Radiating defiance of the allegations against him and disdain for the people making them, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced the media in person Monday for the first time since mid-December.
Cuomo was first asked about sexual harassment charges leveled by numerous women against him and then about a New York Times report alleging he had made disparaging remarks about Jewish and transgender people.
When he denied doing anything wrong, a reporter asked why all of his accusers would lie.
“People say a lot of things in politics,” Cuomo said. “That’s, why do people say things? People are venial, people want attention, people are angry, people are jealous. Who knows why people spread rumors?”
The governor, who had not appeared in person before the media in either New York City or the state capital of Albany for months, broke his string before about a dozen media representatives while in Syracuse to