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Upstate woman said Gov. Cuomo forced a kiss on her cheek

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Governor Cuomo's lawyer, Rita Glavin, released a statement Monday afternoon following another person that came forward and accused the governor of grabbing her face and kissing her.

The full statement is posted below:

“During times of crisis, the Governor has frequently sought to comfort New Yorkers with hugs and kisses. As I have said before, the Governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past forty years. I encourage everyone to look at other photographs from his visit to Greece, NY that day. Nothing described at today's press conference was unique in that regard. Three other related points concerning Gloria Allred's press conference: (1) the July 19, 2017 letter from the Governor that Ms. Allred displayed was a nearly identical follow-up form letter sent to more than 30 people that the Governor visited to support and assist following the Lake Ontario flooding, and those form letters were signed with an autopen; (2) it is a practice of the Governor’s office to send signed photos to people he meets with after events, and those photos are regularly signed with an autopen; (3) it is common for staffers to contact constituents after events and invite them to a future event on a related topic.”

Glavin included a link to the governor's Flickr page with the statement.



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York woman said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her cheek at her home during a visit to inspect area flood damage, becoming the latest woman to accuse the embattled governor of inappropriate behavior.

Sherry Vill made the allegations Monday during a Zoom news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, describing a spring 2017 visit to her Rochester-area home after flooding near Lake Ontario.

There was no immediate comment from the Cuomo administration.

A series of women, some who worked for Cuomo, have accused the Democrat of sexual misconduct.

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