New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, pushed back on allegations of misconduct towards women that led to him stepping down from office as he outlined New York’s plans to prepare for Hurricane Henri, Saturday (August 21).
On Friday the New York Times reported that Cuomo presented another broad defense of his behavior toward women, trying to impeach the credibility of some of those whom a damning report by New York’s attorney general found he sexually harassed.
Cuomo’s personal lawyer, Rita Glavin, said at a briefing on Friday that the attorney general’s report was riddled with errors and omitted potentially exculpatory evidence, including testimony, photos and documents, that she said contradicted or cast doubt on some of the women’s accounts, The New York Times reported. .
Cuomo resigned on August 10 following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, capping a startling downfall for one of the most prominent politicians in the United States. He will leave office on August 23.
With days left in office Cuomo outlined plans to brace for Hurricane Henri as it threatened to pound the region with fierce winds and heavy rains that could cause “life-threatening” storm surge and flooding, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
As of Saturday afternoon, the storm was gathering strength, packing 75 mph (120 kph) winds while it moved north about 180 miles east of North Carolina. On its current track, Henri was expected to make landfall in Long Island, New York or southern New England on Sunday evening, the center said in an advisory.
More than 42 million people in the region were under a hurricane or tropical storm warning on Saturday, the NHC said.
Parts of Long Island, New York, and New Haven, Connecticut, were under hurricane and storm surge warnings. Other parts of New England, such as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, were under surge and tropical storm watches and warnings.
New York City, the largest city in the U.S., was under a tropical storm warning. Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents in a Twitter post to stay home on Sunday and to use public transportation if they need to travel.
Emergency management officials said heavy rainfall and damaging winds could flood roadways and reduce visibility throughout the weekend.
The center warned Henri could produce storm surges of 3 to 5 feet along the coast in New England, 75 mph or higher wind gusts and rains of 3 to 6 inches with 10 inches in isolated areas.
(Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)