Sooooo Governor Andrew Cuomo admits in a statement that he may have played too much at work. The Governor said he made jokes and he has teased people about their personal lives while on the job. He also said some of the interactions could of left individuals feeling uncomfortable.
Cuomo said his intention was never to “offend anyone or cause any harm”. Before we get to his statement I just want to say when are we going to learn? If you are in a position of power, a public figure, a politician, a CEO, etc. there have to be boundaries especially today. 10 years ago you could get away with “playing too much” or being “playful” but not today.
Actually, 10 years ago people got away with a lot more in terms of sexual harassment. We have come a long way and when you are at work or as a general practice in a professional setting just stay away from being “playful”. Now if you are a pervert then, well, what you give is what you will get.
Here is the statement Gov. Andrew Cuomo Released regarding the allegations of sexual harassment.
“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office.
“I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.
“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.
“That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.
“Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”