Ana Liss, 35, (pictured above) previously served as Cuomo’s policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015 but claims he subjected her to sexual misconduct during her time in his administration
A fourth woman has come forward with allegations of inappropriate conduct against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ana Liss, 35, previously served as Cuomo’s policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015.
She told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that during her time in his administration, the governor had subjected her to unsolicited advances.
Liss claims it included asking her if she had a boyfriend, touching her on the lower back during an event reception and kissing her on the hand.
In a statement to the Journal, Cuomo’s senior adviser Rich Azzopardi claimed that Cuomo has acted in the same way that Liss described with hundreds of people during his time as governor.
‘Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures,’ he said.
‘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.’
Liss is the third former Cuomo staffer to make claims of harassment against the governor.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, revealed that Cuomo had questioned her about her sex life and whether she had relationships with older men while Lindsey Boylan revealed in a February Medium post that the governor had tried to kiss her on the lips during a 2017 flight.
A third accuser, Anna Ruch, 33, then came forward telling the NYT that Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her after meeting her at a September 2019 wedding.
A fourth woman has come forward with allegations of inappropriate conduct by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured above)
As Liss’ allegations broke on Saturday night, Cuomo’s other accusers voiced their support.
Bennett tweeted the story while Boylan wrote that she is ‘very proud of Ana Liss’ as she called on Cuomo to ‘resign you disgusting monster’.
‘She is brave and she speaks for me too,’ Boylan said in a tweet. ‘It’s extremely destructive that our boss, the governor of New York, treated us this way’.
Liss has claimed that the alleged advances happened as she was working in her first year in his administration. She sat at a desk near his office in the Executive Chamber of the New York State Capitol in Albany.
While Liss told the Journal that she initially regarded Cuomo’s actions as harmless flirtations, she eventually began to see them as patronizing.
She claimed that they made her feel as if she had been reduced to ‘just a skirt’ instead of a professional.
‘It’s not appropriate, really, in any setting,’ she said. ‘I just wish—I wish that he took me seriously.’
According to Liss and other staffers who spoke to the Journal, Cuomo would often ask about their dating lives and comment on their physical appearance.
They claimed that senior aides also advised that women wear heels when the governor was working from his office in Albany, a claim which Azzopardi denied, stating that no one was compelled to wear heels.
The governor’s last appearance was made on Wednesdaty when he attempted to address the claims made by the first three accusers and claimed that the behaviour he showed the women was customary for him with all people but that he was going to change his habits.
‘I understand that sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed, and I get it. And I’m going to learn from it,’ he said.
Cuomo added that he never touched anybody inappropriately but that he apologized for making the women feel uncomfortable.
‘It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it,’ he said Wednesday. ‘I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed.’
This is a breaking story and will be updated.