NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently the subject of multiple investigations and calls to resign over nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic and allegations of sexual and workplace harassment.
Here is a timeline of the claims against the governor and his administration:
Dec. 13, 2020 — Former aide Lindsey Boylan accuses Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment in a series of tweets. Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, wrote the governor “sexually harassed me for years,” adding “I know I’m not the only one.”
Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.
I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) December 13, 2020
Dec. 14 — The governor addresses Boylan’s tweets during a press briefing, telling reporters they “were simply not true.”
Watch: Gov. Cuomo Addresses Former Aide’s Sexual Harassment Allegations
Jan. 29 — Cuomo and health officials respond, saying they separated nursing home deaths from nursing home residents who died at hospitals because of concerns about double counting, but insist the total number of deaths was always accurate.
Feb. 12 — Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa comes under fire after telling Democratic lawmakers the administration delayed responding to a request for nursing home data in August because they feared it would be “used against us” by then-President Donald Trump.
New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim was on the call and spoke out about DeRosa’s comments, saying “you can’t hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process.”
Feb. 15 — The governor holds a press conference, taking responsibility for the “void” of information on nursing home deaths but insisting there was no cover-up.
Watch: Gov. Cuomo Addresses Nursing Home Allegations
Feb. 17 — Cuomo attacks Kim, alleging he “acted unethically, if not illegally” and took political donations from nail salons while working on legislation that was supposed to crack down on salon abuses.
“The governor can smear me all he wants in an effort to distract us from his fatally incompetent management. But these facts are not going away,” Kim responded.
Feb. 18 — Kim comes forward with allegations that Cuomo “berated” and threatened him to keep quiet.
A top Cuomo aide accuses Kim of lying, saying it’s “part of a years-long pattern of lies.”
Feb. 24 — Former Cuomo staffer Karen Hinton brings forward allegations of bullying against the governor.
“He made me feel as if I were no good at my job and thus totally dependent on him to keep it,” Hinton said. “Working for him is like a 1950s version of marriage. He always, always, always comes first. Everyone and everything else — your actual spouse, your children, your own career goals — is secondary. Your focus 24 hours a day is on him.”
Boylan shares more details about her sexual harassment claims, saying Cuomo once said, “Let’s play strip poker,” on a flight in 2017 and kissed her on the lips at his New York City offices in 2018.
The governor’s team once again disputed her story, releasing flight manifests and statements from other aides who said the conversation “did not happen.”
Feb. 27 — Former aide Charlotte Bennett comes forward with another sexual harassment claim against the governor. She alleges to the The New York Times he asked her “numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, and had said that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s.”
Feb. 28 — Cuomo agrees to Attorney General James’ demand for the power to appoint an independent investigator to look into the allegations.
He also releases a lengthy statement addressing the mounting claims:
“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office.
“I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.
“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.
“That‘s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.
“Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”
March 1 — Anna Ruch shares another sexual harassment allegation from a 2019 wedding. She told The New York Times the governor touched her bare lower back, and she moved his hand away. She said he then placed his hands on her faced and asked to kiss her. She said she pulled away, but not before he kissed her cheek.
March 3 — Amid growing pressure to resign, Cuomo publicly apologizes for making “people feel uncomfortable,” but insists he “never touched anyone inappropriately.” He asks the public to be patient with the investigation and says he will not step down.
Watch: Gov. Cuomo Apologizes, Says He Will Not Step Down
March 4 — In exclusive interview, Bennett tells CBS Evening News Anchor Norah O’Donnell she believes the governor was propositioning her for sex and even asked her about being a sexual assault survivor.
March 5 — The New York State Legislature votes to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers.
“I’m not claiming sexual harassment, per se. I’m just saying that it wasn’t a safe space for young women to work, or for women in general,” she told The Wall Street Journal.
March 9 — The Albany Times Union reports another sexual harassment allegation from an unnamed former aide. She claims the governor called her to the executive mansion under the pretense of helping him with a cellphone and then “reached under her blouse and began to fondle her.”
Cuomo denies the report, saying, “I have never done anything like this,” and calls the details “gut-wrenching.”
March 11 — The governor’s lawyer refers the latest allegation to Albany Police, saying it’s state policy since the woman did not want to file charges.
March 12 — Several members of New York’s Congressional delegation join the calls for Cuomo to resign. He says their demands to resign without an outside investigation are “reckless and dangerous.”
Watch: Gov. Cuomo Says Calls For His Resignation Are ‘Reckless And Dangerous’
March 15 — Bennett spends four hours meeting with investigators.
March 17 — Cuomo gets vaccinated at a Harlem church, as controversy erupts over the law firm chosen to conduct the Assembly’s investigation.
March 19 — An eighth accuser comes forward. The New York Times reports that current Cuomo aide Alyssa McGrath accused the governor of ogling her body, remarking on her looks and making suggestive comments to her and another woman in his office.
March 20 — Boylan speaks out publicly for the first time during a rally calling for Cuomo’s impeachment.
March 21 — Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz, discusses allegations of witness tampering in an exclusive interview with CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer.
March 24 — New reports allege the governor prioritized COVID testing for his family and close connections when tests were hard to come by early in the pandemic.
March 25 — Grieving families gather to mark one year since the Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients released from the hospital.
March 29 — Sherry Vill, 55, comes forward claiming the governor kissed her without her consent in front of her family’s home in May 2017.
April 7 — The unnamed former aide who accused Cuomo of groping her at the executive mansion shares more details of her allegations with the Albany Times Union.
April 19 — New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli asked Attorney General Letitia James to launch a potential criminal investigation into whether Cuomo used state resources to write and promote his book on leadership in the COVID pandemic.
May 17 — Cuomo’s office releases his 2020 tax returns, which show the governor stands to earn $5 million from a controversial memoir that was written during the pandemic.