Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ducked questions about the two current staffers who’ve accused him of sexual harassment and more — as his official legal adviser claimed the women are being “protected” from retaliation.
During a virtual news conference from his Manhattan office, Cuomo again invoked the impeachment probe by the state Assembly and Attorney General Letitia James’ independent investigation to avoid discussing the mounting scandal.
“As I’ve said a number of times, the Assembly is doing a review, the attorney general is doing a review and we’re cooperating with that review and I won’t have a comment on it,” he said.
Cuomo also said, without elaborating, “And any conditions they have on the review are being followed.”
When asked if the two women were working from home, Cuomo said vaguely that “there are rules” and asked his acting counsel, Beth Garvey, to provide a fuller response.
“So, certainly, every individual who comes forward and makes a complaint is protected from retaliation and we are taking measures to ensure that that occurs in this case as well,” Garvey said.
“And any further comment as to the specifics would be inappropriate at this time.”
One of the women has reportedly alleged that Cuomo put his hands under her blouse and groped her in the Executive Mansion late last year.
The other, Alyssa McGrath, 33, last week publicly accused Cuomo, 63, of sexually harassing her — and of trying to cover up the alleged incident with her co-worker.
“He told her specifically not to tell me,” McGrath told the New York Times.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.