Lawmakers pan Gov. Cuomo’s comments on sexual harassment allegations

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New York lawmakers on Wednesday panned the qualifier-laden apology Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued over allegations of sexual harassment lodged by three women.

In an Albany press briefing, an “embarrassed” Cuomo said that he was sorry “if [his accusers] were offended,” indicated that he was specifically apologizing to one of the three women and insisted that he never touched anyone inappropriately.

“I would argue that it’s highly inappropriate to kiss a staffer on the lips without their unequivocal consent, and highly inappropriate for the governor to put his hands on the face of a woman and grab her without her consent,” tweeted state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn). “These denials are very sad to watch.”

Former Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan, 36, was the first woman to come forward, alleging last month that Cuomo kissed her on the lips without warning, and suggested that they spend a flight playing strip poker.

Days later, fellow former staffer Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of subjecting her to a series of off-color remarks and questions about her sex life, leaving her convinced that the governor was in pursuit of a relationship with her.

And on Monday, Anna Ruch, 33, alleged that Cuomo grabbed her at a 2019 wedding, put his hands on her face and kissed her on the cheek even as she tried to pull away, with part of the interaction caught on camera.

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