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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating a new anti-sexual harassment policy for state and local government officials as part of the state budget. But several victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the Legislature have come forward with a letter asking that the issue be taken out of the budget.

The letter is signed by sexual harassment victims of former Assembly members Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner, as well as a woman who accuses Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein of forcibly kissing her, something Klein denies.

It’s just over a week until the state budget is due, and there’s no resolution on an array of proposed new taxes and spending proposals, as well as several unrelated items that are tied to the budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been holding private leaders meetings on the budget at the executive mansion.

“This week is about getting a state budget done,” Cuomo said, “which is one of the most serious state budgets we’ve had to deal with.”

But he took a day off to give several storm briefings in New York City and its suburbs, where more than a foot of snow was expected.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since challenger Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy, dismissed two days of attacks as the “political silly season.”

Nixon has laid out a case against Cuomo, claiming his administration is corrupt and he is beholden to corporate campaign donors and condones Republican control of the state Senate.

Cuomo was asked about the charges during a storm briefing in New York City.

New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure. 

The Child Victims Act, backed by Cuomo, extends the statute of limitations for  victims of childhood sexual abuse from age 23 to age 50. It also includes a one-year lookback window of opportunity for victims of any age to bring their alleged abusers to court.

Nixon campaign

Cynthia Nixon, candidate for governor of New York, delivered a blistering speech Tuesday against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who she hopes to challenge in a Democratic primary. She was immediately criticized by a Cuomo ally, who questioned Nixon’s qualifications in a controversial remark.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Actor and public education advocate Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign for governor of New York  Monday. She wants to run in a Democratic primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.  

Nixon made her announcement in a video that shows her with her wife and children in her home, and on the streets of New York, taking her child to school and riding the subway.  

“New York is my home,” Nixon said in the video, saying she grew up with her mom, a single mother, in a fifth floor walkup.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.

Karen DeWitt

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse delivered an emotional appeal to state senators Wednesday after they learned that the Senate did not put the Child Victims Act into their budget plan. The measure would offer more opportunities for survivors to gain justice in the court system.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke publicly for the first time since his former closest aide was convicted of running two bribery schemes while working for the governor and managing Cuomo’s re-election campaign.

Cuomo said he respects the jury’s decision, but feels personally sad over the conviction of Joe Percoco, a man he has referred to as his “brother.”

“He has two young daughters who are going to have to live with this trauma,” Cuomo said during questions from reporters at an unrelated event in New York City.

But the governor said Percoco acted on his own.

New York Now-WMHT

  

A federal jury found Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco guilty on three counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit honest service fraud in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday.

Percoco, who has been described as being like a “brother” to the governor, was found guilty of participating in two bribery schemes, where he netted nearly $300,000. 

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