In a one-on-one meeting in his Albany office last year, former aide Charlotte Bennett said that Gov. Cuomo was “trying to sleep with me.” 25 year old Bennett added “he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely.”
In an interview with Norah O’Donnell on CBS evening news Thursday night, Bennett described how 63 year old Cuomo asked her probing questions about her sex life when they were alone together on June 5.
“I thought, he’s trying to sleep with me. The governor’s trying to sleep with me and I’m deeply uncomfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible,” Bennett said.
“What made you think he was trying to sleep with you?” O’Donnell asked.
“Without explicitly saying it, he — he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely,” Bennett said.
A second portion of the interview is set to air Friday on “CBS This Morning,” and O’Donnell previewed some of that during an appearance on the local CBS-2 News at 5.
O’Donnell said that Bennett “says Gov. Cuomo is, in her words, a textbook abuser” and “even uses words like that she was groomed for this relationship.”
Gov. Cuomo is already under investigation over his administration’s misreporting of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. A Cuomo aide admitted that the state stopped counting nursing home deaths so that the federal government could not use the data “against us.”
Massive Billboard in Albany Calls on Cuomo to “Resign Now!”
A massive electronic billboard has gone up in Albany, New York calling on Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign from office.
“Resign now!” is written in large red letters on the billboard along with an image of Cuomo’s face.
The billboard was paid for by Brian Olesen, owner of American Shooter Supply, who originally had the sign say “Impeach!” in a rebuke of the governor’s disastrous COVID nursing home policy which saw roughly 15,000 of the state’s elderly die.
The ad is located off the side of highway 787 in the Albany area, close to the exit leading to the state Capitol building.
“I think that a lot of New Yorkers understand there’s a sense of urgency here in regards to Governor Cuomo. We know he’s a liar, we know he’s a bully. Now he’s being accused of being a sexual predator,” Olesen told the New York Post.
“We have 15,000 fatalities in nursing homes [and other long term care facilities] that he’s lied to us about. When are New Yorkers going to stand up and remove this guy from office?”
Fox News reports:
The Cuomo administration is presently being investigated by federal prosecutors for allegedly withholding data pertaining to COVID-19 deaths related nursing homes and the state Attorney General’s Office is actively seeking a private attorney to lead a probe into the sexual harassment allegations.
A former Cuomo administration economic development staffer, Lindsay Boylan, wrote in a Medium blog post last week that the governor joked that he wanted to play “strip poker” and detailed an instance here he gave her an unwanted kiss.
The governor denied any physical interaction occurred, but he did apologize for workplace comments, arguing that he may have unknowingly took his “jokes” too far.
Olesen is paying $8,500 a month for the billboard and says that he changed the message of the sign from calling for impeachment to telling Cuomo to resign because the impeachment process would take too long.
For the full report, click HERE.
Report: Cuomo Admin Being Investigated by U.S. Attorney, FBI Over COVID-19 Response
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is reportedly being investigated by the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn and the FBI over his coronavirus task force’s response to the pandemic.
According to the Albany Times Union, the investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office is in its early stages and focuses on the work of “some of the senior members of the governor’s task force.”
The Times Union reports:
Nearly three weeks after the governor’s task force was announced last year, the state health department issued an order directing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that they must accept residents who were being discharged from hospitals even if they were still testing positive for the infectious disease, as long as they were able to care for them properly.
That directive, which was rescinded less than two months later, has been the focus of a firestorm of criticism directed at Cuomo’s administration, including allegations that the order — which the governor said was based on federal guidance — had contributed to the high number of fatalities of nursing home residents in New York. That assertion was largely dismissed in a report by the Department of Health that was released in July.
In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a report which concluded the Cuomo Administration delayed reporting that thousands of nursing home patients died after getting infected at their facilities and that New York’s nursing home policy may have increased COVID infections.
Last night, CNN issued a statement that it’s host Chris Cuomo, who is the brother of the governor, will no longer be covering the administration after offering the New York leader fawning coverage of his COVID-19 response for months after the pandemic began.
For the full report, click HERE.