Cuomo Tells Female Reporter She’s Doing ‘Disservice to Women’ by Asking About Fmr. Aide’s Alleged Sexual Harassment


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) brushed off a reporter's question about sexual harassment in state government, accusing her of doing a "disservice to women."

During a Wednesday press conference, NYS Public Radio's Karen DeWitt asked the Democrat about former aide Sam Hoyt, who resigned in October after being accused of paying hush money after sleeping with a coworker and was later sued by a second woman for sexual harassment.

"You did have [harassment] going on within your own administration allegedly, with Sam Hoyt. What could you do differently to kind of pick up on that?" she asked Cuomo.

"You have it going on in journalism," he shot back. "What are you going to do differently?"

DeWitt tried to get the conversation back to state government, but Cuomo protested. "No, it’s about you and journalism, and it’s about you and journalism, and it’s about state government, and it’s about carpentry—"

"Is your administration going to do anything differently, to maybe be a bit more aware?" asked DeWitt.

Cuomo promised to institute "policies in state government" without offering specifics.

"When you say ‘it’s state government,’ you do a disservice to women, with all due respect, even though you’re a woman," he said. "It’s not government. It's society."

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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