New York Governor Cuomo refused to resign over harassment allegations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is not going to resign his post amid allegations of sexual harassment. A press conference featuring him was broadcast March 3 on the state leader’s official website.

“I’m not going to resign. I work for the people of New York State, they elected me. And I will serve the people of New York State,” Cuomo emphasized.

He also recalled that the state government is dealing with serious challenges at the moment, such as combating the pandemic coronavirus, recovering from the economic crisis and conducting mass vaccination of the population.

Commenting on the allegations against him, the governor apologized and acknowledged that his behavior made others uncomfortable.

“It was unintentional, and I deeply and sincerely apologize for that,” Cuomo said.

He indicated that he would cooperate with the attorney general’s investigation and asked people not to jump to conclusions until it was over.

On March 1, the New York State Attorney’s Office began a probe into Cuomo’s allegations of sexual harassment.

On Dec. 14, Lindsay Boylan, a former adviser to the governor of the U.S. state of New York, accused her former boss of sexual harassment, which she wrote on her Twitter account. At the time, she was running for New York City’s Manhattan borough council. Cuomo spokeswoman Caitlin Girouard, for her part, said there was “simply no truth” in Boylan’s words.

On Feb. 27, however, another former Cuomo adviser accused him of sexual harassment.

On March 2, it was reported that a third woman accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. According to her, the incident took place at a wedding in New York in September 2019.

Cuomo himself, commenting on the allegations, said that his words to colleagues and subordinates could have been mistakenly perceived as unwanted flirting.