A defiant Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday vowed that “there is no way” he’ll resign over sexual harassment allegations, now lodged against him by five women including four former staffers.
“I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians,” said Cuomo during a brief conference call with reporters. “I’m not gonna resign because of allegations.”
The governor spoke one day after another two former staffers, Ana Liss and Karen Hinton, accused him of untoward behavior including inappropriate physical contact — adding to previous allegations from fellow ex-aides Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, as well as Anna Ruch.
“The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic,” said Cuomo. “Anybody has the ability to make an allegation in a democracy and that’s great. But it’s in the credibility of the allegation.”
An “embarrassed” Cuomo last week offered a conditional apology “if [his accusers] were offended” by his remarks, while vehemently denying accusations of inappropriate physical contact.
Cuomo on Sunday characterized Hinton as a “longtime political adversary of mine” in saying that her allegation that Cuomo grabbed her inside a dimly lit hotel room was “not true.”
As to Liss’ allegations that he asked her inappropriate questions about her personal life, Cuomo said only that he engaged in “friendly banter.”
Cuomo steadfastly maintained he was not stepping down.
“That’s democracy,” he said, referring to due process and letting investigations, like that launched by state Attorney General Letitia James, run their course. “There is no way I resign.”