NY Leaders react to second sexual harassment accusation against Gov. Cuomo

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(WIVB)– Leaders are reacting to new reporting from the New York Times that has revealed a second accusation of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo by a former aide.

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“Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and taken seriously. I support an independent review.” 

LT. Gov Kathy Hochul/ (D) New York

“The latest allegations about Governor Cuomo’s conduct are incredibly disturbing. The review suggested by someone handpicked by the Governor himself, is an outrageous, completely unacceptable idea. We need a truly independent investigation, which is why I continue to support the calls of my colleagues for a Special Prosecutor appointed by the Attorney General.

I will be convening members of the Senate Republican Conference tomorrow morning to discuss these egregious allegations and any next steps that our conference must take.”

State Senator Rob Ortt/ (R) North Tonawanda & Minority Leader

“Sen. Schumer has said many times that sexual harassment is never acceptable and must not be tolerated, and that any credible allegation should be thoroughly investigated.”

Allison Biasotti, Spokeswoman for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D)

“With additional allegations against Gov. Cuomo coming to light, the response must be clear and decisive. A thorough investigation, conducted by an entity completely outside the governor’s reach, must begin immediately.”

NY Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay (R)

“These allegations are alarming and upsetting. An independent investigation must begin immediately.”

State Senator Tim Kennedy/ (D) BUFFALO

“These incidents of sexual harassment and pattern of abuse are abhorrent and have absolutely no place in our society, let alone the highest rungs of government,” said Reed. “Such behavior is disturbing and unacceptable. Governor Cuomo must be held accountable under the law to ensure justice is served.”

Rep. Tom Reed/ (R) Corning

“The serious allegations against Governor Cuomo must be independently investigated. If it’s proven to be true that the Governor abused his power by sexually harassing subordinates then he must resign.”

Assemblyman Pat Burke/ (D) Buffalo

“All allegations of workplace sexual harassment must be taken seriously. The multiple allegations made against the governor would be unacceptable for a superior to make in any workplace. A truly independent investigation of the allegations must commence immediately.”

Mark Poloncarz/ (D) Erie County Executive

“The continued allegations are deeply disturbing and concerning. The behavior described has no place in the workplace. A truly independent investigation must begin immediately.”

NY Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D, IP, WF)

“The allegations of sexual harassment against the Governor are extremely disturbing and must be the subject of an independent investigation.”

NY Assemblymember Karen McMahon/(D) Amherst

“I believe the Attorney General should make an appointment to ensure that it is a truly independent investigation.”

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie (D)

“These allegations are serious and deeply concerning. As requested by Attorney General James, the matter should be referred to her office so that she can conduct a transparent, independent and thorough investigation with subpoena power.”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

“These allegations of sexual harassment made against Governor Cuomo must be taken seriously and must be investigated by a truly independent investigator.”

Assemblywoman Monica Wallace (D) Lancaster

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