In an exclusive interview with CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer, she said that the increasing number of women coming to work indicated the governor needed psychiatric advice.
A “We support Cuomo” banner flew over the Hudson River as the governor, once again, sought support from members of the African-American community with an immunization event at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. But Debra Katz, lawyer for Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett says the kind of support the governor needs can only come from visiting a shrinking person.
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“Yes. He needs counseling. If he can’t understand how his behavior has harmed these women, he definitely needs counseling,” Katz said.
Katz points out that, so far, the eight women came openly accuse the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.
“Look who his victim is. Women in their 20s and 30s come to government with a lot of optimism and desire to serve. And he chewed them and spat them out, ”Katz said.
See: Open Interview with Debra Katz, attorney for accusers Cuomo Charlotte Bennett
Katz has sent a letter to Attorney General Letitia James question the governor the decision to conduct a “parallel review” of the fees was done by a woman, who said he groped for her at the executive mansion. She also questioned the governor’s decision to provide legal advice to the staff complaining against him.
“What the governor is doing is classic eyewitness intimidation,” she said. “To know what witnesses are saying to investigators after their interview or ask to go with it is clearly designed to reduce people’s willingness to speak with investigators.
Beth Garvey, the acting governor, said the attorney general was informed about the parallel review and defense of the decision to hire an attorney to represent the staff.
“Employees have been advised that, if they wish to be represented by an attorney in this matter, they can choose to represent the Division by a private or outside attorney.” Garvey said
At Mount Vernon, the governor inaugurated a “roll up the sleeves” program to make churches, synagogues and mosques as vaccination centers.
His words are about COVID, but they can also talk about the predicament he is facing.
“Life will knock you down sometimes,” said Cuomo. “The question is who wakes up and who is smarter to have the experience and who continues to learn from it,” he said.
The governor answered some of the reporters’ questions for the first time in a few days, but he declined to talk about the ongoing investigations.