De Blasio: Cuomo's actions 'disgusting'

Accusations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sexually harassed women on the job are "disgusting," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. (March 2)

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BILL DE BLASIO: The notion of a man taking advantage of his power and his office to intimidate a woman in his employment or to try and somehow insinuate she should have sex him, that's disgusting to me and it's unacceptable. These are very serious allegations against the governor, both in terms of the nursing home scandal and in terms of sexual harassment. Obviously, a third woman has come forward.

If these allegations are true, he cannot govern. He would not be able to govern. It's as simple as that. You have to have trust from the people. And if you can't maintain that trust, you can't govern.

I think all leaders have to answer tough questions from the media, regardless of whether it's convenient. The fact is the work we have to do right now is what matters. Fighting COVID, bringing this city back, bringing the state back. That's the work we all need to be focused on.

Now I would say at the same time, a way to move everything forward is to restore local control. There's a lot on the table, but I have a lot of faith that the legislature agrees on these issues, agrees with the city of New York, wants to work with us, wants to get things done. So I have a lot of faith in Carl Heastie, a lot of faith in Andrea Stewart-Cousins. I think they will keep things running even while the governor deals with these scandals.