New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.
Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."
What he's saying: Cuomo told reporters at a COVID briefing that giving hugs and kisses is his "usual and customary way of greeting" both men and women, and stressed that he "certainly never ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain."
- "This is what I want you to know, from me directly, I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never touched anyone inappropriately," Cuomo said.
- "I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general's report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion."