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Report: Federal prosecutors subpoena Cuomo aides for material related to his COVID-19 book

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides for material related to his recent memoir as part of an investigation into the COVID-19 nursing home deaths, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the report, prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn want contracts and “materials used to pitch the book to publishers.” Cuomo’s book, released in October last year, recounted the governor’s spin on how his administration responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The materials were requested by prosecutors last month.

The ongoing probe is to determine whether the governor acted to cover up nursing home deaths in his state in an attempt to shield his pandemic response from criticism, as many New York Republicans and Democrats allege. Former federal prosecutor Michael Weinstein told the Journal that the requested materials could help investigators determine what was really going on in Cuomo’s administration.

“If reflections memorialized in records and notes are inconsistent with what he was saying publicly or with disclosures to health or government officials, that is potentially problematic,” Weinstein said.

Cuomo has faced intense scrutiny and criticism for his State Department of Health’s March 25, 2020, order to nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients transported from hospitals. Elderly people are more susceptible to contracting and dying from the SARS-CoV-2 and transferring COVID-positive patients into nursing homes put thousands of New York seniors at risk of illness and death.

New York state has reported more than 5,000 confirmed and presumed COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The governor has defended his order against attacks, accusing his critics of politicizing his actions.

“Anyone who wants to ask, why did the state do that with Covid patients in nursing homes? It’s because the state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance, so they should ask President Trump. I think that will stop the conversation,” Cuomo said last month after state Republicans called for an independent investigation into his order.

The Journal continues:

The criminal probe is an offshoot of inquiries in 2020 by the Justice Department’s civil rights and civil divisions that sought records on Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes in NewYork and other states led by Democratic governors, The Wall Street Journal has reported. An October letter viewed by the Journal said investigators were looking at possible violations of federal laws including the False Claims Act, which makes it illegal to knowingly submit a false record to the government.

The federal probe is also examining the drafting of a state law that granted civil and criminal immunity to nursing-home operators and whether the state improperly gave priority access to coronavirus testing to people close to Mr. Cuomo.

Mr. Cuomo’s senior adviser Rich Azzopardi, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and PenguinRandom House, which published the book under its Crown imprint, all declined to comment.

The company reached a deal to pay Mr. Cuomo $5.1 million for the book, according to financial-disclosure and tax documents released by his office last month. Two separate state probes are investigating whether it was improper that administration officials helped edit a book draft last summer. Mr. Azzopardi has said officials volunteered their time to work on the project.

In February, Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa told Democratic state lawmakers that the administration delayed the release of nursing home data on the coronavirus infections to avoid political fallout and public criticism from former President Donald Trump. The Eastern District probe into Cuomo’s administration began shortly after this revelation.

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Far-left NY Gov. Cuomo blasted for ‘sickening’ decision to use Memorial Day weekend to remember ‘essential workers’ who died from COVID-19

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received an earful of anger for using Memorial Day weekend to remember “essential workers” who died of COVID-19.

What are the details?

Cuomo’s order issued last week directed flags on state government buildings to fly at half-staff and state landmarks to be lit red, white, and blue on Sunday “to honor the essential workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19. Flags will remain at half-staff until noon and landmarks will remain lit on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day in honor of the service members who lost their lives fighting to defend our country.”

The governor noted during a press conference that “we remember those who gave their lives on Memorial Day. Gave their lives for this country. Fought for freedom because freedom isn’t free. I also think we should remember this past year, on Memorial Day, remember the 42,000 New Yorkers who died. 42,000. Remember the 1,000 essential workers who died giving their life. Giving their life.”

‘Sickening’

Rockland County Executive Ed Day — a former first responder — told News 12 The Bronx that the county wouldn’t take part in the Sunday directive, calling the decision a “sickening effort to co-opt the true meaning of Memorial Day.”

Others had similar reactions.

Gold Star wife Michelle Garcia — who lost her husband Justin in Iraq in 2006 when she was six months pregnant with their son — told the station she was outraged by Cuomo’s directive and wrote him a letter asking him to reconsider.

“We have Memorial Day to honor our fallen, and we have Veteran’s Day to honor our veterans,” Garcia told News 12. “Our essential workers do deserve that, but our fallen heroes deserve this weekend and Memorial Day to be about them.”

WGRZ-TV said it asked Dan Frontera — an Iraq war veteran and organizer of the Afghanistan-Iraq Memorial at the Buffalo Naval Park — and David Whipple, who lost his son Blake in Afghanistan, about Cuomo’s decision.

“There are a number of days that recognize the military, but Memorial Day is the only day that recognizes the fallen soldiers, Navy, and it’s all about them,” Whipple told WGRZ.

Image source: WGRZ-TV video screenshot

Whipple added to the station: “And to take another group, a deserving group, and co-mingle that with these folks, for over 200 years, who have fought for our freedom, lost their lives? No, I disagree with the decision to co-mingle, even if it’s Saturday, Sunday versus Monday. That weekend is Memorial Day weekend. That’s for a special group and we ought to keep it that way.”

Frontera told WGRZ, “Yes, recognize the people who were there to support COVID. Recognize the first responders, the nurses, the doctors who gave everything they had.”

Image source: WGRZ-TV video screenshot

However, Frontera added to the station, “But this holiday, this weekend, when you raise your glass, when you have your barbecue, it’s not about them. It’s about the young men and young women who gave their lives, who will be forever young, in the service of this nation. It’s not about what Governor Cuomo wants, not at all.”

Did anyone like Cuomo’s move? Why, yes — a union president

News 12 said 32BJ Union President Kyle Bragg noted that “some workers made the ultimate sacrifice, including over 150 of our union’s members. We thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for honoring their lives and sacrifices by including them in New York State’s Memorial Day tribute.”

Did Cuomo’s office have anything to add?

WGRZ reached out to Cuomo’s office about his decision, and the station said Rich Azzopardi — the governor’s senior adviser — offered the following response: “Memorial Day, which honors soldiers who paid the ultimate price to defend this nation, is Monday? and we are honoring those who stayed on the front lines and paid for it with their lives to help us fight this pandemic the day before. This isn’t either/or and surely there is enough space in our hearts to honor all these heroes in one weekend.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims journalists advise him ‘all the time,’ a claim that raises serious ethical concerns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) admitted Monday that journalists — other than his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo — routinely give him advice, triggering questions about the ethical implications of journalists cultivating cozy relationships with a powerful politician.

What did Cuomo say?

While speaking on Long Island, the scandal-embattled Democratic governor defended fielding advice from his brother, Chris — who did not previously disclose he was advising his governor brother — and revealed journalists advise him “all the time.”

“I had conversations with my brother. I always have conversations with my brother because he’s my brother and he’s my best friend,” Cuomo said, in response to the New York Post.

“Obviously, he was aware of what was going on and I talked to him about it, and he told me his thoughts. He always tells me his thoughts. Sometimes I follow them, sometimes I don’t,” he added, before claiming, “He was not covering the story. He had recused himself from the story.”

That’s when Cuomo admitted his brother is not the only journalist advising him.

“But I talk to journalists about situations all the time and they tell me their thoughts and their advice,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo, however, did not identify the journalists who purportedly advise him, nor did he disclose which news outlets employ them.

What are the ethical implications?

Cuomo’s admission suggests there are journalists regularly violating media ethics, either by actively working in politics through advising Cuomo or by engaging in a conflict of interest.

Tom Jones of the journalism institute Poynter noted, “It seems fairly evident that journalists helping politicians is crossing a line.”

In fact, the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics says, “Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts,” while the Associated Press advises its employees, “Editorial employees are expected to be scrupulous in avoiding any political activity, whether they cover politics regularly or not.”

Was Chris Cuomo disciplined?

Despite the blaring conflict of interest, CNN did not discipline Cuomo for not disclosing to CNN viewers that he was advising Gov. Cuomo regarding his sexual harassment scandal.

The Washington Post first reported on Cuomo’s ethical blunder.

“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” CNN said in a statement. “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother.”

“However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges,” the statement added. “He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”

For his part, Chris Cuomo only apologized for putting his CNN colleagues “in a bad spot,” but did not apologize to CNN viewers for not disclosing the fact that he was advising his brother.

“I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” Cuomo said. “It will not happen again. It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that. I would never intend for that. And I am sorry for that.”

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Women’s group to CNN: Suspend Chris Cuomo for advising NY gov brother on sexual harassment claims

A women’s group has issued a scathing response after CNN admitted anchor Chris Cuomo joined calls advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), on how to respond to a barrage of sexual harassment claims against the Democrat.

Feminist organization Ultraviolet called on the network to suspend the anchor immediately, arguing, “This was a major network news anchor advising the Governor of New York to actively push back against sexual harassment allegations and denegrate (sic) survivors.”

What are the details?

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that four sources say Chris Cuomo “joined a series of conference calls that included the Democratic governor, his top aide, his communications team, lawyers and a number of outside advisers” regarding the handling of several sexual harassment claims against the governor earlier this year.

The newspaper reported:

The cable news anchor encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, the people said. At one point, he used the phrase “cancel culture” as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.

CNN admitted that Chris was part of the strategy calls, saying in a statement, “Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes. In part, because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother.”

“However,” CNN continued, “it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”

What did the women’s group say?

Not good enough, Ultraviolet says.

“Make no mistake – this wasn’t just a brother talking to his brother about their lives, or even politics,” the women’s group wrote in reaction to the Post’s story. “This was a major network news anchor advising the Governor of New York to actively push back against sexual harassment allegations and denegrate (sic) survivors of abuse by defining their calls for accountability as ‘cancel culture.'”

The statement continues, “The fact that after this advice, Governor Cuomo instructed surrogates to attack and defame those who courageously came forward with their stories should not be lost on anyone.”

Ultraviolet concludes:

“CNN should immediately suspend Chris Cuomo and conduct a thorough investigation into whether or not his position of authority at the network has impacted how others covered the allegations against his brother, Governor Cuomo. Anything less is unacceptable, and further harms survivors of sexual abuse, who are already disinclined to come forward for fear of retaliation from men in power like the Cuomo brothers.”

Anything else?

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News‘ request for comment on UltraViolet’s statement.

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CNN admits Chris Cuomo wrongly participated in strategy calls with his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is accused of sexual harassment

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo inappropriately participated in conference calls with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), and the governor’s staff, giving advice on how the governor should respond to multiple allegations of sexual harassment levied by several women earlier this year, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

CNN admitted in a statement that Cuomo, one of the network’s leading anchors, participated in the strategy calls with the New York governor’s top advisers and said it was wrong for him to do so.

“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes,” the network told the Post. “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother.

“However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges,” the statement added. “He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”

While anchoring his nightly news program on CNN, Cuomo “joined a series of conference calls that included the Democratic governor’s top aide, his communications team, lawyers and a number of outside advisers,” according to anonymous sources who spoke to the Post.

The calls happened earlier this year as scandal erupted around the governor, who is accused of non-consensual touching or making unwanted sexual advances towards aides who worked in his office and other women.

The governor vehemently denied the allegations against him and has resisted calls to resign from Democratic lawmakers and lashed out at his opponents, vowing not to bow to “cancel culture.” He said he apologizes if he unintentionally made some women feel uncomfortable, but denies that “feeling uncomfortable” is equivalent to sexual harassment. A 2019 law Cuomo signed defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome verbal or physical behavior based on a person’s gender.”

At least part of the governor’s defiant response seems to be a strategy suggested by his younger brother, the cable news anchor.

Chris Cuomo reportedly “encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office,” the Post reported. “At one point, he used the phrase ‘cancel culture’ as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.”

CNN, which has happily provided a propaganda platform for the New York governor on “Cuomo Prime Time,” said their anchor Cuomo will not face disciplinary action for this violation of journalistic norms.

Gov. Cuomo’s conduct is currently under investigation by the state attorney general and the state Assembly. Cuomo has announced that he would seek re-election in 2022.

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NY Gov. Cuomo set to pocket more than $5M from COVID-19 leadership book

Scandal-plagued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is set to make $5.1 million from his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons form the Covid-19 Pandemic,” and has already pocketed $3.12 million from the deal struck during the thick of the pandemic.

Most of the funds he’s received so far have been funneled to his daughters’ trust fund.

What are the details?

The New York Times reported the governor disclosed his income from 2020 showing the $3.12 million, and state officials explained that the publisher, Crown, agreed to pay the governor another $2 million over the next two years.

However, the newspaper called the book a “minefield” for Cuomo and Crown, who canceled promotions of the memoir months ago as scandals against the governor grew. The publisher did not immediately respond to The Times’ question of whether they would still pay out the remainder of the governor’s advance.

The book was published in mid-October “as the public health crisis raged,” the New York Post noted, in a deal made by Cuomo “despite his administration being accused of sending COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes.” The Cuomo administration was also accused of underreporting fatalities from the facilities over concerns about political fallout, which could also impact book sales.

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the Times that the governor received $1,537,508 in net proceeds after expenses and taxes for the book deal in 2020.

“From that net income, the governor donated a third to the United Way of New York State for statewide Covid relief and vaccination effort, and is giving the remainder in a trust for his three daughters equally,” Azzopardi said in a statement.

Anything else?

The Daily Caller reported that “Cuomo’s office had previously said the governor would donate a ‘significant portion’ of his book earnings to a COVID-related charity.” Azzopardi did not immediately respond to the outlet’s request for explanation on why the majority went to Cuomo’s adult daughters.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) opened an investigation on whether Cuomo used state resources on his book, following reports that staffers from the governor’s office assisted in promoting his memoir.

James is also investigating several sexual harassment and misconduct claims against Cuomo, who has refused to step down despite several Republicans and fellow Democrats calling for him to do so.

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Yankees Suffer COVID Resurgence As 8 Fully-Vaccinated Players, Staff Test Positive

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

In an unsettling reminder that COVID-19 is still spreading, even as a scandal-scarred Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes ahead with reopening the Empire State – and even as practically everybody in the organization has already been vaccinated – the Yankees have seen their starting lineup crippled (shortstop Gleyber Torres was kept out of Wednesday’s starting lineup during a game against Tampa Bay) and a number of coaches and staff sidelined due to a sudden flareup of COVID-19.

But the surprising thing is that the Yankees have essentially required players and staff to get vaccinated, so this latest outbreak is afflicting staff and players who have already been fully vaccinated.

The Yankees – which, like the Mets, are reportedly planning to segregate fans into “vaccinated” and “unvaccinated” sections – have tested all players and staff at least three times since Tuesday.

Manager Aaron Boone shared more information on the situation inside the team on Wednesday in a COVID-themed update that sounded like an unwelcome relic from last season.

…Boone said MLB’s Joint COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee is waiting and reviewing a number of test results. The members of New York’s traveling party have been tested at least three times each since Tuesday.

“I know everybody is going to read into that but hopefully it’s nothing, it’s more just getting all the information,” Boone said of Torres.

Boone said the Yankees expect to receive an update about Torres on Wednesday night. He added that Torres tested positive for COVID-19 in December and has been vaccinated.

Aside from Gleyber, seven staffers and coaches have tested positive, bringing the total to 8. Boone revealed that pitching coach Matt Blake has joined third base Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff who recently tested positive. 2 additional staff members have tested positive, bringing the total for the non-coaching staff to four. In total, six of the seven coaches and staff were asymptomatic. He also offered some hopeful news:

“We’re seeing the vaccinations also kind of blunt the effects of the virus,” Boone said. “We’re also learning as we go and getting informed as what we need to do exactly and just try to do as best we can to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly. Just doing the best we can with it all.”

Pitcher Jameson Taillon said the team has been doing a good job of rolling with the punches.

“We’ve been dealing with this thing now for over a year,” Yankees pitcher Jameson Taillon said. “We’re just going to roll with the punches and try to protect each other, and do our responsibility to keep everyone safe. But we’re here and we’re to play.”

Still, word about the positive tests has clearly become a threat to “the narrative”, because in his Friday morning DealBook newsletter, Andrew Ross Sorkin (of NYT & CNBC fame) addressed the issue directly:

Eight fully vaccinated members of the baseball team tested positive for the virus. Some may interpret it as a lesson for businesses when workplaces loosen their protocols for things like masking, even if a majority of employees are vaccinated….Others argue that the Yankees’ frequent testing makes asymptomatic cases more likely to be caught, and given that only one of the eight has shown symptoms, it’s a sign that the vaccines are effective.

New York City is planning to “fully reopen” on July 1, and last night President Biden decreed that Americans who have been fully vaxxed can finally dispense with wearing masks.

While Pfizer and Moderna have confronted stories like this in the past by reminding the public that their vaccines are only 95% effective. But how can it explain larger outbreaks like this?

Or are these asymptomatic positives simply the result of false positives produced by high-cycle PCR thresholds?

Which is it?

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Gov. Cuomo declares New York is not ready to follow the science and implement the new CDC mask guidelines

Americans celebrated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask guidelines announcement Thursday that said vaccinated people can return to life without masks.

Except New Yorkers.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared shortly after the CDC unveiled its new mask policies that the Empire State would not be following the experts’ guidance on face masks — at least not yet.

What’s going on?

In a Thursday afternoon declaration, the CDC deigned to allow fully vaccinated Americans to return to mask-less, non-socially distanced life.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”

But Gov. Cuomo wasn’t sold on the federal government’s science experts’ recommendation, the New York Post reported, and had not decided if he would allow his subjects to enjoy normal life.

In a statement issued shortly after the agency’s announcement, Cuomo said he and his state government, including Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, would be following “the facts and the science” and would be reviewing the CDC guidelines.

“In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening,” Cuomo said. “We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states.”

Current New York rules state that fully vaccinated people can go without masks when they are outdoors — except when in crowded areas — but must remained mask indoors, no matter what.

What did one GOP state lawmaker say?

One New York Republican lawmaker, however, was quick to note that Cuomo’s record with nursing home COVID-19 deaths should lead people to listen to the CDC instead of the state’s leadership.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco (R) said that “our best bet as constituents is to always follow the CDC because we’ve seen what the ‘experts’ in New York state have provided,” the Post reported.

“I don’t think anything this governor says about using experts in New York state is true,” Tedisco added. “He’s working with people who are basically like working with Moe, Larry and Curly. I’d follow the CDC guidelines any time before following what the governor says.”

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Gov. Cuomo says ‘feeling uncomfortable’ isn’t harassment, contradicting harassment law he signed

Facing allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) attempted to defend himself Thursday, saying that making someone “feel uncomfortable” is not harassment.

During a news conference, City & State NY reporter Rebecca Lewis asked the governor about the statement he made after Charlotte Bennett, a former Cuomo aide, accused her ex-boss of making inappropriate sexual advances toward her.

“I never meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said in response. “I never said anything that I believe is inappropriate. You can leave this press conference today and say, ‘Oh, the governor harassed me.’ I would say I never said anything that I believed was inappropriate. I never meant to make you feel that way. You may hear it that way, you may interpret it that way. And I respect that, and I apologize to you if I said something that you think is offensive.”

But Lewis pressed him on the legal definition of sexual harassment, saying, “The harasser’s intention doesn’t matter. You can apologize if you make someone feel uncomfortable. I’m just wondering — do you acknowledge that, according to the law, it doesn’t matter?”

“Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo insisted. “That is not harassment. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable.”

Cuomo’s response raised eyebrows in the room and drew condemnation from anti-sexual harassment activists and Bennett, one of his accusers.

“When @NYGovCuomo propositioned me for sex, he broke the law,” Bennett said. “It is very simple: the issue is about his actions, it is not about my feelings. He broke the law (you know, the one he signed). Apologies don’t fix that, and neither do denials.”

In 2019, Cuomo signed a sweeping law that strengthened protections against sexual harassment and lowered the bar for a victim to prove harassment took place. The law defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome verbal or physical behavior based on a person’s gender.”

The Sexual Harassment Working Group, an activist organization comprised of former New York legislative staffers that fights harassment in the state Capitol, issued a statement blasting Cuomo’s “self-delusion.”

“Today Andrew Cuomo’s self-delusion reached impressive new heights & our response is very simple: Just because you believe you can’t make anyone ‘feel’ harassed by your actions, doesn’t make it legally true. If the Governor tried that before a judge he’d get laughed out of court,” the group said. “We accept his original confirmation of Charlotte Bennett’s account of him breaking the New York Human Rights Law he signed, by creating a hostile work environment and grooming her for sex.”

“We eagerly await the Attorney General’s investigation and look forward to the Governor being held accountable for his actions: Not anyone’s feelings,” the group added. “We are not going away and Cuomo will not silence victims.”

Cuomo faces accusations of sexual harassment from nearly a dozen women following the first accusation from Lindsey Boylan, a former aide. State Attorney General Letitia James (D) opened an investigation into the allegations earlier this year. At the same time, Cuomo is also under investigation for allegedly covering up nursing home deaths, tying vaccine access to political support, and misusing state resources to write and promote his pandemic book.

The New York State Assembly has also opened an impeachment inquiry into Cuomo, though Republicans have criticized what they say is a “stalled” investigation that has only provided two updates since it began more than two months ago.

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Cuomo investigation expanded to include top adviser who may have linked vaccines to political support for Cuomo: report

New York investigators have reportedly expanded their investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to include whether a top COVID-19 adviser tied vaccine access to political support for the scandal-embattled governor.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) opened an investigation into Cuomo earlier this year after numerous women came forward with sexual harassment allegations. The scandal boiled over just Cuomo was taking heat from federal officials over his COVID-related nursing home scandal. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is handing the nursing home investigation.

Cuomo is also being investigated over allegations “misused state resources to write and promote his pandemic book” about the pandemic, NBC News reported.

What are the details?

According to the Wall Street Journal, investigators have questioned at least three Democratic county executives “who said they were surprised to receive calls from Larry Schwartz,” Cuomo’s COVID vaccine czar who abruptly resigned from his position as a “volunteer adviser” last month.

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Mr. Schwartz contacted more than a half-dozen executives in early March, executives said, as Mr. Cuomo faced mounting calls for his resignation from members of his own political party and was personally contacting state lawmakers to shore up support.

The executives said that at the time of Mr. Schwartz’s calls they were typically speaking with him about the allocation of vaccine supplies, not politics. Mr. Schwartz has said he didn’t link vaccine distribution to political considerations. On Friday, he referred questions to his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, who declined to comment.

At least one of the county executives filed a complaint with the state’s attorney general’s office after fielding a call from Schwartz, the Journal reported.

“Right at the time that every county was working, and desperately needed more vaccines, to receive a call from the person who was responsible for allocating those doses gauging political loyalty to the governor was an obvious conflict, and at best ethically gray,” one county executive told the Journal.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D), meanwhile, told the Journal he did not feel Schwartz tried to pressure him into supporting Cuomo.

Why did Schwartz step down?

According to the New York Post, Schwartz stepped down after the New York State Legislature repealed a controversial rule that allowed some individuals to serve as volunteer officials during the pandemic.

The rule change, according to the New York Times, meant Schwartz would have been “treated as a public officer following the legislative changes, which would have required him to file financial disclosure forms and be subject to a two-year lobbying ban after his service to the state.”

Numerous staffers have resigned from Cuomo’s office in recent months as investigators continue their investigations into Cuomo. “Those include aides Max Orenstein, Laura Edidin, Christopher O’Brien, Caitlin Girouard, Eric Hammond, Will Burns, Kumiki Gibson and Gareth Rhodes. Most recently, Cuomo spokesman Jack Sterne left in mid-April, a year into serving in the communications department,” the Post reported.

Cuomo’s communications director, Peter Ajemian, is the latest to leave. His last day was Friday.

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New York Democratic spat: Mayor de Blasio doubles down after Gov. Cuomo mocks plan to reopen NYC by July 1

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio scored headlines last week when he announced the city plans to “fully reopen” July 1 with no restrictions — an announcement Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked the same day.

On Monday, de Blasio doubled down on his vow to get the city up and running again this summer.

What happened?

Hizzoner declared Thursday on MSNBC that the Big Apple planned to end all pandemic restrictions on restaurants, retail, and other businesses on July 1. The mayor cited that more than 6.3 million residents had been vaccinated already and that daily COVID-19 infections and deaths were on their way down.

“Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1,” de Blasio said. “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength. People have gotten vaccinated in extraordinary numbers, 6.3 million in New York City to date.”

But Cuomo — the one man in the state with the actual power to end COVID-19 restrictions — knocked his archnemesis’ goal, the New York Post reported.

“I want it opened up on Monday. I want to open up New York City on Tuesday. I want it open on Wednesday. I want Buffalo opened up on Thursday,” Cuomo said in a mocking, whiny voice, the paper said. The governor added that it’s not a matter of “want” and that he hopes it will open sooner.

“I don’t want to wait that long,” Cuomo said. “I think we can do it before that.”

De Blasio press secretary Bill Neidhardt told the Post, “I don’t care what a serial sexual harasser and assaulter and someone who covered up the deaths of thousands of people at nursing homes has to say about anything.”

On Monday, despite Cuomo’s mockery about his reopening goals, de Blasio took to the airwaves to repeat the July 1 reopening plan.

“Look, we are going to be ready July 1,” he told Spanish-language TV network Telemundo’s morning show, “Hoy Día,” the Post said. “Eight weeks from now, New York City is going to come back, because we are making incredible progress.”

“New Yorkers want a reopening, and they’re actually doing something about it, going out and getting vaccinated in extraordinary numbers,” the mayor continued. “This is going to be an amazing summer in New York City, it’s going to be an exciting summer, and we’re going to be ready for it.”

The Empire State’s COVID-19 positivity rate over the weekend dropped below 1.5%, the Post reported, which is the lowest since October. And the five NYC boroughs’ seven-day positivity rate was just 1.78% as of Saturday.

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Chris Cuomo chastises Ted Cruz for no longer wearing a mask at the Capitol, Texas senator strikes back

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is done wearing a face mask at the Capitol now that he has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

“At this point I’ve been vaccinated. Everybody working in the Senate has been vaccinated,” Cruz told CNN on Thursday. “CDC has said in small groups, particularly with people who were vaccinated, don’t need to wear masks.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are senators who have yet to be vaccinated, according to Forbes. However, Paul has been infected and has coronavirus antibodies.

CNN host Chris Cuomo chastised Cruz for not wearing a face mask inside the Capitol building.

“It is baffling when you have people like Senator Ted Cruz joining Rand Paul in ditching his mask as they walk the halls of Congress,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that not all of the Capitol staffers and people in the media have been vaccinated yet. The CNN host added that the CDC advises that people continue to wear masks after being vaccinated. Cuomo accused Cruz of “playing politics” by not wearing a face mask.

Cruz struck back at Cuomo by taking a shot at his New York governor brother Andrew Cuomo.

“Hey Chris — did your bother ‘believe in science’ when he sent Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers & then repeatedly lied about it?? Oh, I forgot, CNN won’t cover that,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Cruz was making a reference to New York’s nursing home deaths, and the FBI investigation into the allegations of state officials intentionally underreported nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coincidentally, Chris Cuomo was reportedly sent a letter from the building superintendent of his New York City residence last year for repeatedly not wearing a face mask and disobeying his own brother’s mask mandate.

Last month, there was an incident when a reporter asked Cruz to put on a mask during a press conference.

“When I’m talking to the TV camera I’m not going to wear a mask, and all of us have been immunized,” Cruz said as he made a gesture to his fellow lawmakers in the room at the time. “You’re welcome to step away if you like.”

Cruz noted that the “whole point of a vaccine” was so that people no longer have to wear a mask.

Cruz joins Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who hasn’t been wearing a mask after he was the first U.S. senator to contract coronavirus. Paul contends that his antibodies are sufficient protection after being infected with COVID-19 in March 2020.

“Modern medicine shows us that immunity is based on having antibodies. Why do they think medicine is trying so hard to get a coronavirus vaccine? Immunity,” Paul wrote on Twitter last May. “I have taken an antibody test and am positive for long term Covid-19 antibodies.”

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Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy Giuliani, plans to challenge Cuomo for NY governor

Andrew Giuliani, a former top aide to President Donald Trump and the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is reportedly “heavily considering” challenging Andrew Cuomo for New York’s governorship in 2022.

“I plan to run,” the 35-year-old Republican told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday, adding that “outside of anybody named Trump,” he thinks he has “the best chance to win and take the state back.”

“I think there’s an opportunity in 2022 with a wounded Democratic candidate, whether it’s going to be Gov. Cuomo, whether it’s going to be a radical [New York Attorney General] Letitia James, whether it’s going to be a no-name lieutenant governor, I think there’s a very, very real chance to win,” he suggested.

The current executive head, embattled Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is expected to run for a fourth term despite mounting criticism for his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and numerous ongoing sexual harassment scandals.

The governor is currently under fire for his implementation of a deadly policy early in the pandemic that forced nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients returning from the hospital, and also for his potential cover-up of the resulting deaths. Moreover, in recent months, Cuomo’s political problems have worsened, as multiple women, including current and former state employees, have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

Giuliani believes the Democratic governor’s cratering approval rating may offer a window for a Republican with a prominent name to snag victory in the deep blue state.

“I believe I can win the race,” said the former special assistant to Trump. “I think I’m the right candidate, and this is the right time to help change New York State, and we’ve got a playbook that works.”

“Whoever ends up winning is going to have to implement the Giuliani playbook on public safety, so who better to do that than a Giuliani?” he added.

Giuliani’s potential run has reportedly been fueled by encouragement from several big donors and Republican allies.

The Examiner reported that Giuliani hopes to “challenge Cuomo’s handling of crime, taxes, education, and the mutiny of New Yorkers from the state.”

“New York is going to be one of two states over the last decade to lose population. It just shows how terribly Cuomo has run the state into the ground, and the truth is the assembly in state Senate is to blame as well,” he said. “It’s a combination of bail reform, increased taxes, and plummeting quality of life. So I think people will have to determine whether I am, you know, Giuliani 2.0 or whether I’m a new thing. I look forward to making my case and letting New Yorkers determine that for themselves.”

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Federal investigators reportedly closing in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over nursing home scandal

Federal investigators are reportedly closing in on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and nursing home facilities in the Empire State.

The new development comes as Cuomo faces increased scrutiny — including bipartisan calls to resign — over allegations of sexual misconduct by numerous women.

What are the details?

According to the New York Times, federal investigators are probing whether Cuomo’s administration provided false information to the Justice Department last year that intentionally downplayed the grave nursing home situation.

More from the Times:

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have contacted lawyers for Mr. Cuomo’s aides, interviewed senior officials from the state Health Department and subpoenaed Mr. Cuomo’s office for documents related to the disclosure of data last year, the people said.

The interviews have included questions about information New York State submitted last year to the Justice Department, which had asked the state for data on Covid-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes, according to the people. False statements in such a submission could constitute a crime.

The New York Post confirmed the reporting.

“The probe, which is being overseen by the Eastern District of New York, opened with interviews of senior members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force but now is looking at Cuomo and his most senior aides as well,” the Post reported.

What is the background?

The FBI and the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office launched an investigation into New York’s nursing home deaths last month over allegations that Cuomo’s administration manipulated data to avoid political fallout.

Cuomo defended his administration by claiming that New York officials “fully and publicly reported all COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes and hospitals.”

“There is nothing to investigate,” Cuomo claimed last month.

However, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced in January that an investigation discovered New York’s nursing home resident death toll could be at least 50% higher than what state officials admitted because they had only counted residents who died inside nursing home facilities — not residents who died after being transported to a hospital.

The New York Times reported in early March the actual number of long-term facility residents who died from COVID-19 in New York stands at more than 15,000.

Shockingly, Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Cuomo, told New York Democrats last month that Cuomo’s administration hid data on New York nursing homes after then-President Donald Trump began pressuring Cuomo on social media last summer.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio reacts to claim that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had dartboard with his face on it

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted Friday to a claim that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a dartboard in the pool house at the governor’s mansion with a photo of the mayor’s face on it, by making a dig against the embattled governor before calling Cuomo’s purported display “juvenile.”

What are the details?

The New Yorker reported this week that former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan — the first of several women to come forward accusing the governor of sexual harassment — claims she spotted a dartboard with de Blasio’s face on it while at a party held at the pool house during her tenure in the administration between 2015 and 2018.

The magazine reported:

Boylan recalled seeing a dartboard bearing a photo of Bill de Blasio, Cuomo’s antagonist since he was elected Mayor of New York City, in 2014. “I couldn’t believe how brazen that was,” she said. (A spokesperson for the Governor declined to comment on the dartboard.)

During a media conference, de Blasio was asked for his take on the dartboard allegation.

“Well, I’ll tell ya, the first thing I thought…we know that Gov. Cuomo, like Donald Trump, has been obsessed with the size of his hands, so I thought with those big, big hands, how could he possibly hold those tiny, tiny darts. Must have been very difficult.”

After the attempted joke, de Blasio added, “No, look, it’s juvenile. It’s just like frat house humor. It’s not something you would like to see from someone who has, like, serious leadership responsibilities. But, it is what it is.”

According to the attorney of another Cuomo accuser, the governor has a “preoccupation with his hand size and what the large size of his hands indicated to [their client] and other members of his staff.”

Former President Donald Trump’s hands became a topic in the 2016 Republican primary debates, after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made a joke about his then-rival.

Anything else?

The New York Daily News reported that “De Blasio and Cuomo, who are both Democrats, have long feuded. But their rivalry has reached new and public lows as the governor faces a storm of sexual misconduct allegations and loud calls for his resignation.”

Earlier this month, the mayor said of Cuomo, “I just don’t see how he could govern effectively when fewer and fewer people believe him.”

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Just 35% of New Yorkers say Cuomo should resign, most satisfied with his answers on sexual harassment allegations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands publicly accused of sexual harassment by seven women, is under federal investigation for covering up nursing home COVID-19 deaths, and faces an impeachment investigation from state lawmakers. And despite all of this, a new poll found barely a third of New York voters want the governor to resign.

Only 35% of New Yorkers surveyed said that Gov. Cuomo should immediately resign following his sexual harassment and nursing home scandals, according to a new Siena poll. Half of voters surveyed, 50%, said the governor should not resign. A plurality of voters, 48% to 34%, also said Cuomo can continue to effectively do his job as governor.

Only one-third of voters believe that Cuomo committed sexual harassment, one-quarter of voters say he did not, and a plurality of voters are unsure. Overall, the poll found New Yorkers are satisfied with the way Cuomo has responded to the allegations by a margin of 57%-32%.

Cuomo is accused by multiple women of inappropriate touching, kissing women without their permission, and one accusation that he “aggressively groped” a female aide working at the governor’s mansion. That last accusation may have risen “to the level of a crime,” Albany police officials said last week after state police and the governor’s lawyers contacted them about the alleged incident.

The governor has repeatedly denied all of the allegations against him, insisting that New Yorkers wait for a report from independent investigators appointed by the New York state attorney general’s office, who are reviewing the allegations.

On the question of Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic, voters’ opinions are virtually unchanged from last month. A majority of 60% of New Yorkers approved of his handling of the pandemic, while just 33% disapproved. Most voters approved of how Cuomo communicates, said he provides “accurate information,” and agreed with his plans for reopening New York.

The only mark Cuomo scored poorly on was making COVID-related nursing home death data public, with 66% of voters grading the governor “fair” or “poor.” An aide to the governor admitted last month that the Cuomo administration hid data on nursing home deaths for fear of the political ramifications to be faced for publishing it. The New York Times reported last week that aides to the governor rewrote a report on nursing home deaths to hide the fact that 9,000 senior citizen residents had died of COVID-19 after Cuomo’s controversial executive order placing COVID-19 patients in nursing homes.

“Voters appear to be able to compartmentalize how they feel about Cuomo. While their views on him generally – favorability, job performance, re-elect – took a significant hit this month, voters’ views on Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic remain largely positive, except for his handling of nursing home death data,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. “Two-thirds of New Yorkers, including 56 percent of Democrats, give him a negative grade for making public all data about COVID-related deaths of nursing home patients.”

Though both Republican and state Democratic leaders have called on the governor to resign in recent weeks, Cuomo has adamantly refused to do so. In a statement released Monday, the chairman of the New York Democratic Party appeared to call on state Democrats to back down, saying the party should “focus on getting the work of government done.”

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Biden refuses to call for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, but previously said women should be believed

President Joe Biden finally responded to the growing sexual misconduct scandal facing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Cuomo stands accused of asking female aides about their sex lives and kissing women without their permission, along with an accusation that he “aggressively groped” a female aide working at the governor’s mansion. Cuomo has denied the allegations.

The incident of alleged groping was referred to the Albany Police Department by the New York State Police, the New York Times reported. Investigators, however, have not opened a criminal investigation into Cuomo, and the New York attorney general’s office is leading the probe into the allegations.

What did Biden say?

Responding to a question from a reporter on Sunday, Biden refused to demand Cuomo’s resignation, despite most prominent New York Democrats and top Democrats in general having already condemned Cuomo.

The reporter asked, “Do you think Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign?”

“I think the investigation is under way and we should see what it brings us,” Biden responded.

Biden’s posture toward the allegations facing Cuomo is drastically different compared to his response when he reflected on his handling of Anita Hill’s allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. At the time, Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving him significant control over how the Senate handled Hill’s allegations.

In 2018, while reflecting on his handling of the Hill allegations — during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation, during which multiple women made unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against him — Biden said that women should be believed.

“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron,” Biden said, the Washington Post reported.

What has VP Harris said?

Vice President Kamala Harris, herself a champion of believing women who allege sexual misconduct against men, has also rebuffed questions about Cuomo, so far refusing to say whether the disgraced governor should resign.

Harris once said she believed the women who accused Biden of inappropriate touching.

“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said in 2019.

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While appearing on CNN, WaPo media critic rips CNN for Cuomo brothers’ ‘love-a-thon’: ‘It’s a major black eye for network’

Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple went scorched earth during an appearance on CNN. While appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Wemple bashed the liberal cable TV news network for allowing CNN host Chris Cuomo to have “love-a-thons” with his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Chris Cuomo is the anchor of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” which is self-described as a “news program where Cuomo tests power with newsmakers and politicians from both sides of the aisle.” However during the coronavirus pandemic, Cuomo welcomed his New York governor brother on the show to deliver an unchallenged and glowing narrative of his leadership.

Many times the interviews were completely unprofessional and chummy. There were jokes that the governor only appeared on the show because their mom made him and then there was a strange segment that involved a gigantic Q-tip. All this positive coverage despite New York having the second-most coronavirus deaths per million and there being bombshell reports that New York’s nursing home deaths were far higher than Cuomo’s administration admitted.

Cuomo has not appeared on his brother’s CNN show since the flurry of sexual harassment allegations against the governor started to storm in.

Flash forward to Sunday, Wemple was a guest on “Reliable Sources” to discuss the media coverage of Andrew Cuomo and his scandals. Wemple did not hold back at pointing out the bias of a news network previously handing out flattering publicity to a political figure by his own brother.

“I would be remiss, Brian, if I didn’t mention CNN’s own huge media story here with Chris Cuomo, the anchor at the nine o’clock hour, who covered Andrew Cuomo and had all these wonderful love-a-thon interviews with him, more than ten of them,” Wemple told CNN host Brian Stelter.

“And they suspended the conflict of interest rule for Chris Cuomo for those interviews, yet all of the sudden they’ve enforced it again now that Andrew Cuomo is in the midst of a historic scandal in the Albany State House,” Wemple continued.

“So, I think that is a major black eye for CNN,” Wemple proclaimed. “I will say that you and other people have covered the Cuomo story very aggressively, so I do want to be fair about this, but it is a major black eye for this network.”

Stelter looked stone-faced as Wemple ripped his network during an interview on CNN.

To his credit, this isn’t the first time that Wemple has called out a left-leaning cable TV news host. In 2019, Wemple bashed MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow for her partisanship and “rooting” for the Steele dossier to be true instead of being more concerned with the truth.

When small bits of news arose in favor of the dossier, the franchise MSNBC host pumped air into them. At least some of her many fans surely came away from her broadcasts thinking the dossier was a serious piece of investigative research, not the flimflam, quick-twitch game of telephone outlined in the Horowitz report. She seemed to be rooting for the document.

And when large bits of news arose against the dossier, Maddow found other topics more compelling.

She was there for the bunkings, absent for the debunkings — a pattern of misleading and dishonest asymmetry.

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Latest allegations against NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to Albany police

The Albany Police Department has been notified of the latest sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and is offering their services to the alleged victim, should she wish to file a criminal complaint.

Albany police officials who spoke to the New York Times said the latest reported incident between the governor and a former female aide who is much younger than he may have risen “to the level of a crime.”

A spokesman for the department said they have not received a formal complaint from the woman nor opened a criminal investigation, but they have offered their help to her, “as we would do with any other report or incident.”

State police contacted Albany police after the Albany Times Union reported the latest accusations against the governor, made by an unidentified aide who said that at the governor’s mansion late last year Cuomo reached under her blouse and “aggressively groped her.” The former aide is the sixth woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment.

Cuomo’s lawyer Beth Garvey told the Times that she had contacted the police department and reported the allegations against the governor, following state policy. She also said a lawyer for the female aide told the governor’s office that the aide does not wish to file a police report.

“As a matter of state policy, when allegations of physical contact are made, the agency informs the complainant that they should contact their local police department,” Garvey said in a statement. “If they decline, the agency has an obligation to reach out themselves and inform the department of the allegation.”

She added: “In this case, the person is represented by counsel and when counsel confirmed the client did not want to make a report, the state notified the police department and gave them the attorney’s information.”

The Albany Times Union reported Wednesday that the female aide “had been called to the mansion under the apparent pretext of having her assist the governor with a minor technical issue involving his mobile phone.”

After the aide was alone with Cuomo on the second floor of the governor’s mansion, she claims he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her without her consent.

Gov. Cuomo has forcefully denied these allegations.

“I have never done anything like this,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday, calling the Times Union report “gut-wrenching.”

He refused to speak to the specifics of the allegations, referring to the ongoing review by state Attorney General Letitia James and expressing confidence in her forthcoming report on all of the allegations.

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Gov. Cuomo allegedly reached under aide’s blouse and ‘aggressively groped her’ in governor’s mansion: report

New details have emerged from the latest sexual harassment claim against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in a report that alleges he reached under the blouse of an aide — his sixth accuser and a member of his Executive Chamber staff — and “aggressively” fondled her after luring her to his private residence in the governor’s mansion.

What are the details?

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 last year. Although the woman has not filed a formal complaint herself, fellow staffers reported the incident to a supervisor and the allegations were reported to the governor’s office and the New York attorney general’s office over the weekend.

In a follow-up story on Wednesday, the Times Union revealed that according to a person with direct knowledge of the claims, the incident allegedly occurred after the aide “had been called to the mansion under the apparent pretext of having her assist the governor with a minor technical issue involving his mobile phone.”

The source claims the aide and the governor “were alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor of the mansion when he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her.”

The alleged victim purportedly claims she asked the governor to stop, and the Times Union reported that “her broader allegations include that he frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her and that it was not the only time that he had touched her.”

The allegation from the sixth accuser reportedly came to light at the governor’s Executive Chamber on March 3, as staffers congregated to watch Cuomo’s news conference that day where he denied ever touching anyone “inappropriately.”

The Times Union reported:

Hearing those remarks, the female aide became emotional. At least one female supervisor came to her aide and asked her why she was upset. The female aide subsequently told the supervisor what she said had been [in] inappropriate encounters with Cuomo, the source said.

In reaction to the claims, Cuomo told the outlet:

“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”

What else?

Five other women have come forward in recent weeks alleging Cuomo sexually harassed them, and all incidents are currently being investigated in a probe led by the New York attorney general’s office.

Prior to the sexual harassment claims, Cuomo was already under fire and facing calls to resign from Republicans and Democrats alike for allegedly underreporting fatalities in nursing homes last year over fears of political fallout for his executive order forcing facilities to take in COVID-19 patients.

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Cuomo hit with sixth sexual harassment claim, accused of touching another woman inappropriately

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been accused of sexual harassment by a sixth woman — an aide who claims he touched her inappropriately during an encounter at the governor’s mansion late last year.

What are the details?

The Albany Times Union reported Tuesday that the latest alleged victim to come forward is a member of the Executive Chamber staff who claims the governor made the unwanted advances toward her at the mansion in Albany when she “had been summoned to do work.”

An Executive Chamber supervisor just recently became aware of the allegation, and other employees reported the complaint over the weekend to the governor’s office and to the New York attorney general’s office, where an investigation into five other sexual harassment claims is already ongoing.

According to the Times Union, the aide has not filed a formal complaint herself, and the outlet is withholding her name until she can be reached for comment.

Cuomo was asked about the latest allegation during a conference call with the press on Tuesday, but said that he was not aware of the allegation.

“First, I’m not aware of any other claim,” the Democrat insisted, reiterating, “As I said last week, this is very simple, I never touched anyone inappropriately.”

“No one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable,” the governor continued, adding, “Obviously, there are people who said after the fact that I made them uncomfortable.”

The sexual harassment allegations that surfaced in recent weeks have led New York politicians on both sides of the aisle to join calls for Cuomo to resign.

The governor was already embroiled in scandal over claims that his administration underreported nursing home deaths last year over fears of the political fallout from his executive order placing COVID-19 positive patients in long-term care facilities at the start of the pandemic.

The state’s Democrat-led legislature moved last week to strip him of the emergency powers granted to him during the pandemic, and Republicans are rallying efforts to have the governor impeached.

This week, Fox News reported that Cuomo also ordered homes for people with developmental disabilities to take in coronavirus patients in an order that remains in place.

Anything else?

Despite the backlash from the scandals, Cuomo has adamantly refused to step down, arguing that he “was elected by the people of the state,” and not by the politicians who want him out.

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Cuomo ordered group homes for disabled to accept COVID-19 patients. At least 552 have died.

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) faces articles of impeachment over covering up COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes and multiple allegations of sexual harassment, there is renewed scrutiny of his administration’s mishandling of the pandemic, including focus on an executive order that required homes for people with developmental disabilities to accept coronavirus patients.

Cuomo’s nursing home scandal, in which the governor issued an executive order to move COVID-19 patients from hospitals to nursing homes and then manipulated data to hide how many senior citizens contracted the coronavirus and died, is well documented. But another directive issued by the governor has until now received little attention.

The April 10 executive order, first highlighted by Maria McFadden Maffucci for National Review, directed residential group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to accept positive COVID-19 patients released by hospitals, just like the executive order for nursing homes. Cuomo’s nursing home order was eventually rescinded, but the order relating to homes for people with disabilities remains in effect. The results were tragic.

According to a study published in Disability and Health Journal in June and cited by McFadden Maffucci, New Yorkers with disabilities living in residential group homes were more than twice as likely to have severe outcomes and deaths from COVID-19. “Circumstances and decisions made early in the pandemic may have contributed to the higher case rate of people living with IDD in residential group homes. Those who tested positive for COVID-19 or who had presumed infection (during the time of limited testing availability) were required to return to their residential setting with instructions to sequester,” the study’s authors wrote.

Now, Fox News reports that 552 residents at homes for people with disabilities have died of COVID-19, according to the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Additionally, more than 6,900 of the more than 34,552 people living in these homes have been infected with coronavirus.

“These group homes were required to have a process in place to expedite the return of asymptomatic residents from the hospital, who were deemed appropriate for return to their OPWDD certified residence,” an agency spokeswoman said. “In other words, OPWDD providers could accept individuals only if they could safely accommodate them in the group home.”

She added that people “who could not be safely accommodated either remained at the hospital or were served in one of the over 100 temporary sites established for COVID-19 recovery efforts in partnership with OPWDD provider agencies.”

New York State Republicans that gave statements to Fox News said they have begun investigating Cuomo’s directive and have requested updated data on COVID-19 deaths and infections among New York’s IDD community.

“I am deeply concerned that the April 10th order from OPWDD needlessly put some of our most vulnerable citizens in harm’s way. Close on the heels of the deadly nursing home order from the Department of Health (DOH), this order appears both dangerous and tone deaf. Transparency has been a major failing of this administration at all levels,” state Sen. Mike Martucci, a Republican signatory of the letter and ranking member of the Senate Disabilities Committee, said.

New York has prioritized people with disabilities living in group homes for vaccines and anyone with an intellectual and developmental disability has been eligible to receive a vaccine since Feb. 15.

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Did the ‘Cuomosexual’ media enable Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

Two more women came forward over the weekend with allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Although Cuomo issued a public apology for making people uncomfortable, he said he “never touched anyone inappropriately.” Now Democrats are calling for the resignation of the once beloved governor.

Steven Crowder told his audience Monday that he does not believe Cuomo is a “serial rapist.” However, he does believe Cuomo should be held accountable for the grossly underreported number of COVID-19 deaths that occurred in New York nursing homes.

Crowder reminded his audience of when Steven Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Ellen Degeneres self-identified as “Cuomosexuals” and members of the mainstream media praised Gov. Cuomo as “one of the heroes on the front lines [of COVID].”

“Do not let the left get away with this,” Crowder said. “This was their guy … the example of how states should handle COVID.”

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New York Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Gov. Cuomo

New York Republican lawmakers have moved to impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) after he steadfastly refused to resign following multiple accusations from women of sexual harassment and an explosive report that his aides worked to cover up COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

Recently, Cuomo has faced several calls for his resignation from state Democratic leaders and from the Albany Times Union, but said Sunday “there is no way I resign.” Now Republicans have forced the issue in the state Assembly by introducing articles of impeachment against the governor Monday.

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R) admitted that the Democratic majority will determine whether the articles of impeachment move forward, but said Monday, “We’re going to keep pounding on this issue.”

Nearly 30 Democratic lawmakers have called on the governor to resign his office, including Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. In a statement released Sunday, she said the growing scandals about sexual harassment, the toxic work environment surrounding the governor, and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in nursing homes have distracted from the needs of New Yorkers during the pandemic.

“We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign,” Stewart-Cousins said.

Democratic state Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie (D) also issued a statement sharing the Senate majority leader’s sentiment “regarding the Governor’s ability to continue to lead this state.”

“”We have many challenges to address, and I think it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York,” he said.

Cuomo on Sunday smeared calls for his resignation as anti-Democratic.

“I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians,” Cuomo told reporters. “I’m not gonna resign because of allegations.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has launched an investigation into the accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo.

Anna Ruch, Lindsey Boylan, and Charlotte Bennett each came forward in recent weeks to accuse Cuomo of unwanted physical touching and uncomfortable or inappropriate discussions of a sexual nature. Former Cuomo aides Ana Liss and Karen Hinton on Saturday night also came forward with their own allegations of sexual harassment against the governor.

There is also a federal inquiry into the Cuomo administration’s handling of data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. The New York Times reported last week that top aides to the governor rewrote a report that was prepared by the New York State Department of Health in June 2020 to omit many of the nursing home deaths recorded in New York. The report, citing unnamed officials in Cuomo’s administration, alleged that the data was manipulated to protect Cuomo from political fallout related to his executive order forcing nursing homes to accept patients from hospitals that tested positive for COVID-19.

Cuomo and his aides have denied all of the allegations, both about sexual harassment and manipulating COVID-19 nursing home death data. Cuomo said last week that he often hugs and kisses people in a friendly manner, and that talks with staff about their romantic relationships was meant to be banter, not propositioning.

Since Cuomo has refused to resign, Barclay challenged state Democrats to support impeachment to put their votes where their mouths are. At least six Democratic lawmakers in New York have voiced support for impeaching Cuomo. To move forward, a majority of the New York State Assembly’s 150 lawmakers will need to vote for the articles of impeachment.

“”If they really believe in resignation, why not start impeachment?” Barclay told reporters in Albany.

“The real problem now is the governor has lost so much credibility and trust that we don’t feel like he can go forward and govern,” Barclay said.

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