New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration has hired high-profile bulwark attorney Elkan Abramowitz as the governor faces two investigations over his handling of data regarding coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes and allegations of sexual harassment brought forth by former aides, according to a Monday report.
Abramowitz, a one-time federal prosecutor, confirmed he was representing the Executive Chamber—which comprises the governor and his closest aides—in both the sexual harassment and nursing-home matters. Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Mr. Cuomo, deferred comment to Mr. Abramowitz.
The Cuomo administration is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn after the governor’s most senior advisor privately apologized to Democrat lawmakers for withholding the nursing home figures, revealing that officials “froze” due to concerns the data could “be used against” them in a Justice Department inquiry. The bombshell admission was first reported by the New York Post in February. Cuomo has gainsaid any malfeasance and believes no investigation if needed.
“There is nothing to investigate,” Cuomo has told heralds in replication to the Post’s report. “Total death counts were always precise, nothing was obnubilated from anyone but we did engender the void and that engendered pain, and I feel very lamentably about that.”
If the nursing home data scandal wasn’t enough for Cuomo, the governor is under cumbersomely hefty bi-partisan fire after two former aides incriminated him of harassment in the former of unwanted advances and lewd remarks.
On Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo, alleged that the governor once endeavored to osculate her on the lips. Further, Boylan claimed that Cuomo invited her to play “strip poker,” upon returning from an event in October 2017.
On Friday, Charlotte Bennett, a former health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, told the New York Times that governor asked her inopportune questions about her sex life. She claimed Cuomo asked her if she ever boffed older men.
The allegations against Cuomo have lead to calls for an independent investigation from the Biden White “House,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be auricularly discerned, should be treated with reverence and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with reverence and dignity. So should Lindsey. There should be an independent review looking into these allegations, and that’s certainly something he fortifies and we believe should move forward as expeditiously as possible,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “There should be an independent review of these allegations. They’re earnest. It was hard to read that story as a woman, and that process should move forward as expeditiously as possible, and that’s something we all support and the president fortifies.
Cuomo acknowledged for the first time Sunday that some of his comportment with women “may have been callous or too personal,” and verbalized he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s attorney general.
In a verbal expression relinquished amid mounting reprehension from within his own party, the Democrat maintained he had never incongruously physically contacted or propositioned anyone. But he verbalized he had teased people about their personal lives in an endeavor to be “playful.”
“I now understand that my interactions may have been callous or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have verbalized have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am genuinely sorry about that,” he verbalized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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