Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday made yet another public appearance without taking any questions from reporters during a trip to Westchester County on Monday — shortly after the local state senator called on him to resign.
Cuomo’s maneuver echoed the news conference he held in his Manhattan office on Thursday and came in the wake of Friday’s allegations by a current aide, Alyssa McGrath, that he sexually harassed her and tried to silence another, an unidentified aide who’s accused him of groping her in the Executive Mansion late last year.
“He told her specifically not to tell me,” McGrath told the New York Times.
During his appearance Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Cuomo announced that the prominent house of worship — which seats 2,500 — would serve as a “pop-up” COVID-19 vaccination site.
The three-term Democrat largely repeated the remarks he made last week at another predominantly black church, Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, where he was given a shot of the recently approved, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, the senior pastor of Grace Baptist, heaped praise on Cuomo during Monday’s event, from which reporters were barred due to “COVID restrictions,” according to Cuomo’s office.
“That’s our governor — let’s give him some love,” Richardson said after Cuomo spoke.
Richardson also called Cuomo “a servant leader during the darkest seasons of the pandemic.”
“Thank God for your amazing leadership and thank you,” he said.
The Rev. Al Sharpton also spoke remotely by video but was more muted, saying at one point to Cuomo, “We must all remember you had the courage to stand up” during the peak of the pandemic.
Shortly before Cuomo’s appearance, which was live-streamed on his official, state website, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D-The Bronx/Mount Vernon) issued a statement calling on Cuomo to resign amid spiraling sexual harassment allegations.
“The disturbing allegations of misconduct against Governor Cuomo have continued to erode the trust and confidence of the public,” Bailey tweeted.
“The brave women who have come forward and all the people of this State deserve accountability.”
Cuomo last week declared that he would not answer reporters’ questions about the allegations against him, saying he wanted to “respect” an impeachment investigation by the state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
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