N.Y. Gov. Cuomo refuses to resign amid growing harassment claims

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 08: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets people after speaking at a vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 8, 2021 in New York City. Cuomo has been called to resign from his position after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought against him. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets people after speaking at a vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 8, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Seth Wenig-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:20 PM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) aides reportedly tried to do some damage control after his first accuser came forward with accusations.

According to several former employees, Cuomo’s office attempted to call at least six of them in an attempt to discredit the first accuser Lindsey Boylan or to get additional information about her allegations. Some of the ex-staffers believe the calls were meant to intimidate them. The outreach was reportedly coordinated by Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s top aide.

In a phone briefing on Friday, Cuomo doubled down on his refusal to resign after reports of a seventh accuser came forward and cited cancel culture as what’s motivating the calls against him.

“People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth,” Cuomo claimed. “Let the review proceed. I’m not going to resign, I was not elected by the politicians. I was elected by the people. Part of this is that I am not part of the political club. And you know what? I’m proud of it.”

Cuomo then pivoted to worrying about the Empire State’s budget in the aftermath of the pandemic instead of addressing the nursing home death cover up, which happened under his watch.

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