4th and 5th Women Make Allegations Against Cuomo, Plus Other Aides Confirm Toxic Environment

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Is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo done yet? After the latest allegations, it’s hard to see how he isn’t as a wave of new allegations have just dropped.

As we previously reported, a top Democrat, Andrea Cousins-Stewart, the NY Senate Majority leader, said that if another woman came forward it would be time for Cuomo to quit.

Well, looks like Cousins-Stewart is going to have to pony up, because now there’s not only that 4th woman accuser but a fifth as well. Not to mention a bunch of other aides now talking about other bad behavior.

According to the Daily Mail, Ana Liss, 35, was a policy and operations aide for Cuomo for 2 years from 2013-2015. She spoke to the Wall Street Journal and said that he made advances toward her including asking if she had a boyfriend, touching her back and kissing her on the hand. She told the WSJ that she felt diminished from an educated professional to “just a skirt.” She said his behavior wasn’t “appropriate, really, in any setting.”

Karen Hinton’s story suggests this has been going on for some time. Hinton, 62, said that Cuomo embraced her after a work event in 2000. She said she tried to pull away from him, but he pulled her back before she was ultimately able to get away and leave.

Additionally, two male aides claimed that the governor would berate them, call them “pussies” and say “they have no balls.” Other current and former officials told the WSJ that the governor would regularly ask women about their dating lives, touch them and make comments on their physical appearance including asking them to wear high heels.

This is on top of the three women who have already come forward alleging sexually inappropriate or harassing behavior – Lindsay Boylan, Charlotte Bennett and Anna Ruch. Ruch wasn’t even an aide, just a woman that he met at a wedding and who he immediately asked to kiss her.

Boylan praised Liss and Hinton for coming forward. She also called Cuomo a monster and demanded that he resign.

Meanwhile the New York Attorney General’s office acknowledged that they sent Cuomo a notice to preserve all records pertaining to the sexual harassment allegations.

The nursing home scandal should have been enough to send him packing, if he had any shame, even before any of these allegations came to light. But he doesn’t have any shame. So Cousins-Stewart and the other lawmakers are going to have to decide if they want this open wound to continue to fester or if they are going to move to remove him because at this point, it’s already a flood. And it’s only getting worse.

Assembly members called for him to resign or be impeached, including Ron Kim, who says Cuomo threatened to destroy him over the nursing home scandal.