Andrew Cuomo Biography, Wiki
Andrew Cuomo is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. For the second time in less than a week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being accused of sexual harassment by a former aide. On Saturday, February 27, The New York Times released an account from Charlotte Bennett, who claimed that the governor asked: “questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men”. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. He has served as chair of the National Governors Association since August 2020.
Born in Queens, New York City, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University, New York. He began his career working as the campaign manager for his father, then as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private law practice. He founded a housing non-profit and was appointed chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, a position he held from 1990 to 1993.
Cuomo served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the 11th United States secretary of housing and urban development. In 2006, Cuomo was elected Attorney General of New York. Cuomo won the 2010 New York gubernatorial election to become Governor of New York and has been reelected twice after winning primaries against progressive challengers Zephyr Teachout (2014) and Cynthia Nixon (2018).
He graduated from St. Gerard Majella’s School in 1971 and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975. He received a B.A. from Fordham University in 1979, and a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982.
Andrew Cuomo is 63-years-old.
Family & Siblings
Cuomo was born in the Queens borough of New York City to a lawyer and later governor of New York Mario Cuomo and Matilda. His parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in the Campania region of southern Italy, while his maternal grandparents were from Sicily (his grandfather from Messina). He has four siblings and his younger brother, Chris Cuomo is a CNN journalist. His elder sister is noted radiologist Margaret Cuomo.
Sexual Harassment With Charlotte Bennett & Accused
Bennett, who is 25 years old, resigned from the governor’s office last November and stated that the harassment came last spring during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bennett said that Cuomo also complained to her about being lonely during the pandemic, stating that he “can’t even hug anyone”, before turning the focus to Bennett. He allegedly asked her who she had last hugged. Bennett said she had tried to avoid the question by responding that she missed hugging her parents. “And he was, like, ‘No, I mean like really hugged somebody?’” she said.
Cuomo never tried to touch her, she said, but the message of the entire episode was clear to her. “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett said. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”
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In a statement, Cuomo called for a review of Bennett’s claims. “I tried to be supportive and helpful,” Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday. “Ms. Bennett’s initial impression was right: I was trying to be a mentor to her. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any inappropriate way. The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported. This situation cannot and should not be resolved in the press; I believe the best way to get to the truth is through a full and thorough outside review and I am directing all state employees to comply with that effort. I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the review so that they know the facts before making any judgments. I will have no further comment until the review has concluded.”
Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to the governor, said, “The matter was promptly escalated to the special counsel. Ms. Bennett received the transfer she requested to a position in which she had expressed a long-standing interest, and was thoroughly debriefed on the facts which did not include a claim of physical contact or inappropriate sexual conduct. She was consulted regarding the resolution and expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the way in which it was handled. The determination reached based on the information Ms. Bennett provided was that no further action was required which was consistent with Ms. Bennett’s wishes.”
Bennett also added that she complained about Cuomo’s behavior to the chief of staff, Jill DesRosiers, less than a week later and after that, she was transferred to another job as a health policy adviser, with an office on the opposite side of the Capitol. Bennett said she had also given a “lengthy statement to a special counsel to the governor, Judith Mogul, toward the end of June”.
Earlier in the week, a former staff of Cuomo’s who previously accused him of sexual harassment revealed new details. Lindsey Boylan said in a Wednesday, February 24, post that the Democrat once kissed her on the lips without her consent. During her more than three years in the administration, she stated that Cuomo “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms, and legs,” he also compared her to one of his rumored ex-girlfriends and once joked they should play strip poker.
“I’m compelled to tell my story because no woman should feel forced to hide their experiences of workplace intimidation, harassment and humiliation — not by the Governor or anyone else,” Boylan said. Cuomo called her allegations “just not true”. Cuomo’s spokesperson Caitlin Girouard also stated that all Boylan’s “claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false”.