ALBANY, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had not been questioned as part of Attorney General Tish James’ investigation into allegations he sexually harassed several women, although he added that ‘he was “impatient” to tell his side of the story.
James opened an investigation into Cuomo earlier this year after several women, including current and former staff, accused him of harassment and inappropriate behavior. The governor is also under investigation by the State Assembly, which is considering articles of impeachment.
Asked at an event in Buffalo Thursday if he spoke to investigators in James’ office, Cuomo replied, “I didn’t.”
“But I can tell you this – I tried to be respectful of the process. At the same time, it was very difficult to let people make accusations and not respond, and people only heard one side of the story. I used to tell people when I was the attorney general… when someone would come and say, “Well, I heard that,” I said, “until you heard them. two sides of the story, you haven’t heard a thing. People have heard one side of the story. I can’t tell you how excited I am to tell my side of the story and the time will come.
Cuomo periodically offered an explanation for his conduct. He said that kissing people was his “usual and customary way of greeting,” for example. But lately, he has rarely offered direct answers to questions about the allegations, citing ongoing investigations.
“Theoretically the way it’s supposed to work is the GA, the Assembly says, ‘we do a review’, then they do a review and the review is done in private,” he said Thursday. “What happened here was that the complainants continued to go to the press and press charges, and I was unable to respond. It is not fair and it is not fair. So I try to be respectful, but I can’t wait to tell my side of the story.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said James had the power to review Cuomo’s decisions on retirement homes and granted him the power to investigate allegations that state resources were used to help write a book Cuomo published last year.
The Assembly is examining a similar list of issues in depth as part of its impeachment inquiry.