NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Gov Andrew Cuomo should resign over “abuse,” as Hillary Clinton insisted New Yorkers deserve answers.
De Blasio said that any older man trying to use a position of power to take advantage of an employee is “horrible” and said anyone guilty of that behavior should “no longer” work in government.
“If someone purposely tried to use their power to force a woman to have sex with them, of course that’s someone who should no longer be in public service,” de Blasio said on Monday during his daily press briefing.
The mayor’s comments come after two former Cuomo employees came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.
Former aide Charlotte Bennett told the New York Times that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including if she had sex with older men.
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett said.
“And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”
Another staffer, Lindsey Boylan, came forward last week with allegations that Cuomo kissed her without consent and asked inappropriate questions, like if she wanted to play strip poker.
Cuomo issued a statement on Sunday acknowledging that some things he has said to past employees may “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
His office gave New York’s attorney general the go-ahead to hire a “private” lawyer to launch an investigation into the allegations.
Commenting on the investigation, Clinton said that she was “glad” that the allegations were being taken seriously.
“These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to,” she said.
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Clinton’s comments mimic those made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called the allegations against Cuomo “serious and credible.”
“The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Gov Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.