Another current aide of Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment.
Alyssa McGrath, 33, said the governor, 63, ogled her body, called her and her co-worker ‘mingle mamas’ and asked about her lack of a wedding ring, according to The New York Times.
The New York Times conducted several interviews McGrath over the past week in which she described the governor’s pattern of flirtatious banter.
She also claimed he looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace and told her that she’s beautiful in Italian.
McGrath, the eighth woman to have now accused the New York governor of sexual harassment, also recounted another Cuomo accuser describing her own allegations to her, which were detailed by The Times Union of Albany last week.
Alyssa McGrath said Cuomo ogled her body, called her and her co-worker ‘mingle mamas’ and asked about her lack of a wedding ring as well calling her beautiful in Italian
The unnamed woman has accused Cuomo of groping her breast in the Executive Mansion.
‘She froze when he started doing that stuff to her,’ McGrath told The New York Times.
She added: ‘But who are you going to tell?’
McGrath said that the co-worker, with whom she regularly spoke and talked to about interactions with Cuomo, told her that he asked her not to talk about the alleged incident.
‘He told her specifically not to tell me,’ McGrath said.
An Alyssa McGrath is listed on SeeThroughNY, a database of public employees maintained by the Empire Center, as being a confidential stenographer with a pay rate of $47,000.
LinkedIn and social media accounts that appear to have been deleted list her as an Executive Assistant in The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and she told the Times that Cuomo’s behavior began soon after she was hired in May 2018.
‘He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you’re his friend,’ McGrath told the Times.
‘But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, ‘I can’t believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York’.’
McGrath said she was called to Cuomo’s office on the second floor of the mansion early in 2019.
Cuomo asked McGrath if she spoke Italian and then made a comment to her in the language.
McGrath, who does not speak Italian but is of Italian heritage, asked her parents what the phrase meant – and her mother confirmed the incident to the Times.
‘It was commenting on how beautiful I was,’ McGrath recalled.
Rita Glavin, a lawyer for Cuomo, responded to McGrath’s allegations by admitting he uses Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella.’
‘The governor has greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead, or hand. Yes, he has posed for photographs with his arm around them. Yes, he uses Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella’,’ Glavin told the Times on Friday.
McGrath claimed she was later called to the governor’s office in the Capitol for a dictation session where she was alone with him.
She told the Times she sat across from the governor and was ready to do her job while waiting for him to start speaking.
‘He didn’t start speaking, so I looked up to see what was going on. And he was blatantly looking down my shirt,’ McGrath told the Times.
She said that Cuomo asked her what was on her necklace, which was inside her shirt.
‘My face turned really hot,’ she said.
McGrath told the Times she detailed this experience at the time with her co-worker and fellow accuser.
This is a developing story