Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul ducked questions Friday about the spiraling sexual harassment scandal engulfing Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and why he didn’t show up for the long-awaited reopening of Coney Island’s amusement parks.
Hochul initially refused to respond when asked to comment during an appearance at Brooklyn famed fun spots, which were shuttered last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Hochul finally relented following a barrage of inquiries, including whether she had “anything to say to the women of New York” about the escalating allegations against Cuomo.
“I’ll tell you there are investigations underway at this time,” she said.
“I’m here to show to the world that New York City is back. We are here at Coney Island. But there are a lot of answers that will be resolved in the impending months with a number of investigations underway, so I’m gonna leave it at that.”
Hochul, who’s from Buffalo, ignored a question about why she apparently traveled to the Big Apple to fill in for Cuomo, a New York City native, during Friday’s event.
Cuomo hasn’t appeared in public since the Albany Times Union on Wednesday published a report in which an unidentified female assistant detailed a November incident during which he allegedly groped her inside his office in Albany’s Executive Mansion.
The woman said that Cuomo, 63, slammed the door shut, then put his hand under her blouse and grabbed one of her breasts over her bra.
“He came right back and pulled me close and all I remember is seeing his hand, his big hand,” she said.
“I remember looking down like, ‘Holy sh–.’”
The allegations are the most serious among those made by several dozen women, including many former and current aides, who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.
Outside lawyers hired by state Attorney General Letitia James are investigating the various complaints, which are also part of an impeachment probe by the state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
If Cuomo were impeached by the Assembly, Hochul would automatically become acting governor pending a trial by the state Senate and the judges of the state Court of Appeals.