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There were increasing calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign at a rally outside his Manhattan office Tuesday. He's facing mounting scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, and now he's on the verge of losing some of his emergency pandemic powers; CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.
AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: The legislature's deal to scale back Governor Cuomo's executive privileges could be voted on as early as Friday, while the move has been considered for weeks. It comes amidst calls, even within Cuomo's own party, for his resignation after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
JAY JACOBS: It was only incumbent upon all of us to be patient and wait for the results of that investigation.
AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Party chairman, Jay Jacobs, is urging Democrats to wait before taking sides.
JAY JACOBS: I am not fast to just cast aside someone who has done so much for the state. And again, I don't agree with everything, and these allegations most certainly are disturbing.
AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Allegations from three women in their 20s and 30s. Two worked with Cuomo at different times. The latest woman, Anna Ruck, met Cuomo at a wedding. She claims to the New York Times he touched her face and also kissed her inappropriately.
Referencing earlier allegations in a statement, Cuomo said, in part, quote, "I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. I am truly sorry." New York state requires employers to have a written sexual harassment policy and mandates annual training for employees. The law was signed by Governor Cuomo in support of the MeToo movement. [INAUDIBLE] to justify the claims, and it does not only affect women.
- A recent report in January of 2018 showed that 43% of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime.
AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: As for Cuomo, he continues to run the state while choosing not to face reporters. Andrea Cline Thomas, CBS2 News.