Governor Andrew Cuomo – Teleconference 03/12/2021 – partial transcription

Transcript from Andrew Cuomo’s Teleconference on 03/12/2021 @ 1PM EST. 

Starting point – Cuomo’s final statement at 9:47 in – end of call. 

“As I have said before, and I firmly believe. In my administration is always represented, women have a right to come forward and be heard. And I encourage that, fully. But I also want to be clear, there is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged. Period. I won’t speculate about people’s possible motives but I can tell you as a former, Attorney General, who’s gone through this situation many times, there are often many motivations for making an allegation. And that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision. There are now two reviews on the way. No one wants them to happen more quickly and more thoroughly than I do. Let them do it. I’m not going to argue this issue in the press. That is now how it is done. That is not the way it should be done. Serious allegations should be weighed seriously. Right? That’s why, they are called serious. As I’ve told New Yorkers many times, there are facts and then there are opinions. And I’ve always separated the two. When I do briefings, I put out the facts and then I offer my opinions. But they are two different concepts. Politicians, who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are in my opinion, reckless and dangerous. The people of New York, should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance. That my friends is politics at its worst. Politicians take positions for all sorts of reasons, including political expediency, embowing to pressure. But, people know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. Let the review proceed. I’m not going to resign, I was not elected by the politicians, I was elected by the people. Part of this is because I am not part of the political club. And you know what? I’m proud of it. This is all that I’m going to say on this topic at this time. I made a promise to the people of the state, I have a job to do. I’ve been doing it for 11 years. This is probably the most critical time in the state’s history, everything that I have learned, in the federal government, as attorney general, as governor, I am bringing to the table at this moment. We have a budget due in two weeks for a state that is in fiscal crisis, it will be the most difficult budget we have done. We have to perform 15 million vaccinations. And we have to be ready on May 1 for eligibility for the entire state. Never been done before. And then we have to rebuild out state from the bottom up. Because we have serious issues all across the state, especially in NYC. That is my job. That’s why I was elected. That’s what I am supposed to do. And that is exactly what I’m going to focus on. For the people of the state, look they have known me for 40 years, they elected me Attorney General, they have elected me governor 3x. I have been in the public eye my entire life. My entire life, I have been under public scrutiny since I was 23 years old and ran my father’s campaign.  New Yorkers know me. Wait for the facts. Wait for the facts. Then, you can have an opinion. I am confident that when New Yorkers know the facts from the review, I am confident in the decision based on the facts. But, wait for the facts. An opinion without facts is irresponsible. I’m going to focus on my job because we have real challenges and people who say avoid distractions, I’m going to avoid distractions and I’m going to focus on my job. I have to get a budget done. I have to get vaccinations done. I have to rebuild the state. And I’m going to cooperate and wait for the reviews, so we actually have the facts and we can have an intelligent conversation.”

– Final Statement

Questions:

Andrew Siff – WNBC TV:

First Question: “You say an opinion without facts is irresponsible some of the lawmakers who call for you resignation today include congressman Jerry Nadler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Grace Meng, are you saying that those elected officials are irresponsible?

2. You have said repeatedly that you have never touched anyone inappropriately. Is there a misunderstanding where there is in your mind consensual touching taking place in one or more allegation?

Answer:

I respect any elected official’s right to take a position on anything. But as I said, my way is, know the facts before you have an opinion. ‘Oh this is a serious allegation.’ Well, then you should take it seriously, right? And taking it seriously means, you need the facts before you come to a conclusion. How do you come to a conclusion before you know the facts? ‘Well this person alleged this.’ I was an attorney general, Andrew. A lot of people, allege a lot of things, for a lot of reasons. You never heard me as attorney general go out and talk about an allegation until we were confident that there was a basis and that we’ve reviewed the facts. Any political can take any position on any given day. That’s their right. Do I think it is responsible to take a position on a serious allegation before you know any facts? No. I don’t think it’s responsible. On your second point. It’s very simple, I never harassed anyone, I never abused anyone, I never assaulted anyone, and I never would. Right? Now, is it possible that I have taken a picture with a person, who after the fact says, they were uncomfortable with the pose in the picture? Yes. And that’s what you’re hearing about. Now, I have taken thousands of pictures. I never meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable. I never meant to make anyone feel awkward. There are times I go to take a picture with a person and I can feel they are standoffish or something, and I respect that. I never took a picture with a person who said I’m uncomfortable and did it anyway. But, yes, I apologized for people who I have taken pictures with who after the fact said they were uncomfortable with that picture. 

Morgan McKay – Spectrum News:  

Questions:

At this point many democratic lawmakers those in your party, have lost faith in your ability to lead. At what point would you step down, if an impeachment investigation were to begin, would you resign? Also, what is your current opinion on the launch of the impeachment investigation by the assembly judiciary committee. And then third question for you, why did your administration edit a health report regarding nursing home statistics after it has been submitted by health officials, why did your administration feel they knew more than these health officials?

Answer:

First Morgan, my point is, let’s get the review and then lets get the facts. And then New Yorkers can make a decision once they have facts. You don’t have facts now, you have allegations. ‘Well, why don’t I debate it in the press?’ No, that’s not the way things are done. So I think the assembly and the attorney general, that’s the right way to do it. Do a review, get the facts, tell the facts to the people of the state, and then we  take it from there. On the review, I will ask Beth to respond. But you should know, it’s a common place, where an agency works on a report with the chamber. That is the common operating procedure. It’s not that an agency just does a report and puts it out, then we read about it in the press. Because, there are, in the chamber, you have a variety of expertise, that is the normal operating protocol. But let me ask Beth about the health department.      

David Evans ABC Channel 7

Questions:

I wanted to ask, along the same line of question Andrew asked a second ago, forgive me for being a little blunt but, I think the question a lot of us have is was there some kind of consensual romantic relationship with any of these women that you understood?

Answer:

Dave, my statement could not be clearer, I think. I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone to the extend you get these people to say well, he took a picture with me and was uncomfortable. I apologized for that. I’m sure, I took thousands of pictures, I’m sure you could do this all day long. When we take these pictures, we take them in public Dave, there’s a photographer there. It’s not like they’re done in secret, they’re literally are being photographed. I am in crowds of hundreds of people when we’re taking these pictures. They stand on receiving lines for a long time to take the picture. But what is being alleged simply did not happen, and that’s why you have to wait to get the facts. I’m not going to do it in the press. It’s not the way it should be done. It doesn’t respect anyone’s rights.

Juliet Papa – 1010Wins Radio

Questions:

How you think you can effectively lead amidst the allegations and the calls for your resignation and these growing allegations?

Answer:

Juliet, I have to get a budget done with the legislature in two weeks. They are doing an investigation, and that’s fine and we’re cooperating with the investigation. In the meantime, we’re going to negotiate a budget, in the meantime, I have to do millions of vaccines. And this is not the first time we had to walk and chew gum here, right. We had to fight covid for a year and we had to keep the state running. I’ve even gone through situations in my administration where we had terrible emergencies, and floods and disasters and we had to take care of that. And we had to do everything else at the same time. I had to fight Donald Trump for four years, everyday, and run the state. I’ve had investigations before in the state that went on for years. By federal prosecutors, and continued to operate the state. The assembly has their job to do. They handed it off to a committee, they’re doing their job. Fine. We now have two weeks to do the budget, I have to do the vaccines, and this is how the government works. You handle multiple issues at the same time. And I don’t think there’s a person in a better position to help the state get through this period than the experience I bring to it. This is not going to be an easy budget to do, I’m telling you that right now. This is not going to be easy to get these vaccinations done, I’m telling you right now. So I think I can be of tremendous help and I’m focused on my job. The assembly is focused on their job, the senate is focused on their job. So I’m confident that if everyone does their job, we’ll do the best we can. Now, the budget is hard to get done on time every year, right. And this is probably the hardest budget we’ve ever done. This is also probably the most polarized political climate that we have. You have very different theories within the democratic party right now. You’ve seen it at play nationally, you’ve seen it at play here. That is one of the factors that’s going on. No situation happens in a vacuum. This is a political environment that we are operating on. Politics is part of all of this. But, I just focus on my job. In the meantime, I want to make it clear that what is being alleged did not happen. The last allegation is not true. And, I’ve not had a sexual relationship that was inappropriate, period. OK. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Bye.    

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One thought on “Governor Andrew Cuomo – Teleconference 03/12/2021 – partial transcription

  1. Governor Cuomo should not resign period. Let the investigation run yes course. I believe our governor. I think this is a witch hunt. There are lots of us who will definitely vote him in for a fourth term. Why Democrats always eat their own we’ll never know. DO NOT RESIGN.

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