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.
The top Democratic lawmaker in NY called for the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday amidst allegations of sexual harassment and an ongoing investigation around botched counts of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.
Cuomo's director of communications Peter Ajemian denied that the incident ever happened - and accused Hinton of lying as part of long-standing campaign against him.
"New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it", she added.
The governor was serving as United States secretary of housing and urban development to president Bill Clinton at the time of the alleged incident.
The accusations came after Bennett, 25, a former executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, said he once asked her about her sex life and whether or not she slept with older men.
"They don't override the people's will, they don't get to override elections", Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters when asked about members of his own party calling for him to step down.
Cuomo, a Democrat who has served as NY governor since 2010, has over the past two weeks faced mounting claims of inappropriate behavior toward women.
"I was elected by the people of the state, I wasn't elected by politicians". The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the call was meant to be private. "The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, but he pulled her back toward his body, holding her before she backed away and left the room", the Post reported. And I'm going to learn from it, ' he said.
She was periodically quoted in the media - including about a 1993 Supreme Court case that hinged on whether a Tennessee-based forklift rental company president's sexual innuendos and sexist remarks, which he said were jokes, amounted to an abusive work environment.
"I wish that he took me seriously".
She described the encounter not as sexual harassment but as a "power play" for "manipulation and control".
Liss served as a policy and operations aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, according to the Journal.
"Beth Garvey is a true public servant and a brilliant legal mind who has been an integral member of this administration since she joined it", Cuomo said.
Mr Cuomo's workplace conduct has been under intense scrutiny, with several women publicly complaining of feeling sexually harassed or of being made to feel uncomfortable. "Let's do the attorney general investigation, let's get the findings, and then we'll go from there".
Kumiki Gibson, who has served as Counsel to the Governor since 2019, said in a statement that she informed the Cuomo administration "a month ago" that she accepted a position at "a nationally prominent not-for-profit organization".