ALBANY – Saying he will not resign from office, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo “feels awful” for making anyone feel uncomfortable following accusations of inappropriate behavior with three women.
Cuomo spoke during a televised news conference while under fire for the behavior and the state’s handling of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
Addressing the allegations, Cuomo says he will cooperate with the Attorney General’s probe into his alleged actions.
“I want New Yorkers to hear directly from me on this, first, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think they should be encouraged in every way,” said Cuomo. “I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable, it was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it, I feel awful by it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, that is not easy to say, but that is the truth.”
Cuomo asked New Yorkers to await the “facts” from the AG’s review before forming an opinion.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately, I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” said Cuomo. “I certainly never, ever, meant to offend anyone, or hurt anyone, that is the last thing I would want to do.”
When asked if he plans to “step aside” amid the allegations, Cuomo says he plans to work with the AG and stay in office.
The Governor also addressed a push to pullback his COVID-19 emergency powers.
Cuomo agreeing that, under a new bill which could go up for a vote as soon as Friday, the legislature can repeal any executive order with 50 percent of lawmakers agreeing.
The Governor however wants some emergency powers to continue past April 30, or until the federal government declares an official end of the pandemic.
Cuomo says he will give notice of changes at least five days prior to their effect unless an immediate emergency was underway.
Finally, the Governor says he will consult with lawmakers about changes to his Executive Orders during the five-day notice period.