ALBANY, N.Y. — One of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusers met with investigators working for the state attorney general’s office for more than four hours Monday via Zoom.
A lawyer for Charlotte Bennett says that during the interview she revealed new details about Cuomo’s behavior and a “sexually hostile work environment.”
Bennett also provided investigators with 120 pages of records.
Cuomo, a Democrat, has said that he will cooperate with the investigation. His office didn’t immediately comment Monday when asked about Bennett’s interview.
Bennett said Cuomo quizzed her last June about her sex life and inquired about her willingness to have a sexual relationship with an older man.
A top aide to Cuomo also now stands accused of using vaccines to politically pressure people to stay loyal to the governor.
The Washington Post first reported that Cuomo’s vaccine czar Larry Schwartz “phoned county officials in the past two weeks in attempts to gauge their loyalty to the embattled governor.”
Schwartz denied he applied political pressure.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a long time political adversary of the governor before the scandals, has for weeks been complaining New York City has not been receiving its fair share of vaccine.
“The governor and his team trying to link vaccine supply to political support, that is the definition of corruption,” de Blasio said.
He said he has not personally heard from the governor’s office in two weeks, but said “he better not call me because I’ll tell him what he can do with that.”
Cuomo himself was on Long Island in Old Westbury Monday touring a mass vaccination site and trying to project businesses as usual.
State leaders were back in Albany preparing to begin an impeachment investigation through the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. Democratic leadership said they will be hiring outside counsel to help them with the work, and should make an announcement by the end of the week.
The White House continues to get asked daily if Cuomo should resigned. President Joe Biden over the weekend said he would like to see the result of Attorney General Letitia James’s investigation first. It was a statement that was reiterated by Press Secretary Jen Psaki Monday.