ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) --- A second former aide has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Democratic governor responded Saturday with a statement saying he never made advances toward her and never intended to be inappropriate.
Charlotte Bennett was a health policy adviser in the Democratic governor’s administration until November. Bennet was also a graduate of Hamilton College.
She told The New York Times that Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she had ever had sex with older men. Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, recently accused Cuomo of subjecting her to unwanted kissing and inappropriate comments. Cuomo denied the allegations.
State leadership on both sides of the aisle calling for an independent investigation into the Governor.
State Senator Joe Griffo sending a statement saying..
“These are serious and deeply concerning accusations made against the Governor that definitely warrant investigation. Sexual harassment should not be tolerated in any form. I want to reiterate that the women who have made these allegations should be respected and deserve to be heard. That is why I am calling on the Attorney General, in some manner, to conduct an independent investigation into these troubling accusations.
State Senator Peter Oberacker (R) : “Every allegation of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. Those were the governor’s own words when a sitting senator faced similar charges in 2018. Now an independent, unobstructed investigation looking into claims against the governor must commence immediately.
Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D) 119th Assembly District : “The recent allegations of sexual harassment made against the Governor are serious. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual harassment should feel comfortable coming forward without fear of persecution or retaliation. That is why I am requesting Attorney General Letitia James and her office to oversee an independent investigation regarding these allegations. Sexual harassment, in any form, will not be tolerated, no matter who you are, and comes with severe consequences if found credible.”
State Senate Democratic Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D):
“The continued allegations are deeply disturbing and concerning. The behavior described has no place in the workplace. A truly independent investigation must begin immediately.”