Updated: March 07, 2021 11:23 AM
Created: March 06, 2021 09:32 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The director of Monroe County's Planning and Development Department has come forward with new allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In an article by the Wall Street Journal, Ana Liss says 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, who worked as an aide to Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, also told the Journal that the actions were unsolicited and that while at the time she thought them harmless flirtations over time she has come to see them as patronizing actions that made her feel like "just a skirt."
Liss' allegations are the fourth in recent weeks and the third from a former aide against the governor, who has said he will not resign.
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello released the following statement on the allegations.
“Ana Liss has shown tremendous strength in speaking about her experiences and the emotional trauma that resulted from her time working for the Governor. She is a valued member of my team since joining Monroe County over a year ago. I support Ana fully, as well as the other courageous women coming forward to share their stories.
Sexual harassment, unwanted sexual attention, and degrading or abusive behavior can never be tolerated, whether in the workplace or anywhere else. The tone for workplace culture is set at the top, and it is the responsibility of any leader to build a culture of respect and dignity for all persons, where all employees feel safe and know they are valued. We owe it to each of the women who have shared their experience to fully investigate their claims, and to expedite the investigation. The people of New York deserve nothing less.”
News10NBC has reached out to Liss and the Department of Planning and Development but has not yet heard back.
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