Andrew Cuomo, a current advisor to the New York governor, was named to bring the latest allegation of sexual harassment to the beleaguered Democrat.
The adjutant, 33-year-old Alyssa McGrath, told the New York Times that Cuomo looked at her shirt once, commented on how she looked by calling her “beautiful” in Italian and otherwise being flirtatious.
McGrath, along with more than half a dozen other women, including another current aide and several former Cuomo aides, accused the 63-year-old governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate physical contact and comments.
“I have no doubt that all of these prosecutors are telling the truth,” McGrath told the Times.
She said Cuomo “has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost as if you were his friend.”
“But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation and say in your head,” I can’t believe I just had this interaction with the governor of New York, “said McGrath.
The other current aide, who is making allegations against Cuomo, who has not been publicly identified, reportedly told superiors that he was aggressively groping her chest at the governor’s mansion after calling her on the pretext to help him with his cell phone .
McGrath told The Times that this other woman described the incident to her last week, after it was first detailed by The Times Union of Albany.
“She froze when he started doing this to her,” McGrath told the New York Times. “But who are you going to tell?”
McGrath also said the staff member told her Cuomo asked her not to speak about the incident as she and McGrath routinely spoke and wrote about interactions with him.
“He specifically told her not to tell me,” said McGrath.
Last week Albany Police were informed of the other aide’s allegations.
McGrath told The Times that after making public her allegations of sexual harassment against the governor, former Cuomo adviser Charlotte Bennett was upset when she observed Cuomo at a March 3 press conference that he had “not touched anyone inappropriately” .
“It makes me really angry to hear him speak about it and completely deny all allegations,” she said, noting that she believes Bennett and the other prosecutors, including Lindsey Boylan, another former adjutant.
While Cuomo has denied his inappropriate behavior towards women, he has apologized for making comments that he says he now understands that some people have felt uncomfortable.
He also refused to step down, despite requests from the majority of Democrats in the New York Congressional delegation and numerous Democrats in the state legislature.
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said of Cuomo earlier on Friday: “There was [a] many allegations of misconduct, sexual harassment. “
“The governor has lost the trust of his government partners and many New Yorkers. He should resign,” said Schumer.
A team of lawyers working under the supervision of Attorney General Letitia James are investigating allegations made by various women against Cuomo.
Another legal team hired by the State Assembly to conduct an impeachment investigation is investigating allegations made by women and the cover-up of Covid death data on nursing home residents by Cuomo aides.
Cuomo’s office referred questions about McGrath’s allegations to Rita Glavin, an attorney for the governor.
Glavin, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, told The Times: “The governor has greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand.”
“Yes, he posed for photos with his arm around her. Yes, he uses Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella’,” said Glavin.
“Ciao bella” is Italian for “hello, beautiful”.
“None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned. He made it clear that he never made inappropriate progress or touched anyone inappropriately,” said Glavin.
McGrath’s attorney Mariann Wang made a statement to CNBC.
“The governor’s distractions are not believable. This wasn’t just a friendly joke,” said Wang.
“Ms. McGrath understands the common term ‘ciao Bella’. As she says herself,” I wouldn’t call my parents to find out what that phrase means. I know what that phrase means. “” “
Boylan used Glavin’s words against Cuomo in a tweet on Friday.
“I agree with @NYGovCuomo’s attorney,” Boylan tweeted. “Glavin said, ‘None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned.’ Women in this country are sexually assaulted and molested every day by powerful men like the governor of New York. That ends now. “
Former Cuomo advisor Ana Liss, who accused the governor of promoting a toxic work environment, told 13WHAM News that she was interviewed Thursday by four investigators for the AG’s investigation.
“I don’t think the average person in New York would like to know that their governor is an absolute monster,” Liss told 13WHAM News.
Liss told the point of sale last week, “I will no longer speak for women’s experiences. All I know is that there have been activities that would shock and appall the public if the public knew – and young women how right.” from college. “
Bennett and Boylan are also known to have spoken to investigators about the AG’s investigation.