NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo received two shots in the arm: the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and support from the African-American community in Harlem.
The governor visited a pop-up vaccination site at Mount Neboh Baptist Church. Several leaders, including former Congressman Charlie Rangel, defended him.
Several investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct continue. One of the governor’s accusers, former aide Ana Liss, was interviewed for several hours on Thursday by outside investigators conducting the investigation into accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo.
Liss came forward earlier this month after former aides Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, saying she believes their sstories. Liss has already said the governor's office was a toxic, hostile, inappropriate workplace for young women.
Also on Thursday, Valierie Bauman spoke out on Twitter about her work experience covering politics as a news reporter. According to Bauman, 10 years ago, whne she was 25 and Cuomo was 53 and the state's attorney general, during interviews Cuomo would often ask her random personal questions.
"It felt like he was flirting with me, and I think that's because he was," Bauman said. "It was embarrassing and uncomfortable."
Soon after her first encounter with then-attorney general Cuomo, Bauman says that a member of his staff called her at work "and asked me if I had any interest in working for the attorney general's office."
Bauman said she declined, however her experience mirrors similar alleged experiences by multiple Cuomo aides who say he often met them at events and within a few days had staff track them down and offer them a job.
The state Assembly is conducting its own investigation, although not without controversy. A law firm that employed a man named Dennis Glazer for more than 30 years is leading the probe. Glazer, who no longer works at the firm, is married to New York’s chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who could serve on the jury at an impeachment trial for the governor.
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Critics have questioned how the Assembly investigation can be impartial with such ties to the governor.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie promises the investigation will be thorough and expeditious.