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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.”


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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Grand jury reportedly convened to possibly indict Trump — he fires back with scathing statement against the ‘Witch Hunt’

A grand jury has been convened by New York prosecutors to review evidence from a two year investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business dealings and weigh whether to indict him, according to multiple reports.

Trump issued a statement in reaction to the news, blasting the purported move as “a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”

What are the details?

The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that sources say Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance empaneled the grand jury recently, and they “will sit three days a week for six months.”

The newspaper reported that move suggests “that Vance believes he has found evidence of a crime — if not by Trump then by someone potentially close to him or by his company.”

According to the Associated Press, one source says Vance’s investigation into Trump involves “a variety of matters such as hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf, property values and employee compensation.”

The outlet added that “the investigation includes scrutiny of Trump’s relationship with his lenders; a land donation he made to qualify for an income tax deduction; and tax write-offs his company claimed on millions of dollars in consulting fees it paid.”

In reaction to the press, Trump issued a statement calling the prosecutor’s actions “a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”

“It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it’s never stopped,” he wrote. “They wasted two years and $48 million in taxpayer dollars on Mueller and Russia Russia Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and it continues to this day, with illegally leaked confidential information.”

The former president went on to say, “This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors.”

Trump also suggested New York officials should have higher priorities, writing, “New York City and State are suffering the highest crime rates in their history, and instead of going after murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, and others, they come after Donald Trump.”

“Our country is broken,” he added. “Our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and I will just have to keep on fighting like I have been for the last five years!”

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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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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 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.

More from Wall Street Journal:

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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Missing New York college student appears to have taken her own life by jumping into Niagara Falls: DA

Authorities believe New York college student Saniyya Dennis, who has been missing for over a week, took her own life by jumping into Niagara Falls.

What are the details?

Dennis, a 19-year-old student at SUNY Buffalo State College, was reported missing on April 26.

But after an “exhaustive” investigation involving no less than 10 law enforcement agencies, officials say the evidence shows the young woman most likely plunged to her death at Niagara Falls after threatening several times to take her own life, the Buffalo News reported.

Just prior to Dennis going missing, she got in a fight with her boyfriend who was in New York City at the time. The boyfriend broke up with her, and she proceeded to call him nearly 60 times in the following hours.

At one point, she texted him, “Please pick up…I think I’m going to kill myself.” She added later, “I’m so done with my own life. I’ve had enough.”

The boyfriend, who is not a suspect in Dennis’ disappearance, never responded.

According to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, Dennis then spoke for roughly four hours with a male friend in the New York City area, and also told him that she was going to kill herself. The concerned friend called the NYPD to express his worries, but told the authorities at one point that he believed she had reconsidered taking her own life.

Flynn said that around 11 p.m. that night, Dennis was seen on surveillance camera at her dorm throwing away personal items. Over the next hour, she was seen via further surveillance taking a bus to Niagara Falls.

WKBW-TV reported that, according to Flynn, at 12:10 a.m., Dennis texted her mother and said, “I’m sorry I missed your call. I love you. I’ll call you tomorrow.”

Five minutes later, the student texted her male friend in New York and wrote, “I’m really glad we talked today. I’ll forever treasure it. But I’m sorry, I lied. I will not be joining you this summer, at least physically. Thank you for making my day special.”

Dennis was then seen on Niagara Falls State Park cameras walking toward Goat Island.

She posted a photo on Snapchat of the falls, and texted her New York City friend again, telling him that she was on a bus home.

“At that point — 1:23 a.m. — her cellphone leaves the cellular network,” Flynn said during a news conference Thursday.

What happened next?

Since the time she was reported missing two days later, authorities have searched the area using helicopters, drones and dogs. The dogs tracked Dennis’ scent over a railing next to the falls.

“We may never find a body,” an emotional Flynn said at the conference. “That’s a possibility.”

Flynn says he and other officials have determined, “It appears that this poor girl took her own life.”

DA’s Office: Missing Buffalo State student Saniyya Dennis presumed to have taken her own life

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NY store calls police to handle homeless man stealing socks. Cops arrive, confront suspect — and then pay for what he took.

The Dollar Tree in Mount Vernon, New York, called police over the weekend to handle a shoplifter, and police bodycam video showed the cops responding in a way that is earning them plaudits from their department and on social media.

What happened?

Two members of the Mount Vernon Police Department, identified only as Officers Cartwright and Velez in an MVPD Facebook post, responded to a call from the Dollar Tree saying a man was stealing socks from the store but had not left the premises.

Upon arriving, Cartwright and Velez confronted the suspect and discovered he was homeless. He admitted on video that he was in need of the socks he was pilfering, the MVPD said.

After patting down the man to make sure he had taken nothing else, Cartwright and Velez spoke with the store manager about the situation, and they all agreed that the best option for the situation would be just to buy the socks the man was attempting to steal.

And that is what Officer Cartwright did.

“You’re a little light on some socks?” Cartwright asked, after asking where the man was staying.

The man answered that he was just “walking around.”

“All right, I’ll tell you what,” Cartwright continued. “I’ll buy you a couple pairs of socks though, but you gotta stop stealing. Fair enough?”

“How much are they?” the officer asked the check-out attendant. After learning they were only $1 per pair, he told the store to ring him up for $15 worth.

“Listen, I know how important it is to have a nice pair of socks, especially when you’re out running around and, you know, you got nothing else going on, so we’ll get you taken care of,” Cartwright said. “If you weren’t honest, I wouldn’t have bought them for you.”

According to the MVPD, the Dollar Tree manager authorized the cops not to arrest the suspect and also told the man that “if he was in need, he could just tell her.”

Officer Velez also told the man that if he were in need of services, he could stop by the police department for help.

What did the police department say?

The MVPD praised their officers and their community in the Facebook post:

Mount Vernon is a fiercely hard working community that never gets the positive attention it needs. The community is proud and resilient and always keeps its head up and marches on towards a better tomorrow. These positive incidents happen every day in our city, not only with the police, but also with our other municipal employees and with our business partners.

The Officers of the Mount Vernon Police Department will continue to serve our community to the best of our abilities. Thank you to Officers Cartwright, Velez and to all the other Officers that have served proudly over the last year. Your hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed.

What was the community response?

Response to the MVPD’s Facebook video was overwhelmingly positive:

  • “Thank you officers you guys make us proud to be citizens of this great city[.] Mount Vernon Strong and together we can continue to stay safe.”
  • “I love this so much! It really touched me. A friend just told me she saw it on ABC News and I went searching for the story online so I could show my 9 year old son. He was becoming disillusioned about the role of police officers lately. We just watched the clip together. I was so incredibly proud to show him what our Mount Vernon Police Officers are doing. Thank you Officers Cartright and Velez!! My son has a bit of renewed faith in police officers because of what you did. A little bit of kindness really goes a long way. Have a great day everyone!!”
  • “This is the kind of police interaction we need.”
  • “As my mom would say, ‘it feels so good to catch you doing something good!’ As an unintended by product of not taking just another arrest stat, the officer gave MVPD more good publicity than an army of publicists.”
  • “[T]his is what policing is about. Thank you.”
  • “Mt Vernon Police Dept is the Best . Thank you for showing humanity to this individual- your work is appropriate- I love this town.”
  • “MVPD = Most Valuable Police Department around! Good job MVPD. Kindness always wins.”

(H/T: New York Post)

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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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New York parent wants court to overturn state incest laws so they can marry their own adult child

An anonymous New Yorker filed a lawsuit this month to overturn the state’s laws outlawing incestuous marriages because they want to marry their adult offspring, the New York Post reported recently.

What’s this now?

Under New York law, incest is a third-degree felony punishable by up to four years in the clink. From New York code:

A person is guilty of incest in the third degree when he or she marries or engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her, whether through marriage or not, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Incestuous marriages — between ancestor and descendent, siblings, or uncle/aunt and nephew/niece — are void, the law says, and spouses in such marriages are subject to fines and jail time. Not only are those in the illegal marriage subject to punishment, anyone who “knowingly and willfully” solemnizes such a marriage is also subject to fines and imprisonment.

But an unnamed parent in the Empire State who wants to enter into matrimony with their own child doesn’t like those rules and wants judges to toss the laws as unconstitutional, claiming that being blocked from such a marriage would “diminish their humanity” and calling the issue a matter of “individual autonomy.”

The New Yorker who filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on April 1 has kept their name a secret because, according to court documents cited by the Post, the request to jettison incest proscriptions is “an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant.”

Little is actually known about the would-be spouses: Their genders, ages, and locations are not identified.

What is known is that, according to the lawsuit cited by the Post, they are adults who are a parent and a child and are unable to procreate.

“The proposed spouses are adults,” the suit says. “The proposed spouses are biological parent and child. The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together.”

And the couple feels that the state is currently denying them the opportunity to find “fulfillment in its highest meaning.”

“Through the enduring bond of marriage, two persons, whatever relationship they might otherwise have with one another, can find a greater level of expression, intimacy and spirituality,” the lawsuit claims, adding, “Parent-and-adult-child couples for whom procreation is either virtually or literally impossible can aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning.”

What else?

Manhattan family and matrimonial law attorney Eric Wrubel told the Post that the suit is “never gonna fly” and noted that the couple’s lawsuit is “premature,” considering they haven’t even sought a marriage license yet, so they’ve not been denied any rights.

The newspaper said requests for comment sent to the lawyer for the parent who filed the lawsuit have gone unanswered. Also, the city’s Law Department told the Post that it was unaware of the lawsuit.

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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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Mayor Bill de Blasio says police should confront people for ‘hurtful’ conduct even if they’re not breaking any laws

New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending police officers confront anyone who is behaving in a way that is deemed “hurtful,” even if the actions didn’t break any laws. De Blasio’s motion to crack down on ill-natured demeanor was a response to being asked if the NYPD and the city government could be doing more to combat hate crimes against Asians in wake of the Atlanta-area shooting where six Asian women, a white woman, and a white man were killed.

“Even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it’s NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they’ve done was very hurtful to another person and could have ever repeated lead to criminal charges, that’s another important piece of the puzzle,” de Blasio said at a Thursday news conference, according to the New York Post.

Wall Street Journal reporter Katie Hogan asked de Blasio how his proposed hateful conduct clampdown would operate.

“The NYPD is a great example: one of the things officers are trained to do is to give warnings,” de Blasio replied. “If someone has done something wrong, but not rising to a criminal level, it’s perfectly appropriate for an NYPD officer to talk to them to say, ‘that was not appropriate, and if you did that on a higher level, that would be a crime.’ I think that has an educating impact on people.

“I assure you, if an NYPD officer calls you or shows up at your door to ask you about something you did, it makes people think twice,” he claimed. “We need that.”

De Blasio appears to understand that hate speech, which can be difficult to precisely define and constantly changing, is not exempted from the protections of the First Amendment. Hateful conduct that intimidates, harasses, threatens, or physically harms another person is not protected and is punishable by law.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, released a study this month that examined hate crimes in 16 of the largest cities in the United States. New York City had by far the biggest spike of anti-Asian hate crimes — skyrocketing from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, an 833% increase over one year.

De Blasio has shifted funds away from the NYPD in the past year.

“We committed to move resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget,” de Blasio said, adding that New Yorkers “need to be reached, not policed.”

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New York opens for weddings but imposes dancing rules, mandatory testing, and eating and drinking dos and don’ts. So people are taking their business elsewhere.

The Empire State decided to finally open itself up for “big” weddings, but if you think those nuptial celebrations are going to be the kind of fun you once knew, think again.

Weddings and catered events were allowed to resume statewide Monday with up to 150 guests, but with restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

According to wedding planners, these new rules from on high are spurring some couples to take their business to states with fewer restrictions, especially New Jersey, the New York Post reported.

What are the new rules?

Though Cuomo deigned to allow his citizens to celebrate their weddings with their friends and family beginning on the Ides of March, he implemented new rules on capacity, testing, masking, and social distancing that are causing event organizers to scratch their heads — and their clients to take their business across the Hudson River.

On top of the 50% capacity limit (up to 150 people), the state is now requiring anyone attending a wedding to provide proof of a negative COVID test with 72 hours of the event — or an antigen test within six hours, the Post said, citing state guidelines.

But New Jersey, which allows the same number of guests, has no testing requirements.

The Post talked to event planners in both states who noted that the Garden State is benefiting from the current rules.

“The testing is an issue,” Max Janoff, a partner in the Crystal Palace in Livingston, New Jersey, told the Post, adding that he has been taking calls from New Yorkers who want to move their events since the day Cuomo’s rules came out.

New York businessman Anthony Gerardi, who provides sound and music for wedding events in New York, told the paper that the testing requirement makes no sense.

“You don’t get tested to walk into a Walmart, go to a restaurant or attend a Zumba class, so why do you need to get tested for a private event?” he asked.

And if you think the testing requirements are causing problems, check out the dancing rules.

Guests can dance only with members of their household or people seated at their table, the Post reported. On top of that, everyone wanting to cut a rug must stay in their own “zones” — a “designated and clearly marked” area for getting one’s groove on — that is at least six feet from any other dancing zone.

Making sense of the socially distanced dancing rules is tricky for those tasked with putting the events together.

Mickey King, who owns a catering hall in Queens, told the Post, “I tried to explain the dancing rule and was told by one of my clients ‘you’re making that up.'”

“I guess I’ll use masking tape,” King added. “But how ugly is that going to look when I have to outline a box on a floor?”

Another anonymous venue operator was flummoxed: “How can we police whether table three and four are mingling? If they choose to dance together, who am I to stop their freedom of expression?”

Then there are the mask and contact tracing rules.

Masks are required at all time for all guests — unless they are both seated and eating or drinking.

And every guest is required to sign in at the wedding and provide contact information for tracing purposes.

Despite the many new rules, many couples are still going forward with their weddings and keeping them in New York — and they’re eating the costs the regulations are imposing. For example, the Post noted, couples are offering to cover the costs of COVID tests — even going so far as hiring lab technicians to administer rapid tests as people arrive at a cost of up to $150 per test.

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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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Federal authorities investigate New York sheriff who flew pro-Trump flag while on patrol

Federal investigators issued an official warning to a New York sheriff after a complaint was lodged against him for flying a pro-Trump flag on his patrol boat last summer.

What happened?

While patrolling Oneida Lake during a “Flotilla for Trump” rally last August, Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton said he proceeded to fly a “Making America Great Again” flag that a rally participant gave him, reported.

Hilton later admitted he permitted the flag, which had Donald Trump’s image emblazoned on it, to be flown from the government-owned patrol boat because Trump “has supported law enforcement at a time when many groups are unjustly vilifying our profession.”

The incident polarized Oswego County, and many residents publicly spoke out against Hilton.

What did the federal investigator say?

The complaint alleged Hilton had violated the Hatch Act by flying the pro-Trump flag.

More from the Palladium-Times:

The Hatch Act is a federal law passed in 1939 that limits certain political activities of federal employees, in addition to some state and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs, according to [the U.S. Office of Special Counsel]. The Hatch Act is aimed at protecting the public workforce from partisan political influence and ensuring the nonpartisan administration of laws.

The OSC said Hilton and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office are subject to the Hatch Act because the department receives federal funding for certain activities and is therefore covered by the law.

In a letter, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said that Hilton would face disciplinary action if he engages in overt political action again that violates the Hatch Act.

“Please be advised that if you engage in any future prohibited political activity while employed in a Hatch Act-covered position, OSC would consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law that could result in disciplinary action,” Erica Hamrick, the deputy chief of the Hatch Act Unit, said.

How did Hilton respond?

Hilton told his local government leaders that he would not violate the Hatch Act again.

“I have reassured the chairman and other members of the Legislature that it will not occur again,” he said, the Palladium-Times reported.

Still, Hilton said last year the incident has inspired him to “be even more vocal about the unjust and hypocritical criticism of police by anti-democracy groups and certain politicians who pander to them.”

“I will do so on my own time, on my own dime… and as loudly as I can!” Hilton promised.

“I respect the right of people to have a critical opinion of what I did — this is America after all, and freedom of speech is part of what the flag stands for. But let’s keep a clear-headed perspective here: I flew a political flag on taxpayers’ property, yet many of the people criticizing me for that also defend rioters who destroy taxpayers’ property!” Hilton went on to say.

“Is it a sign of people thinking reasonably when they support policies that excuse and set free those who commit criminal acts of violence and assault, while at the same time call for the termination of me and my Deputies simply for flying a flag? It is not,” Hilton added.

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Gov. Cuomo slams politicians calling for his resignation, says he will not bow to ‘cancel culture’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday once again refused to resign even as seven women have now accused him of sexual harassment and state Democratic lawmakers have opened an impeachment investigation against him. Cuomo called those lawmakers “reckless” and “dangerous” during a phone conference with reporters and vowed that he would not bow to “cancel culture.”

The majority of House Democrats from New York stunned the political world Friday by making coordinated announcements calling for Cuomo’s resignation after Democrats in the state Assembly launched an impeachment investigation the day before. On the same day, a female reporter named Jessica Bakeman became the seventh woman to come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against the governor, writing in New York magazine that Cuomo touched her inappropriately and that “he uses touching and sexual innuendo to stoke fear in us. That is the textbook definition of sexual harassment.”

Cuomo is also under investigation by an independent probe appointed by the New York State attorney general’s office and is still facing criticism over his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and his executive orders sending COVID-19-positive patients from hospitals to nursing homes and group homes for people with disabilities.

Addressing the sexual harassment allegations, the governor reiterated his position that New Yorkers should wait for the investigations to be completed before forming an opinion of the facts.

“There are often many motivations for making an allegation. And that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision. There are now two reviews under way. No one wants them to happen more quickly and more thoroughly than I do. Let them do it,” Cuomo said.

“I’m not going to argue this issue in the press. That is not how it is done; that is not the way it should be done. Serious allegations should be weighed seriously, right? That’s why they are called serious,” Cuomo lectured reporters, adding that there’s a difference between “facts” and “opinions.”

“Politicians who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion, are in my opinion, reckless and dangerous,” he charged. “The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance. That, my friends, is politics at its worst.”

Continuing, he said politicians take positions for “political expediency,” among other reasons.

“People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth,” Cuomo said. “Let the review proceed. I’m not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians; I was elected by the people.

“Part of this is that I am not part of the political club, and you know what? I’m proud of it,” Cuomo, the son of Mario Cuomo, a former governor of New York and ex-husband of Kerry Kennedy, the third daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, audaciously claimed.

He further denied the allegations against him, saying he has “been in the public eye my entire life” and won multiple elections under public scrutiny. He reiterated that voters should wait for the completed reports from the attorney general’s independent probe, saying “an opinion without facts is irresponsible.”

After fielding questions from reporters, Cuomo concluded, “Politics is part of all of this. But I just will focus on my job. In the meantime, I want to make it clear that what is being alleged just did not happen. The last allegation is not true and I’ve not had a sexual relationship that was inappropriate, period.”

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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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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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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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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says resigning over allegations would be ‘anti-democratic’: ‘No way I resign’

As demands for his resignation intensify, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) defiantly said Sunday that he will not resign.

Cuomo’s remarks came one day after the fifth woman came forward with allegations of sexually harassing behavior against Cuomo, once one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party.

What did Cuomo say?

During a press conference with reporters, Cuomo characterized resigning over allegations as “anti-democratic.”

“There are some legislators who suggest that I resign because of accusations that are made against me,” Cuomo began.

“I was elected by the people of the state, I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” he said. “The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.”

You know the system is based on due process, and the credibility of the allegation. Anybody has the ability to make an allegation in democracy and that’s great, but it’s then the credibility of the allegation,” Cuomo continued.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is leading an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment. In order to conduct an independent probe, her office is contracting a private lawyer who will be deputized as a Special Independent Deputy Attorney General with “all powers provided under state law,” CNBC reported.

Still, Cuomo said he will not resign.

“So no, there is no way I resign,” Cuomo said after mentioning the investigation.

What are Democratic leaders saying?

Top New York Democratic leaders — state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) and New York Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie (D) — released statements Sunday demanding Cuomo’s resignation.

“Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” Stewart-Cousins said. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the COVID-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”

“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it,” she added. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

Meanwhile, Heastie said:

The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else. I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins 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.

Anything else?

Cuomo, however, revealed Sunday that he would sign legislation to limit his emergency powers, more than one year after the coronavirus pandemic began.

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New York stat Senate majority leader says Cuomo ‘must resign’ after fifth accuser comes forward

New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo resign. The call for Cuomo’s resignation by the top Democrat in the New York state Senate arrives a day after two more women came forward with new accusations of sexual harassment against the New York governor.

Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, where she said Cuomo “must resign.”

“Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” Stewart-Cousins said. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the COVID-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”

“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it,” she added. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

Last week, Stewart-Cousins received criticism for saying that she wouldn’t call for Cuomo’s resignation despite there being three credible accusers, but would ask him to resign if there were more than three accusers.

“Any further people coming forward, I think it would be time to resign,” she said last week. “I am at a place, and we are all at this place, where it’s always hard when you think something is resolved, and find that there is still so much work to do. I applaud women who have been through this for coming forward.”

Stewart-Cousins has a history of denouncing sexual harassment in the workplace, which caused many to question why she wasn’t demanding Cuomo resign earlier.

Another top New York Democrat also hinted that Cuomo should step down following the allegations. New York Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) issued a statement following Stewart-Cousins’ announcement.

“The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else,” Heastie said. “I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins 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 stated.

Cuomo has denied the accusations, saying he “never inappropriately touched anybody” and “never propositioned anybody.”

“I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation,” the governor said. “To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

On Sunday during a press conference, Cuomo proclaimed, “There is no way I resign.”

“I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians,” Cuomo said during a news conference call with 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 came forward last week with accusations of Cuomo sexually harassing them with unwanted physical touching and uncomfortable or inappropriate discussions. Former aides Ana Liss and Karen Hinton came forward with allegations against Cuomo on Saturday night.

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NY Democrat wants sex ed for kindergartners, older students could be taught about hormone blockers and pansexuals

A Democratic New York lawmaker introduced a bill to teach comprehensive sex ed to kindergartners. The sex education will reportedly be outsourced to a left-wing organization that believes, “Sex ed is a vehicle for social change,” including incorporating social and racial justice messaging into their sex ed lessons.

New York Sen. Samra G. Brouk, a freshman Democrat from Rochester, introduced a bill to teach “comprehensive sexuality education in schools,” including to children as young as 5-years-old.

“Each public and charter school to provide students in grades kindergarten through twelve with comprehensive sexuality education,” the bill reads.

The bill calls for “comprehensive sexuality instruction for students in grades K-12 which includes a model curricula for comprehensive sexuality education and at a minimum conforms to the content and scope of national sexuality education standards.”

“But her proposal would legally link New York’s schools to the shifting recommendations of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS),” the New York Post reported.

SIECUS declares, “Sex ed is a vehicle for social change. Full stop.”

SIECUS states that sex education “can (and should) be so much more than that,” including “dismantling white supremacy.”

With sex education, we have a golden opportunity to create a culture shift–tackling the misinformation, shame, and stigma that create the basis for many of today’s sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, like reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, sexual violence prevention, gender equity, and dismantling white supremacy.

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States proclaims, “Comprehensive sexuality education for kindergarteners lays the foundation to teach students about things like respecting personal boundaries, gender roles, and more.”

“The goal of the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12 is to provide clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K–12,” SIECUS explains about the standards that first debuted in 2011.

The National Sex Education Standards from SIECUS received a major update in 2020 with a far more progressive approach to sex ed, including focusing on intersectionality, racism, and hormone blockers for children.

The National Sex Education Standards noted that by the end of the second grade, students will be able to “list medically accurate names for body parts, including the genitals.”

By the conclusion of the fifth grade, students will be required to “describe the role hormones play in the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional changes during adolescence and the potential role of hormone blockers on young people who identify as transgender.”

By the end of the eighth grade, students will be taught how to “define racism and intersectionality and describe their impacts on sexual health.” Students will also be expected to “define sexual identity and explain a range of identities related to sexual orientation (e.g., heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, twospirit, asexual, pansexual).”

By the end of the twelfth grade, students will be expected to “analyze cultural and social factors (e.g., sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, classism) that can influence decisions regarding sexual behaviors.”

SIECUS notes that it’s Second Edition National Sex Education Standards “takes an intersectional approach.”

“The way overlapping or intersecting social identities—and particularly minority identities—relate to systems and structures of discrimination,” the guide reads. “Intersectionality looks at the relationships between these marginalized identities and the way that multiple systems of oppression interact in the lives of those with multiple marginalized identities and how this mixture impacts both our self-perception and how we are viewed and treated by other individuals, groups, institutions, and by society.”

“Sex education should avoid cisnormative, heteronormative approaches, aim to strengthen young people’s capacity to challenge harmful stereotypes, and be inclusive of a wide range of viewpoints and populations without stigmatizing any group,” the standards state.

Students will also be taught: “Inclusion of power and privilege, conscious and unconscious bias, intersectionality, and covert and overt discrimination, and the principles of reproductive justice, racial justice, social justice, and equity.”

Planned Parenthood Federation of America was one of the organizations that were thanked at the end of the standards “materials and writings were referred to in the creation of this glossary.” Elis Herman, Health Education Specialist–Sonoma County Planned Parenthood Northern California, and Sonya M. Norsworthy, National Director of Education Planned Parenthood Federation of America, were listed as contributors to the standards.

New York Assemblyman Michael Reilly (R), a member of the education committee, told the New York Post, “We would be outsourcing our curriculum to this outside organization. That’s a concern.”

Brouk attempted to defend her bill by saying, “I am greatly concerned about the unacceptably high incidence of relationship violence, sexual harassment and assault, and online bullying in our society today. We must equip the next generation with the skills and education they will need to thrive.”

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New York Democratic leader indicates 3 accusers isn’t enough to demand Cuomo’s resignation, 4 is the magic number

It was only a few years ago that Democrats championed the #MeToo and #BelieveAllWomen movements. However, there is a new motto according to one Democratic leader: Believe all women – as long as there are more than three accusers.

You may have learned that “three is the magic number” from “Schoolhouse Rock,” but New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) declares that four is the magic number when it comes to the number of women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

This week, a third woman accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. Anna Ruch, a former Obama administration employee and Biden 2020 campaign staffer, claimed that Cuomo touched her bare back after meeting the New York governor at a wedding in 2019. He also touched her face and allegedly asked Rauch if he could kiss her, she told the New York Times.

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo staffer, claims that the Democratic governor asked his aides to play strip poker, as well as kissed her on the lips and touched her legs without consent.

Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former Cuomo aide, said he sexually harassed her and was grooming her. “He asked me if I believed if age made a difference in relationships and he also asked me in the same conversation if I had ever been with an older man,” Bennett said.

Despite the three credible accusers with evidence, Stewart-Cousins said there would need to be at least a fourth accuser for her to call on Cuomo to resign.

Stewart-Cousins appeared Thursday on the Albany public affairs television program, “Capital Tonight,” where she was asked what it would take for her to call for the resignation of Cuomo.

“Any further people coming forward, I think it would be time to resign,” she told Spectrum News host Susan Arbetter.

“I am at a place, and we are all at this place, where it’s always hard when you think something is resolved, and find that there is still so much work to do,” she added. “I applaud women who have been through this for coming forward.”

Stewart-Cousins said that she may ask Cuomo to step down after New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) completes her investigation into the accusations against the governor. The investigation could take weeks to complete.

Bennett gave an interview to CBS News this week, where she said, “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.”

Stewart-Cousins was asked about Bennett’s interview on New York 1’s “Inside City Hall.”

“It’s heartbreaking in a number of ways,” she told NY1. “The fact that we are here at this time in 2021 really having this conversation.”

“I didn’t get a chance to see the entire interview but it’s clear that you know she’s traumatized in a profound way,” she added.

Only a few months ago, Stewart-Cousins spoke out against sexual harassment. In November, she held a news conference where she pledged to, “Protect women’s rights and health care options and combat sexual harassment.”

In 2019, Stewart-Cousins wrote on Twitter, “No one should have to endure sexual harassment or mistreatment in the workplace. For too long, our state was held back from making real progress in the fight against sexual harassment.”

“Thanks to the new @NYSenDems, major strides were made in combating this inappropriate behavior and addressing the priorities of the survivors of sexual harassment,” she tweeted.

In 2018, Stewart-Cousins wrote an op-ed for The Journal News, titled “Senate GOP foils #MeToo moment with insult and intimidation.” In a tweet promoting the article, she wrote, “Check out my op-ed on the need to truly confront #SexualHarassment.”

Cuomo issued a statement on the allegations, but skirted taking any blame. Instead, Cuomo said, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo stated he “never inappropriately touched anybody” and “never propositioned anybody.”

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New York Post strikes back at Andrew Cuomo: He ‘lied’ and ‘then he blamed us.’ Now we know the truth.

No media outlet has been more dogged in its attempt to keep New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo accountable during his myriad scandals over the last year than the New York Post.

With every stage of Cuomo’s nursing home COVID death scandal — from the governor’s order to send COVID-positive patients into nursing homes to his underreporting of death data to his aide’s admission of a cover-up to his threatening of those who would call him out — the Post has been there to report it (as well as allegations of sexual harassment and bullying of journalists and fellow politicians).

And what did they get for their trouble?

The governor blamed the paper for the nursing home scandal.

As the paper pointed out in a Friday editorial, when Cuomo was asked about criticism of the nursing home issue over the summer, he responded:

I believe it is a political issue. I think it’s The New York Post, I think it’s Michael Goodwin, I think it’s Bob McManus, I think it’s Fox TV. I think it is all politically motivated. If anybody looked at the facts, they would know that it was wholly absurd on its face. People died in nursing homes. That’s very unfortunate. Just on the top line, we are number 35th in the nation in percentage of deaths in nursing homes. Go talk to 34 other states first. Go talk to the Republican states now. Florida, Texas, Arizona. Ask them what is happening in nursing homes. It’s all politics.

Then came Thursday night, when a blistering New York Times report revealed that Cuomo’s office rewrote a report to edit nursing home death numbers months before the feds began their investigation and put the lie to Cuomo’s rhetoric — and the Post made sure to let everyone know.

“We now know why New York was 35th in the nation” in COVID deaths, the Post wrote in its editorial. “Cuomo was engaged in a criminal coverup to hide the true numbers.”

And why was the governor hiding the numbers? The Post knows why: The truth would eviscerate Cuomo’s “entire facade of competent leadership” at the same time he was writing “a self-congratulatory book.”

“Cuomo lied. He falsified reports,” the Post said. “Then he blamed us, saying it was all ‘politically motivated.'”

With all of the investigations of COVID deaths and sexual harassment, the governor, the Post said, is going back to his usual reaction: “Bullying, filibustering. … He swears he’s innocent.”

“But he’s proven himself a liar over and over again,” the Post concluded. “How can any New Yorker ever believe a word he says?”