• Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Cuomo apologizes, won't resign after misconduct allegations

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

"I am not going to resign…”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he would not resign in the wake of a series of sexual misconduct accusations leveled against him by young women but offered a fresh apology and vowed to "fully cooperate" with a review by the state's attorney general.

“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it.”

Cuomo maintained that he never touched anyone inappropriately but acknowledged that it is "custom" for him to kiss and hug people in greeting.

"I understand that sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed and I get it, and I'm going to learn from it."

Three women, including two former aides, have come forward recently to say that Cuomo had sexually harassed them or made inappropriate remarks. Lindsey Boylan, who first came forward in December, said the unwanted advances included an unsolicited kiss on the lips in Cuomo's New York City office, which Cuomo denied.

This scandal is actually the second one Cuomo’s contended with in recent weeks. The governor is also facing accusations of downplaying the true number of elderly nursing home residents killed by COVID-19, a claim which is now the subject of a federal investigation.

Video Transcript

ANDREW CUOMO: I'm not going to resign.

- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he would not resign in the wake of a series of sexual misconduct accusations leveled against him by young women, but offered a fresh apology, and vowed to fully cooperate with the review by the state's attorney general.

ANDREW CUOMO: I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it. And frankly, I am embarrassed by it.

- Cuomo maintained that he never touched anyone inappropriately, but acknowledged that it is custom for him to kiss and hug people in greeting.

ANDREW CUOMO: I understand that sensitivities have changed, and behavior has changed. And I get it, and I'm going to learn from it.

- Three women, including two former aides, have come forward recently to say that Cuomo had sexually harassed them, or made inappropriate remarks. Lindsay Boylan, who first came forward in December, said the unwanted advances included an unsolicited kiss on the lips in Cuomo's New York City office, which Cuomo denied.

The scandal is actually the second one Cuomo has contended with in recent weeks. The governor is also facing accusations of downplaying the true number of elderly nursing home residents killed by COVID-19, a claim which is now the subject of a federal investigation.