Mr. Cuomo’s advisers have accused Ms. James, a fellow Democrat, of “political self-interest,” saying that she desires to run for governor, and have argued that any workers that labored on the ebook did in order volunteers. On Monday, nonetheless, Mr. Cuomo mentioned his administration didn’t have any documentation displaying that workers opted in to do such volunteer work.
“I didn’t have them signal a volunteer type if that’s what you’re asking,” the governor mentioned. “The query is did they volunteer. And I’m saying sure, they volunteered.”
On the problem of nursing houses, too, Mr. Cuomo characterised such inquiries as politically motivated, citing a 2020 inquiry by the Trump Division of Justice. He didn’t handle a probe by the Japanese District of New York that was initiated after President Biden was sworn in.
Despite the fact that many of the state’s Democratic leaders known as on Mr. Cuomo to resign within the wake of sexual misconduct — together with printed studies accusing him of groping the breast of a much-younger feminine aide on the Government Mansion — he has refused to contemplate stepping down, a place he reiterated on Monday. Mr. Cuomo has beforehand mentioned he has by no means “touched anyone inappropriately.”
Polls have proven a continued erosion in assist for Mr. Cuomo, who has mentioned he desires to hunt a fourth time period subsequent 12 months. Greater than half of the registered voters who had been polled would reasonably assist a distinct candidate in 2022, in accordance with a current Siena Faculty ballot, regardless that a slim majority of residents in closely Democratic New York nonetheless are not looking for him to right away resign.
After a document $212 billion state finances was handed in early April, the governor had seemingly begun to seek out his political rhythm over the past week, showing at an occasion alongside the Senate majority chief, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who has known as on him to resign. (Ms. Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat, has since reiterated that she desires the governor to resign.)
His public-facing technique to regulate his information conferences has additionally included a gentle dose of fine information, corresponding to new vaccination websites and loosening of virus-based restrictions.