ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An woman in New York state says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her cheek during a visit to inspect local flood damage, becoming the latest woman to accuse the embattled governor of inappropriate behavior.
Sherry Vill made the allegations during a Zoom news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, describing a spring 2017 visit to her Rochester-area home after flooding in the area. She says Cuomo kissed both her cheeks in front of family members in what she felt was a “highly sexual manner.”
Then, Vill said, the governor “stopped and turned to me and said, ‘You are beautiful.’” He then inspected the damage with his staff, took Vill’s hand and kissed her cheek again outside her home.
The governor’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, said in statement yesterday evening that Cuomo “has frequently sought to comfort New Yorkers with hugs and kisses” during crises.
Cuomo denies touching anyone inappropriately but has said he’s sorry if he made anyone uncomfortable.
Photo: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo waves goodbye as he departs an event at the new Settlement Community Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Friday, March 26, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Pool Photo via AP)