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Cuomo responds after ex-aide says he kissed her, suggested strip poker

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Charlotte Bennett is the second former aide in the last week to allege the governor harassed her.

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- He was, just a few months ago, the golden boy of the Democratic Party. Now an avalanche of controversy surrounding New York Governor Cuomo, from investigations into why he didn't disclose the number of nursing home deaths from COVID, which he denies, to allegations from two politically active women of inappropriate and bullying behavior, which he also denies. Here's political reporter Dave Evans.

RON KIM: Repeat after me. Cuomo is an abuser.

- Cuomo is an abuser.

DAVE EVANS: Today the accusations continued against Governor Cuomo, that his nursing home policies last spring and summer led to countless deaths.

JESSICA RAMOS: I have been not surprised, but gravely disappointed with the governor's actions with regard to this nursing home fiasco.

DAVE EVANS: Governor Cuomo has been accused of under-counting nursing home deaths. And today, a handful of politicians and family members demanded an apology and more investigations. They included Vivian Zayas, who lost her 78-year-old mother to COVID in April.

- I will always carry my mother in my heart, but I have a piece of her here today to let you know that we have been fighting since we received her ashes.

DAVE EVANS: But Governor Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing, and last Friday said he and his team did "the best they could" during the worst of the pandemic.

ANDREW CUOMO: New York is number 34 in nursing home deaths. How is it so terrible a job if it's number 34 in nursing home deaths, and we had COVID before anybody else?

DAVE EVANS: Also today, a former staffer, Lindsey Boylan, came forward with new claims of abuse against Cuomo, writing in an essay "the governor would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms, and legs." Cuomo's press secretary today said, "as we have said before, Boylan's claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false." In today's essay, Boylan also wrote on a plane ride, Cuomo suggested playing strip poker. But four Cuomo staffers today said "we were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen."

Tomorrow, the governor's health commissioner is set to testify before state lawmakers about nursing homes. And next week the State Senate is set to curb some of Cuomo's executive power. In Lower Manhattan, Dave Evans, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.