Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) on Saturday, Feb. 27, renewed her calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) resignation after another former staffer came forward accusing him of sexual harassment.
In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday, Charlotte Bennett, who worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser for Cuomo, said the governor asked her about her sex life and wondered if she contemplated having a sexual relationship with older men. According to Bennett, Cuomo also suggested he’s fine with maintaining relationships with much younger women.
Bennett, 25, left the governor’s office in November 2020. She is the second woman to come forward with harassment allegations against Cuomo. Former aide Lindsey Boylan has also accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, including unwanted kissing.
“It takes bravery and courage for victims to come forward with their horrific experiences facing sexual harassment, sexual grooming, and sexual abuse from Governor Cuomo,” Stefanik wrote. “Governor Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign.”
“I was one of the first and one of the only elected officials to call on the Governor to resign on Dec 14th. Today, it’s time for other New York State leaders to grow a spine,” she continued. “The New York Times article recounting Governor Cuomo’s sickening workplace sexual harassment and grooming of Ms. Bennett is so horrific it makes your skin crawl.”
🚨🚨 My Statement on New York Times Story on Governor Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Victim 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/E8JhktPZpL
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 28, 2021
Cuomo has denied Boylan’s allegations and told the Times that his relationship with Bennett had been one of a mentor and that he had “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.” He told the paper that he is awaiting the results of an independent review of the accusations and urged New York voters to wait “before making any judgments.”
Stefanik previously called for Cuomo to resign after the first sexual allegation in December. She also called for prosecution against the governor following revelations that his state government withheld coronavirus date at nursing homes in New York.
Cuomo also faces calls to be impeached amid a series of controversies.
Local gun store owner Brian Olesen told the New York Post that he paid for an electronic billboard that now lines Interstate 787 just north of the state capital “to demand that he [Cuomo] be held accountable for the mass deaths at the nursing homes.”
“Combined with these sexual allegations, I think people in this state have had it,” Olesen said. “And people are going to take the initiative now to seek this guy’s removal.”
787 billboard calls for Gov. Cuomo’s impeachment https://t.co/zLDJAO6lFw
— WNYT NewsChannel 13 (@WNYT) February 25, 2021