NY state legislature votes on taking away Gov. Cuomo’s emergency power

The move comes as the governor faces scrutiny for allegedly failing to accurately report nursing home deaths and for being accused of sexual harassment by three women.
2:32 | 03/06/21

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Transcript for NY state legislature votes on taking away Gov. Cuomo’s emergency power
voting to limit governor Cuomo's pandemic emergency powers. The move comes as the governor faces scrutiny over reporting of nursing home deaths and allegations of sexual harassment. ABC's Stephanie Ramos has the latest including one of the governor's accusers speaking out. Reporte this morning, we're hearing more from one of the women accusing New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett telling CBS news the governor asked her about her sex life last June while at work. The former aide says she reported the incident to Cuomo's chief of staff and chief counsel. She says she was then transferred to another department leaving the administration in November. It felt to me like if I got a new job, we didn't have to investigate this and I really did not want it to be investigated. I was terrified. Reporter: Bennett claims the governor told her he was lonely. He wanted a girlfriend. I thought, he's trying to sleep with me. Reporter: Cuomo says Bennett misinterpreted him, denying the accusations by Bennett and two other women who have also come forward. Bennett also says the governor did not take a state-mandated sexual harassment training course in 2019 despite the governor saying he did earlier this week. I was there. I heard Stephanie say, I can't believe I'm doing this for you and making a joke about the fact that she was completing the training for him. Reporter: That aide to the governor, Stephanie Benton, denies that claim. The state attorney general's office is overseeing the investigation into those allegations. Cuomo is already under federal investigation for his administration's handling of covid deaths at nursing homes early in the pandemic. "The New York Times" and "The Wall Street journal" both reporting the governor's aides rewrote a report dealing with a number of nursing home deaths that resulted in an undercount. The governor's office saying they could not confirm that those numbers had been adequately verified. This as the New York state legislature votes to rescind some of Cuomo's emergency coronavirus powers that he was granted to handle the covid outbreak in the state. If I were governor Cuomo I would still stay visible because he still has to do his job. He has to convince people through the power of stubbornness that nobody is getting rid of him. But I would do fewer news conferences because the likelihood is every news conference will be used to bludgeon him. The press is no longer being passive, they're being aggressive. Reporter: I'm Stephanie Ramos

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