- Ana Liss was a policy aide to Mr Cuomo between 2013 and 2015
- She says the Governor called her “sweetheart” and asked if she had a boyfriend
- A spokesman for Mr Cuomo says the type of behaviour described is “innocent” banter politicians often take part in
Ana Liss, 35, said when she a policy aide to the Governor between 2013 and 2015 Mr Cuomo called her “sweetheart”, once kissed her hand and asked personal questions.
Ms Liss made the allegations in an article published on Saturday in The Wall Street Journal.
She said she initially thought of Mr Cuomo’s conduct as harmless, but it grew to bother her, including his question of whether she had a boyfriend.
Ms Liss said she felt the behaviour was patronising and showed a lack of professional respect.
“I wish that he took me seriously.”
A spokesman for Mr Cuomo did not comment specifically on the latest allegations.
But he told The Wall Street Journal some of the behaviour Ms Liss was describing was the kind of “innocent” banter that politicians often took part in at public events.
“At the public open-house mansion reception, there are hundreds of people and he poses for hundreds of pictures. That’s what people in politics do.”
Governor to face independent investigation
Mr Cuomo’s workplace conduct has been under intense scrutiny, with several women publicly complaining of feeling sexually harassed or of being made to feel uncomfortable.
Former adviser Lindsey Boylan said the Governor made inappropriate comments about her appearance, once kissed her on the lips and suggested a game of strip poker on a private jet.
Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, said Mr Cuomo asked if she ever had sex with older men and made other comments she interpreted as gauging her interest in an affair.
Another woman, who did not work for the state, described Mr Cuomo putting his hands on her face and asking if he could kiss her after they met at a wedding.
Last week, Mr Cuomo denied ever touching anyone inappropriately but apologised for behaving in a way that he now realised had upset women he worked with.
He said he had made jokes and asked personal questions in an attempt to be playful and he frequently greeted people with hugs and kisses, as his father, Mario Cuomo, had done when he was Governor.
“I understand sensitivities have changed … behaviour has changed,” said Mr Cuomo, who refused to step down as Governor.
New York’s Attorney-General plans to hire an outside law firm to investigate the sexual harassment allegations.
Some politicians have called for Mr Cuomo to resign over his workplace behaviour and separate allegations that his administration provided misleading information about coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.