The Cuomo family seems to be reuniting at the governor’s mansion in Albany following the New York attorney general’s report that the governor has sexually harassed 11 women while in office.
On Friday, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, 23, the governor’s youngest daughter, was seen carrying a large duffel bag as she entered the governor’s mansion where her father is holed up.
Just a few days before, her sister, Cara – who works for a private equity firm arranging women’s-only events – was seen exiting her Mercedes-Benz and waving at the cameras as she walked into the mansion.
Both Michaela and Cara, 26, have hit the headlines in their own right.
Michaela announced last month that she is a demi-sexual, and in October it was revealed Cara became romantically involved with a state trooper assigned to Gov. Cuomo’s security detail.
The trooper was soon transferred to a post near the Canadian border when their relationship was revealed.
Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, 23, was seen exiting a black Suburban at the governor’s mansion on Friday, carrying a large duffel bag
She was wearing a white crop top and jeans, looking down as she walked
Her arrival at the mansion comes just days after Attorney General Letitia James issued a report finding that her father, Governor Andrew Cuomo, sexually harassed 11 women while in office
Cara Kennedy-Cuomo waved at photographers outside the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday
Gov. Cuomo moved into the governor’s mansion when he was first elected in 2010
Could Andrew Cuomo cling on to power or will he be impeached?
It looks like checkmate for Andrew Cuomo as pressure grows on him to step down despite his desperate attempts to cling on to power.
Senior Democrats including President Joe Biden are pushing for Cuomo to resign, with some looking to impeach the embattled politician.
New York state assembly speaker Carl Heastie, who launched an impeachment inquiry in March, said Cuomo has ‘lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority’ and ‘can no longer remain in office’, according to CNN.
If Cuomo tries to cling on to power rather than step down, he will likely face an impeachment probe.
Impeachment would be carried out by the New York state assembly which is made up of 150 lawmakers.
Only a majority of votes is needed for impeachment for ‘misconduct of malversation’, according to the state constitution.
The assembly’s makeup is overwhelmingly Democrat, with 106 out of 150 seats, and a majority of 76 votes needed for impeachment.
If impeached, Cuomo would be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
A trial would then be held by the New York senate where Democrats hold 43 of 63 seats and a two-thirds majority is needed to convict.
If convicted, Cuomo would be removed from office, but if he is found not guilty, he could return to being governor.
An impeachment probe launched in March is still ongoing and lawmakers are meeting to decide whether to proceed or draft articles in other areas of Cuomo’s leadership relating to the nursing homes Covid scandal, cover-up allegations over the Mario Cuomo Bridge, and claims of using state resources for personal gain.
So far, Cuomo has insisted he has done nothing wrong and has made no moves to step down as he tries to cling on to power.
The family has previously spent the pandemic together, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said in his daily COVID briefings.
But now the family seems to be reuniting amid chaos – after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a 168-page report claiming that the governor sexually harassed 11 women.
His former girlfriend of 14 years, Sandra Lee is reportedly worried about the girls following the report.
‘Sandra has spent her whole life advocating for women, and her thoughts are obviously with these women who have brought these issues to light,’ a close friend told the New York Post.
‘She is a woman’s woman and a mother first and foremost, and her love is with Andrew’s daughters – that’s the thing she truly is concerned about.’
James released her long-awaited report into the allegations against embattled Cuomo on Tuesday morning. It says he sexually harassed 11 women including some whose allegations were not previously known, like two state troopers and an executive assistant who says he groped her breast at the Governor’s mansion in Albany in November 2020.
James said all of the allegations are corroborated but she has not recommended any criminal charges against him, saying the scope of her work didn’t include prosecution.
There has since been an onslaught of calls for him to resign afterwards on both sides of the aisle, including from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who went as far as to call for him to be impeached.
There has been no comment from the White House, despite President Biden saying in March that Cuomo should resign and be arrested if the report substantiates the women’s allegations.
Still, the governor is refusing to resign, saying on Tuesday he is contesting the report, claiming it omits facts and is a political attack on him despite growing calls to step down and the increasing likelihood of impeachment.
In his address, Cuomo he said he is a ‘warm’ person who sometimes ‘slips’ and calls women who work for him ‘sweetheart and darling’, but insisting he has never been predatory or physical in his interactions with staffers.
His attorney has also released an 85-page rebuttal to the report which she says she will continue to update.
‘Even on a quick first review, it is clear that the report purposefully omits key evidence,’ said Cuomo’s attorney Rita M. Glavin.
In his televised address, Cuomo used a slideshow of images of him hugging and kissing people throughout his life to demonstrate what he described as an affectionate and tactile personality, that he says the women have confused for a sexual predator.
‘This has been a long and painful period for me and my family as others feed stories to the press. I never touched anyone inappropriately. The facts are much different to what has been portrayed.
‘I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public service. That is just not who I am or who I ever have been,’ he said.
He went on: ‘Trial by newspaper and biased reviews are not the way to find the facts. I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and jury because this just did not happen.’
Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James’ report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character. He says he welcomed the ‘opportunity’ for a ‘full and fair review’ of the facts
The 168-report was released on Tuesday after a five month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 women who say Cuomo sexually harassed them either by groping them or making inappropriate comments dating back to 2013
President Biden – who said in March that Cuomo should resign if the report finds the allegations true – is yet to comment but while speaking with Latino leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House said: ‘I’m going to be speaking on COVID at 4 o’clock and will take questions on COVID and other issues after that.’
He had been asked if Cuomo should resign.
In his rebuttal, Cuomo said he’d never sexually harass anyone, much less a sexual assault survivor like Charlotte Bennett – one of the accusers – claiming he has helped a female relative overcome sexual abuse himself.
CUOMO FACING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND IMPEACHMENT
The Albany District Attorney said on Tuesday he would use the NY Attorney General’s report in Andrew Cuomo in an ongoing criminal investigation into the embattled governor as New York State Democrats plotted to impeach him.
Cuomo, who denies the allegations in the report, has vowed to fight them and is refusing to step down.
Now some of the most senior Democrats in the New York Legislature are planning to draw up articles to impeach him.
‘Governor Cuomo must resign. The Attorney General’s report leaves no room for any other acceptable course.
‘It confirms that federal and state laws were broken. 11 women is 11 too many,’ Senator Liz Krueger, one of the most senior Democrats in New York’s Senate, tweeted.
AG Letitia James did not weigh any criminal charges against Cuomo but Albany DA David Soares has launched an investigation and is asking women to come forward.
‘We will be formally requesting investigative materials obtained by the AG’s Office and we welcome any victim to contact our office with additional information.
‘As this matter is developing and we are reviewing the document released by the AG today, we will refrain from any additional public comment at this time regarding the status of the ongoing criminal investigation by our office,’ he tweeted in a statement.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that if Cuomo continues to resist calls to step down, he must be impeached.
‘It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor.
‘He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately.’
He said that the women invariably misinterpreted his ‘warm’ gestures like hugs and kisses, or misunderstood compliments.
After he spoke, critics renewed calls for him to resign and some suggested he should be impeached.
‘My first thoughts are with the women who were subject to this abhorrent behavior, and their bravery in stepping forward to share their stories.
‘The Attorney General’s detailed and thorough report substantiates many disturbing instances of severe misconduct. Andrew Cuomo committed sexual assault and sexual harassment, and intimidated a whistleblower.
‘It is disqualifying.
‘It is beyond clear that Andrew Cuomo is not fit to hold office and can no longer serve as Governor.
‘He must resign, and if he continues to resist and attack the investigators who did their jobs, he should be impeached immediately,’ NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
New York Senate Minority and Majority Leaders both called for him to resign.
‘The Attorney General’s report clearly and concisely documents that Governor Cuomo engaged in disturbing and unacceptable behavior.
‘Andrew Cuomo lacks the integrity required to be the leader of our state and can no longer serve as New York’s Governor.
‘He must heed the calls of so many New York leaders and resign,’ Senate Minority Leader Michael Gianaris said.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins said: ‘This report highlights unacceptable behavior Cuomo and his administration. The Governor must resign for the good of the state.
‘Now that the investigation is complete, and the allegations have been substantiated, it should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as Governor.’
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a joint statement calling for Cuomo’s resignation.
‘As we have said before, the reported actions of the Governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable. Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so.
‘The New York State Attorney General has conducted an independent, thorough and professional investigation that found the Governor violated state and federal law, had a pattern of sexually harassing current and former employees, retaliated against at least one of the accusers and created a hostile work environment.
‘No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign.’
New York Attorney General Letitia James announcing her findings on Tuesday after a five month investigation. She said she believes all of the women but she cannot bring criminal charges, instead saying her focus was on determining if the allegations were true
The 168-page report by James’ office finds that Cuomo fostered a ‘toxic work environment’ where women were punished for reporting their allegations. It says that instead of dealing with the complaints properly, the women were simply moved out of his orbit, into different departments.
The report cites ‘relevant laws’ as Employer Liability and Executive Chamber Policy. The Governor, who has always denied the allegations, is yet to respond to the report’s findings.
Among the allegations which the report says are true is that he sexually harassed a state trooper by running his ‘finger from her neck down her spine’ while they were sharing an elevator and saying ‘hey you’.
He is also said to have rubbed a state employee’s stomach, ran his finger across the chest of another woman, and engaged in ‘widespread pattern’ of subjecting women to ‘unwanted hugs’.
The report concludes: ‘The Governor sexually harassed a number of State employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching, as well as by making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments.
‘We find that such conduct was part of a pattern of behavior that extended to his interactions with others outside of State government.’
Non-consensual touching, repeatedly made comments of a sexualized, gender based nature. Cuomo was grilled for 11 hours as part of the investigation.
During questioning, the report says he ‘did not dispute that he sometimes commented on staff members’ appearance and attire (although generally only to compliment), and stated that, being “old fashioned,”.
He said he uses terms like ‘honey’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’ and that he regularly gave women hugs and kisses – sometimes on the lips.