BUFFALO, NY – During a press conference held on May 20th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo managed to lose his cool when asked by a reporter if he would like to respond to the allegations that his book deal regarding the pandemic was tantamount to “making money on the backs of dead people.”
Gov. Cuomo Fumes When Asked Whether He ‘Profited Off The Backs Of Dead New Yorkers’ https://t.co/j0ovUi2uRB
— Ben Owen (@hrkbenowen) May 23, 2021
It is without question that Governor Cuomo’s book titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” has been a source of controversy.
Reasons for the controversy surrounding the book stem from the fact that Governor Cuomo managed to make over $5 million on a memoir themed around the coronavirus, not to mention the fact that New York was among the hardest hit in terms of fatalities and hospitalizations related to the pandemic ostensibly due to poor leadership within the state.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 19, 2021
One reasonable point of scrutiny related to COVID-19 adversely affecting the state of New York can be traced back to Governor Cuomo’s March 25th, 2020 statewide directive that forced nursing homes to take in recovering COVID-19 patients – whether or not they remained contagious.
Taking all that into consideration, it’s understandable why there is swirling controversy regarding Governor Cuomo authoring a book pertaining to leadership lessons with respect to the pandemic.
NY silently scrubs Cuomo's March nursing home mandate from website – https://t.co/h2iSJsLCn6
— Limelight & Fashion (@LimelightFlash) May 31, 2020
Thus, on May 20th, Governor Cuomo was asked during a press conference held in Buffalo the following by a reporter present in relation to his over $5 million book deal:
“The allegations out that you made this money on the backs of dead New Yorkers: How do you respond to that?”
Seeming to lose its cool, Governor Cuomo responded with:
“That’s stupid; next question.”
The reporter then followed up the question with asking why the governor thought it was “stupid” that family members of those who lost loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic were reasonably incensed over his secured book deal.
Governor Cuomo responded with:
“I thought your question was stupid and offensive.”
“I wrote a book saying this is what we should learn from what has happened so far with COVID, because we’re not done and it’s going to continue. And if we don’t learn the lessons, we’re going to continue to make the same mistakes. That’s why I wrote the book.”
One of the more obvious reasons that this book being written by Governor Cuomo is a point of contention that has drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle is the fact that it was released in October of 2020.
Considering that the book was released in October of 2020 shows that it was written during this summer of 2020 – the period in which the state of New York was showing some of the highest numbers in the nation for fatalities, hospitalizations, and infection rates regarding the pandemic.
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Back in April, we at Law Enforcement Today shared another report regarding Governor Cuomo’s fielding of media inquiries during a press conference – which in this case, he seemingly brushed off inquiries about his alleged sexual improprieties.
Here’s that previous report.
ALBANY, NY- On Monday, April 26th, at his first open press conference in months, Governor Andrew Cuomo fended off a barrage of questions about his mounting scandals, defiantly insisting that he has done “nothing wrong” and that some of his accusers “just want attention” and “are jealous.”
Gov Cuomo #SerialKiller On Sex Harassment Claims-'I didn't do anything wrong'-#IDidntDoNuffin-Cuomo fronts media 4 the 1st time in weeks-Says he will NOT resign over 'untrue' sexual harassment allegations-Blames nursing home deaths on #PrezTrump. https://t.co/uOVjMTjlVS
— 66613Skunky13 (@TrueCrimePoli) April 27, 2021
The New York Post reported that during Cuomo’s first in-person press conference with reporters since the end of November, he was bombarded with questions on whether there was any truth to the growing accusations against him involving sexual harassment, deaths in local nursing homes, and his controversial book deal.
Cuomo was also confronted publicly about the latest accusation involving him, which was a New York Times story alleging that he used an anti-trans slur and referred to Jews as “these people and their (expletive) treehouses” during a Sukkot event. Cuomo stated:
“I never said any such things. They printed slurs and slander and you’d have to ask them why they did that.”
When asked why he thought the dozens of sources in the article that attested to alleged behavior were speaking out, he replied by saying:
“People are venial. People want attention. People are angry. People are jealous.”
The recent Times report followed months of allegations from women accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. When pressed specifically on whether he had groped female staffers and otherwise sexually harassed them, Cuomo responded by saying:
“To put it very simply, no.”
”poll of 2,515 residents revealed 58% think Cuomo should be convicted if impeached..overwhelming majority think gov should resign over sex harassment allegations..spans party lines w/Democrats showing 44% favor convicting him if impeached.”https://t.co/gF58jo2sxH
— Fredric U. Dicker (@fud31) April 15, 2021
However, several young former female staffers have accused Cuomo of using issues with his cell phone as a ruse to ask them for help so he can get physically close to them.
One of the female staffers claimed that the governor asked her to his Executive Mansion late in 2020 using the cell phone ploy.
She alleged that he then reached under her blouse and groped her breasts. At the recent press conference, when asked if he regretted seeking the young women’s help and inviting them to the mansion, Cuomo replied, “No.”
“I have many women who were working in state government. I’m very proud that we probably have more women in senior positions than every before. And I think that’s a good thing.”
The governor was then asked whether investigators hired by state Attorney General Letitia James’ office to probe the harassment claims might find anything at all to substantiate the claims. He fired back:
“The report can’t say anything different because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
During the press conference, his blanket defiance was in stark contrast to some of his past responses to the sexual harassment allegations against him.
In February, the governor tried to explain that the “incidents” were “misinterpreted jokes” but also added that he was “truly sorry” if he offended anyone.
During a press conference in Binghamton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) offered a more direct denial to a current staff member's account of inappropriate touching.
"I've never touched anyone inappropriately and groping would be inappropriate," he said.https://t.co/oEN8Amwk7x
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) April 27, 2021
During the press conference, Cuomo also tried to battle back against allegations that he and his top aides tried to hide the true tally of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in the state.
His administration has been accused of for then underreporting deaths from nursing homes by excluding those who ultimately passed away in hospitals. He said that the controversy was just “more of the ugly politics at the time.”
— DF (@Wiseriverman) April 27, 2021
Cuomo the blamed President Trump among others for making it a “very big issue.” He also denied allegations that he forced staffers to work on his pandemic memoir. He said:
“The people volunteered to work on the book.”
In a statement, attorney Debra Katz said:
“Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a press conference in which he continued his effort to actively undermine the Attorney General’s independent investigation into his sexual harassment of my client, Charlotte Bennett, and numerous other women.”
“The Governor said he didn’t ‘do anything wrong,’ demonstrating a studied ignorance of both his legal obligations and a revisionist history about his own conduct.
Does he really not understand that sexually propositioning a 25-year-old staffer after making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature is illegal? Or does he continue to believe that he law does not apply to him?”
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