Updated: March 03, 2021 06:06 PM
Created: March 03, 2021 05:48 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged publicly for the first time in about a week and says calls for him to resign are political and he's not going to do it.
After updating the COVID-19 and vaccine situation in New York, the governor apologized multiple times for saying things that caused pain and discomfort. Three women have come forward publicly to say the governor sexually harassed them.
"I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this," Gov. Cuomo said. "I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it."
Three women are complaining about their contact with Governor Cuomo.
Lindsey Boylan worked as an aide to the governor and accuses the governor of making inappropriate comments to her and of kissing her on the lips.
The governor denies that.
"I never touched anyone inappropriately," he said.
Wednesday Boylan tweeted “How can New Yorkers trust you @NYGovCuomo to lead our state if you “don’t know” when you’ve been inappropriate with your own staff?”
How can New Yorkers trust you @NYGovCuomo to lead our state if you “don’t know” when you’ve been inappropriate with your own staff?— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 3, 2021
Boylan is one of six candidates running for Manhattan Borough President.
Charlotte Bennett was another aide who says the governor made inappropriate comments to her last June.
Her lawyer, Debra Katz, said in a statement: "the Governor repeatedly said he had no idea he made anyone uncomfortable. My client, Charlotte Bennett, reported his sexually harassing behavior immediately to his Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel."
The New York Times reported Bennett was moved to a different job away from the governor.
"I'm sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone. I never intended it," Cuomo said.
The governor was asked twice if he will step aside or resign.
"I'm not going to resign," he answered. "I work for the people of the state of New York, they elected me and I'm going to serve the people of the state of New York."
News10NBC asked the governor if he's taken the annual sexual harassment training course that every employee in New York is required to take.
"Short answer is yes," he said.
The governor did not elaborate on his answer to include when he took the training session.
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