Cuomo’s downfall


Hans Pennink

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses a crowd at a fire station.

With great power comes great responsibility, and with scandal after scandal, Governor Andrew Cuomo has violated his responsibility. The hot water Cuomo has landed in seems to have come after months of a seemingly good period with the public after being hailed as a hero for his hands-on response to COVID. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And just maybe Governor Cuomo’s career is coming to a crash and burn end that every politician fears.

After reports of improperly reporting the number of nursing home casualties, we saw Cuomo go from sitting cozily on a pedestal to standing on a layer of thin ice. It was reported that 172,000 care patients died from COVID or related complications, but even with this alarming rate of fatalities, Cuomo still gave approval for these care homes to accept discharged hospital COVID patients. The man who had worked day and night to aid us through stormy waters ended up cutting corners, costing thousands of lives.

The beginning of March brought yet another hit to the reputation of Andrew Cuomo when a former aide named Lindsey Boylan came out with allegations that the Governor attempted to forcibly kiss her. Boylan stated that he also propositioned her for several different inappropriate acts.

After Boylan went public with her claims, other women have begun to come forward with alleged experiences of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by Cuomo. An anonymous report published by The Times Union exposed another alleged instance of misconduct, where an executive mansion aide claimed that Cuomo inappropriately touched her without consent.

Of the four other victims, the allegations against Cuomo range from inappropriate comments to non-consensual touching, with one instance being photographed. As of now, Governor Cuomo denies all allegations against him. “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,” Cuomo said in a statement to the press.

While the first part of his statement follows the usual script of denying everything while adding in a sprinkle of sensitivity, the statement continued by explaining that at work he acts in ways or makes jokes that he may perceive as funny.

In response, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that an investigation into both the misconduct and allegations against Andrew Cuomo is currently underway.