Update Sunday 2/28 at 8:00PM: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a statement Sunday evening apparently acknowledging sexual misconduct allegations against him, saying that “some of the things I have said may have been interpreted as unwanted flirtation.” He also stated that he himself had called for an “independent, outside review” into the situation but denied all accusations of inappropriate touching.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office released a public statement on Sunday afternoon blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo on two fronts— the accusations of sexual misconduct lodged by two of the governor’s former aides, and the alleged slow-walking by the governor’s office of nursing home COVID-19 death tallies.
The Office of the Mayor posted the statement on Twitter, calling Cuomo’s alleged actions “disturbing” and advocated for “two fully independent investigations” into the controversies.
My statement regarding the latest disturbing allegations against Governor Cuomo:
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 28, 2021
The mayor and the governor have had a famously contentious relationship throughout their tenures, and Mayor de Blasio has previously commented on Governor Cuomo’s allegedly aggressive behavior. Earlier last week he stood behind Queens assemblyman Ron Kim’s accusation that Cuomo threatened him after he publicly criticized the governor’s handling of nursing home deaths, describing the incident as “classic Andrew Cuomo.”
This is a developing story and will be updated with any new information.