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Andrew Cuomo's Iron Grip on Power Weakens as Scandals Pile Up

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A second former aide is accusing New York's three-term governor of sexual harassment, explosive new claims that come as Cuomo is under fire for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and facing calls for investigations on multiple fronts.
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After backlash over ‘outside review' of sexual-harassment claims, Cuomo asks AG & chief judge to pick counsel to investigate

After backlash over ‘outside review' of sexual-harassment claims, Cuomo asks AG & chief judge to pick counsel to investigate

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking to allay concerns that an investigation of sexual-harassment claims against him would be politically influenced, has called for state officials to choose a lawyer to handle the case.
The governor's office wants the review of allegations by two former staffers to be “beyond reproach,” Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to Cuomo, said on Sunday in a statement. She added that the governor's office had chosen former federal judge Barbara Jones to oversee the probe, citing her “stellar” qualifications and her integrity, “but we want to avoid...
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Cuomo, facing criticism, offers new plan for probe of harassment charges

Cuomo, facing criticism, offers new plan for probe of harassment charges

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ALBANY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a torrent of criticism over a plan to appoint a former judge to review sexual harassment allegations against him, offered a new proposal on Sunday morning even as the state's attorney general said she would seek a referral that would allow her office to open a probe of the charges.
Cuomo's move came after New York's top legislative leaders, both Democrats, made it clear on Saturday night that they supported an independent investigation, and that governor's original proposal didn't fit that description. Similar criticisms were leveled through the...
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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations From 2nd Former Aide

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations From 2nd Former Aide

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The governor said he will ask New York's attorney general and the state's chief judge to pick an independent investigator to review allegations against him brought by two former aides.
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Cuomo reverses course, asks New York Attorney General and top judge to appoint independent investigator over sexual harassment claims

Cuomo reverses course, asks New York Attorney General and top judge to appoint independent investigator over sexual harassment claims

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Summary List Placement New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said he planned to revise his widely criticized plan to have a former federal judge with ties to a longtime ally investigate sexual harassment claims against him.
In a Sunday press release , Cuomo's office said he would instead ask New York Attorney General Letitia James and Janet DiFiore, the chief judge on the highest court in New York, to name "a jointly select an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report."
"We had...
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Cuomo's office turns over sexual harassment investigation after Democrats question independence

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Cuomo had appointed a former judge to review the claims, made by two ex-aides, but even some close allies pushed back.
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Cuomo proposes review of harassment claims instead of full AG investigation

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ALBANY - Under fire from political leaders of his own party across the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a "review" of his alleged sexual harassment by an investigator chosen by the state attorney general and a Cuomo-appointed judge - but such a review would not have subpoena power.
News broke Saturday night that a second woman has accused Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of workplace sexual harassment. The governor proposed that a former federal judge of his choosing would handle the investigation, and lawmakers of both parties quickly rejected this proposal. Some even called for Cuomo's resignation.
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Cuomo asks state AG, top judge, to launch harassment probe

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Cuomo asks state attorney general, top judge to appoint independent lawyer to investigate sexual harassment allegations
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state's attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.
The move came after legislative leaders assailed Cuomo's plan to appoint a retired federal judge to conduct the probe.
“The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner...
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2nd woman accuses Cuomo of harassment

2nd woman accuses Cuomo of harassment

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ALBANY, N.Y. - A second former staffer has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
Charlotte Bennett, who began working for the state last March, told The New York Times that the governor had repeatedly asked her intimate personal questions, which felt like “something out of a horror movie.” They included questions about her romantic life and whether Bennett, 25, “had ever been with an older man.”
Bennett said Cuomo never touched her. But, she told the Times, "I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared. And was...
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Cuomo Directs NY Attorney General, Top Judge To Oversee Sexual Harassment Inquiry

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“We want to avoid even the perception of independence or interference of politics,” the governor's office said.
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Cuomo ends his year in the limelight by going into hiding

Cuomo ends his year in the limelight by going into hiding

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ALBANY - Sunday marked the 365th day since the first New Yorker tested positive for the coronavirus, concluding a year defined in large part by the omnipresence of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on television screens throughout the state and nation.
Cuomo seemed poised to spend the day in hiding. And even if he does emerge later in the day, he has made it clear that he will not discuss a New York Times report detailing the account of a second woman who has alleged sexual harassment by the governor .
As of mid-Sunday morning, Cuomo's schedule listed no public events for that day. If that doesn't change...
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Biden supports an 'independent review' into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Cuomo, press secretary says

Biden supports an 'independent review' into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Cuomo, press secretary says

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Summary List Placement White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that President Joe Biden supported an "independent review" of the allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after two women accused the governor of sexual harassment.
In an interview published Saturday with The New York Times, former aide Charlotte Bennett said Cuomo made unwanted sexual advances toward her and asked her inappropriate questions on multiple occasions in spring 2020.
"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett told the New York...
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New York lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo

New York lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo

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Summary List Placement State and federal lawmakers are coming out in support of an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In December, a former aide said she had been sexually harassed by the governor " for years ." At the time, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor between 2015 and 2018, did not divulge specific information about the circumstances and declined to speak to journalists.
But last week, Boylan broke her silence in a Medium post, said Cuomo had touched her inappropriately and kissed her without her consent...
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Allegations against Cuomo need to be carefully investigated, Biden's press secretary says

Allegations against Cuomo need to be carefully investigated, Biden's press secretary says

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday said President Joe Biden supports an “independent review” of the sexual harassment accusations leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week by a pair of former aides - adding that it was personally difficult for her to read the latest account of alleged misconduct by the governor.
The remarks from the president's top spokesperson came after Lindsey Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan borough president who formerly worked for Cuomo and the state's economic development agency, revealed in a blog post Wednesday that the governor had kissed...
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Second Former Aide Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

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A second former aide said she was sexually harassed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who responded with a statement Saturday saying he never made advances toward her and never intended to be inappropriate.
Charlotte Bennett, a health policy adviser in the Democratic governor's administration until November, told The New York Times Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she ever had sex with older men.
Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, recently accused Cuomo of...
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Two Former Staffers

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The harassment allegations follow reports that Cuomo's office covered up the number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19.
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Cuomo Investigation: Governor Attacked Over His ‘Independent Review' of Sex Harassment Claims

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Democratic leaders in Albany questioned the impartiality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's choice to lead the inquiry, while others called for his immediate resignation.
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Second Former Aide Accuses New York Gov. Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has denied the allegations but called for an independent review of the claims.
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