealthy would have the option of prepaying their taxes for the next two years at the 2020 rates.
“There is no question that they both have the knowledge and background necessary to lead this investigation and provide New Yorkers with the answers they deserve.”
“We won’t be able to force a vote, but we’re going to keep pounding on this issue. If they really believe in resignation, why not start the impeachment process?”
“No, there is no way I resign,” said Cuomo, who added that he deserves “due process” while the AG’s probe continues.
“It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it.”
“It takes a lot of courage, a lot of guts, oftentimes therapy, and counseling and support around the individual to come forward.”
“The pattern of sexual harassment and predatory behavior by Governor Cuomo is unacceptable, and I believe the women coming forward.”
One day after Cuomo offered his response to the charges, many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, said they don’t buy it
After one year of pandemic, over 38,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus so far and more than one and a half million were sickened.
“I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.”
The White House Press Secretary said President Biden has been briefed on the claims and supports an immediate investigation.
Cuomo, who is already under fire for withholding data that showed twice as many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than was previously disclosed, denies both allegations.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals
“It’s not true. Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opening and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addressed a public confrontation she had with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., earlier this week. She said her family “did not raise me to accept abuse from men.”
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“In putting together quid pro quo and hostile work environment, 31 percent of women and 18.9 percent of men experience it, and that translates into 3.9 million people.”
The caucus has released a final report about sexual misconduct allegations against Leach. It found “unprofessional” behavior, but no sexual harassment.
Democrat Daylin Leach lost support from his own caucus, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and the Democratic committees in the counties he represents after being accused of inappropriate conduct with female staffers.
A spokesman for newly elected Lawrence Tabas said a compliance officer will be tasked with enforcing the party’s legal and ethical rules.
New York’s standards for making harassment claims now surpass those required at the federal level and in many states. The new law says only claims that are “trivial or petty” would not be considered viable.
The effort comes on the heels of the Senate’s call for Montgomery County Democrat Daylin Leach to resign, in the wake of a provisional report about his treatment of staff.
For several years, Cornell University has had more Title IX investigations opened with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education than any other college or university. WSKG’s Celia Clarke recently spoke by phone with the Title IX Coordinator at Cornell, Chantelle Cleary about how the Office handles complaints on campus.
Treasurer Joe Torsella said fellow Democrat Senator Daylin Leach has shown a troubling pattern of “lashing out” against people who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa have re-introduced a bill that would change the way colleges and universities handle sexual assaults that occur on their campuses.
A recent legislative hearing on sexual harassment in state government focused in part on the role of the state’s ethics commission in investigating charges of alleged abuse.
During the first hearing on sexual harassment in New York’s government in 27 years, state lawmakers closely scrutinized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies on the issue, as victims told harrowing stories about their experiences.
One of the first things Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins did when she took over the chamber in January was to announce hearings on the state’s anti sexual harassment policies.
The disgraced movie mogul is already facing first-degree rape and other charges in New York. Now, Weinstein is facing new accusations that he assaulted a woman in 2006.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Federal officials are launching an awareness campaign about sexual assaults happening aboard passenger flights.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – A report from the state ethics commission clears Governor Cuomo’s former high level economic development official Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment charges, but the report leaves many unanswered questions.
The former movie producer made his first court appearance Tuesday since his arrest late last month.
An appeals court in New York ruled on Tuesday that the singer, who says that the producer raped her and was abusive, cannot dissolve their business partnership through a countersuit.
The congressman had already said he wasn’t going to run for re-election. Now, he will repay a $39,000 taxpayer-funded settlement. Meehan’s resignation will trigger a special election.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — State House Republicans are announcing two proposals aimed at curbing workplace harassment. The effort comes after one of their members–Delaware County’s Nick Miccarelli — was accused of harassment by fellow House Republican Tarah Toohil, of Luzerne County. She now has a restraining order against him. A few other lawmakers have also been accused of harassment in recent months. The GOP measures diverge significantly from previous solutions offered up by Democrats.
Democratic and Republican women have come together to ask that their chamber take up legislation overhauling how harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — On the heels of recent Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stories on alleged sexual harassment by state lawmakers, a number of officials are calling for a change. The latest story concerns 40-year veteran lawmaker Thomas Caltagirone, a Berks County Democrat. The House Democratic caucus paid a quarter million taxpayer dollars to settle a harassment complaint a staffer made against him. A non-disclosure agreement kept the whole thing under wraps. A few weeks before that was reported, fellow House Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky, of Delaware County, said a different news story made her realize the settlements were happening and being kept secret.
ALBANY (WSKG) – A state Assemblyman has been sanctioned by the Assembly Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a staff member. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin denies the charges and has asked for a criminal investigation of the ethics committee itself. The complaint against McLaughlin stems from a June 2016 complaint from a female staffer, who said the Republican from Rensselaer County made lewd comments to her and asked to see nude photos of her. McLaughlin also is accused of releasing the name of the staff member, then lying about it. The initial investigation was conducted in the summer of 2016, where members of the committee, along with an outside law firm hired by the Assembly, interviewed 10 witnesses and looked at texts and emails.