Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday continued to insist he had done nothing wrong amid a cascade of investigations stemming from allegations of sexual harassment, the disclosure of nursing home fatalities during the pandemic and other controversies that have engulfed the third year of his third term.
And Cuomo also insisted Monday that, as these investigations threaten his future in elected office, he will not step down.
"I've already told New Yorkers where I am," Cuomo said at a news conference announcing a broad loosening of pandemic-related restrictions later this month. "I did nothing wrong, period. I'm not resigning and I'm doing my job every day."
Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by multiple women, including one allegation of sexual assault at the Executive Mansion. His administration has also faced ongoing scrutiny over the reporting of nursing home resident COVID fatalities and where those deaths occurred during the pandemic.
He is facing ongoing questions over a reported $4 million deal to write a memoir about the pandemic as well.
These issues, including questions surrounding the construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, are now the subject of an Assembly impeachment investigation. Cuomo in all instances has denied any wrongdoing.
On Monday, Cuomo blamed the Trump administration for launching the initial inquiry into nursing home deaths, pointing the Department of Justice asking for records from states led by Democratic governors, including New York, New Jersey and Michigan.
"That was a political investigation started by Donald Trump who started to politicize not just COVID, but nursing homes," Cuomo said. "They were a political Department of Justice, there's no doubt about that."
Cuomo is also facing probes from Attorney General Letitia James's office related to government officials helping him write the memoir last year as well the sexual harassment allegations. Cuomo and his allies have urged lawmakers to allow James to complete the review as many of his fellow Democrats have called for his resignation.
"I'm not telling anyone to have faith in anything. Everyone makes their own decisions. Let the reviews go on and then I'll comment at the appropriate time," Cuomo said, adding, "I say let the reviews continue and then we'll take it from there."
It's not yet clear how much Cuomo has earned from the book deal with Crown Publishing to release American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cuomo had previously said he would donate a portion of the profits to a COVID-related charity.
For now, Cuomo is not disclosing the number, but it will be reflected when he releases his 2020 tax returns later this month.
"I have released my tax returns every year when I release my tax returns," he said Monday. "I release them when my tax returns are done."