Local Cuomo accuser, Ana Liss, answers independent investigators' questions

Updated: March 18, 2021 11:09 PM
Created: March 18, 2021 08:56 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County official who's accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate workplace behavior answered the independent investigators' questions via Zoom Thursday.

Liss is currently the head of the Monroe County Planning and Development Department. She worked as an aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015.

Liss has claimed that during that time, the governor would ask her if she had a boyfriend, call her sweetheart, touched her lower back during a reception, and once kissed her hand when she rose from her desk.

Liss released the following statement on Thursday about her meeting with the investigators:

“Today, I spoke with the legal team appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James to conduct an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo. I met with the investigators via Zoom over the course of two hours. I answered many questions about my time in the Governor’s office from 2013 to 2015, detailing instances of unsolicited attention paid to me by the Governor and the sexually hostile work environment perpetuated by him and senior staff. As was outlined in the statement issued by Charlotte Bennett’s attorney, this investigation is not just focused on the Governor but on the pervasive, arbitrary, and severe conduct tolerated and propagated by the Governor. During my time in the Executive Chamber, it was a toxic, verbally abusive, retaliatory workplace, especially for young women like myself. Sexual harassment on the Governor’s behalf is a significant piece of the investigation, but he neither is nor was the only person in the administration responsible for offensive conduct ranging from scatological name-calling to outright objectification of women’s bodies. Among many questions, one inquiry pertained to a senior advisor to the Governor contacting me in the days following Lindsey Boylan’s first public statement about her allegations in December 2020. I look forward to continued cooperation with this effort, and I support others who may wish to come forward.”

On Monday, the investigators spoke with Charlotte Bennett, the second woman to accuse the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

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