Another woman is accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. This comes as a former aide is haring her story, describing a toxic workplace; CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has more.
- Anna Liss was a policy and operations aide in the Cuomo administration nearly a decade ago, making accusations that are similar to the accusations of other young women who've come forward to accuse the governor of acting inappropriately. She says he kissed her on the cheek and posed for a picture with her, but her accusations of a number of twists.
- I'm not claiming sexual harassment per se. I'm just saying that it wasn't a safe space for young women to work, or women in general.
- She says the work environment in Albany, the capital, is toxic and hostile, but there is another more troubling accusation and it involves Lindsay Boylan the first of five women to charge Governor Cuomo with sexual harassment in a series of tweets last December. She says Lindsay eventually called her to urge her to go public, but even before Lindsay contacted her, members of the Cuomo administration appeared worried. Out of the blue she got a call from a top Cuomo advisor.
- Two days after she posted the tweet I got a phone call from Rich [INAUDIBLE] who is a senior advisor to the governor and his spokesperson, and he asked me, I have kind of an awkward question to ask you. Has Lindsay Boylan reached out to you? Have you spoken to her? And I said, no. And then when we hung up I remember thinking, how many other people is he calling?
- This is the governor's family is finally speaking out. Matilda Cuomo, who is front and center with their son at the naming of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, telling the Albany Times Union, quote, "I have always had the utmost admiration for Andrew, and I still do. He is my son and I don't like what he's going through." Cuomo was in Syracuse at the vaccination center talking about the pandemic and trying to show he's in charge, urging people to take the vaccine.
ANDREW CUOMO: Let's rebuild this economy. Let's rebuild the state. This vaccine is the ticket.
- Meanwhile, the governor picking up some support. Both the lieutenant governor and over two dozen Democratic assemblywomen urging people to withhold judgment until after the attorney general's investigation. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 news.