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Cuomo accused of inappropriately touching aide at mansion in Albany

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Then-Rep. Nita Lowey in the Capitol

Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday that the investigation into Cuomo will be led by Joon Kim, the former acting USA attorney for the Southern District of ny, and Anne Clark, who has represented numerous plaintiffs in sexual harassment lawsuits.

This week saw a sixth woman come forward and accuse Cuomo of behaving inappropriately, this time in the NY governor's mansion.

Cuomo said an expected increase of vaccine shipments made him comfortable with increasing eligibility.

Bennett, 25, has said she was summoned to the Capitol on a weekend and left alone with Cuomo, who asked her for help with his cellphone. The Governor addressed the allegations directly saying, "I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this".

The Times Union newspaper said the allegation had been made by an unidentified employee of the governor and the incident took place at his official residence a year ago. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time I made them feel uncomfortable.

On Tuesday, the Albany Times Union reported that the accuser, whose name is being withheld by the newspaper, disclosed that Cuomo had allegedly inappropriately touched her during an encounter at the mansion late previous year.

Several women who worked in Cuomo's administration have said they were sexually harassed or subjected to demeaning behavior by the governor.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets people after speaking at a vaccination site in New York
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets people after speaking at a vaccination site in New York

The woman, the sixth to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate behavior, is now not being identified. "In response, those aides failed to report Charlotte's claims to the Governor's Office of Employee Relations, as they were legally required", she said.

"I just don't see how he could govern effectively when fewer and fewer people believe him", de Blasio said Monday. Anna Ruch also accused Cuomo of making an unwanted advance at a wedding; she is not a former aide to the embattled governor.

The attorney general's office declined to comment.

"There's obviously allegations and then there's allegations", Cuomo said.

"I'm not aware of any other claim". There's capital crimes, there's physical violence, right?

"The Governor's sexual harassment, which Charlotte Bennett reported, was buried by his aides and never properly investigated", Katz's statement said.

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