(Reuters) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, accused of sexually harassing multiple women in a New York attorney general report released Tuesday, has had a four-decade American political career. Here is a timeline of key life events.
Dec.6, 1957 – Andrew Cuomo born in New York to parents Mario Cuomo and Matilda Raffa Cuomo.
November 1982 – With his son Andrew as senior campaign adviser, Democrat Mario Cuomo is elected for the first of three terms as governor of New York.
January 1997 – Andrew Cuomo becomes US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton.
September 2002 – After Carl McCall in the polls, Cuomo retired from the Democratic primary for governor of New York state a week before the election.
November 2006 – Elected Attorney General of New York.
November 2010 – Elected for the first term of governor.
November 2014 – Elected for a second term as governor.
November 2018 – Elected for a third term as governor.
Mid-2020 – Becomes national leader on issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, holding detailed press conferences at a time when President Donald Trump was playing down the pandemic.
December 13, 2020 – Former assistant Lindsey Boylan accuses Cuomo with a thread on Twitter. “Yes, @NYGovCuomo has sexually harassed me for years. Many have seen and watched it,” she tweeted. The tweets receive some media coverage but do not become a major national story. The investigation later concludes that Cuomo’s senior aides unlawfully retaliated against Boylan by leaking confidential files about him to the press and writing an editorial about the attacker that was shared among senior executives.
February 2021 – Cuomo’s disgrace escalates when Boylan and another former aide accuse the governor of sexually harassing them. Boylan posts an essay on the Web platform Medium accusing Cuomo of several inappropriate gestures towards her while working for the state government from 2015 to 2018. A second former assistant, Charlotte Bennett, told The New York Times that Cuomo had asked him inappropriate questions about his sex life. .
February 27 – Cuomo calls for a “full and thorough review” led by a former federal judge of his choosing.
February 28 – After Cuomo’s office joins, New York Attorney General Letitia James announces that her office will hire and replace outside lawyers to investigate.
March 1 – A third woman shows up with accusations of inappropriate behavior in an interview with The New York Times.
March 2 – Cuomo’s support among the party’s main leaders begins to crack when US Senator Charles Schumer from New York calls the allegations against Cuomo “serious, very disturbing.”
March 3 – Cuomo vows to cooperate with the investigation and apologizes for his behavior, but says he has never touched anyone inappropriately and “I’m not going to resign.”
March 6 – Two other women accuse Cuomo of inappropriate behavior in interviews published in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Other accusations follow.
March 11 – More than 55 New York Democratic lawmakers sign a letter calling on Cuomo to step down and the Speaker of the Assembly approves an impeachment inquiry.
March 12 – Other Democrats in New York, including U.S. Senators Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, call on Cuomo to step down.
March 16 – President Joe Biden says Cuomo should step down if the allegations against him are confirmed by the investigation.
July 17 – Cuomo sits for a combative 11-hour deposition in which he is questioned under oath by the two principal investigators, reports the New York Times.
August 3 – James announces that independent investigators, former prosecutor Joon Kim and employment lawyer Anne Clark, have concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed several women, including former and current state employees, by indulging in unwanted fumbling, kissing and hugging, and making inappropriate comments. The investigation also reveals that Cuomo’s office fostered a “toxic” workplace that allowed “harassment and created a hostile work environment.” Investigators interview 179 people and examine more than 74,000 documents, emails, texts and images, James says.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Howard Goller)
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