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tv   New York Governor Holds News Conference  CSPAN  August 3, 2021 1:00pm-1:19pm EDT

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they differ? what did they leave out? >> both would do a lot of good in creating a statutory framework for any relationship between states and the federal government to fund higher education. that is critical as the policy goals they are looking to achieve.
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>> that document is available on my website. the facts and decide for yourself. first, i want you to know directly from me that i never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. i am 63 years old. i have lived my entire adult life in public view. that is just not who i am. and, that is not who i have ever been. there is one complaint that has been made that bothered me the most. that was the complaint made by a
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young woman, charlotte bennett, who worked in my office. and, it is important to me that you fully understand the situation. charlotte worked in my office last year as an assistant. she was smart, talented and eager to learn. she identified herself to me as a survivor of sexual assault. she said she came to work in my administration because of all the progress we have made in fighting sexual assault. she talked about the personal trauma that she endured and how she was handling it. i can see how it affected her. i could see her pain. people now ask me why was i even talking to this young woman? if i knew she was dealing with such issues? why did i even engage with her? that is the obvious and fair question.
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and, when i have thought a lot about. the truth is, her story resonated deeply with me. i had heard the same story before. with the same ugliness, the same injustice, the same damage. not only had i heard the story before, i had lived with the story before. my own family member, is a survivor of sexual soldan high school. i have watched her live and suffer with the trauma. i would do anything to make it go away for her. but, it never really goes away. i spent countless days and nights working through these issues with her and therapists and counselors. i am the governor of the state of new york but i felt powerless to help.
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and felt that i had failed her. i could not take the pain away. i still can't. this young woman brought it all back. she is about the same age. i thought i had learned a lot about the issue from my families experience. i thought i could help her work through a difficult time. i did ask her questions i don't normally ask people. i did ask her how she was doing and how she was feeling. and, i did ask questions to try to see if she had positive supportive dating relationships. i know too well the damage that trauma can do in the aftermath. i was trying to make sure she was working her way through the best she could. i thought i had learned enough
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and had enough personal experience to help her. but, i was wrong. i have hurt charlotte -- i have heard charlotte and her lawyer and understand what they are saying. but to read into comments i made and draw inferences that i never made. they ascribe motives i never had. and, simply put, they hurt -- they heard things i did not say. charlotte, i want you to know that i am truly and deeply sorry. i brought my personal experience into the workplace. and, i should not have done that. i was trying to help. obviously i did not. i am even more sorry that i further complicated the situation. my goal was the exact opposite.
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i wish nothing but good for you and all survivors of sexual assault. there is another complaint i want to address from a woman in my office who said i groped her in my home office. let me be clear. that never happened. she wants anonymity and i respect that so i am limited of what i can say. but, her lawyer has suggested she would file a legal claim for damages. that will be decided in a court of law. trial by newspaper or biased reviews are not the way to find the facts in this matter. i welcome the opportunity for a fair review before a judge and jury. because this just did not happen. other complaints race against me, questions that have unfairly
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characterized and weaponized everyday interactions that i have had with any number of new yorkers. the new york times published a front-page picture of me touching a woman's face at a wedding. and, kissing her on the cheek. that is not front-page news. i have been making the same gesture and public all of my life. i actually learned it from my mother and my father. it is meant to convey warmth. nothing more. indeed, there were hundreds if not thousands of photos of me using the exact same gesture. i do it with everyone. black and white young and old,
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straight and lgbtq, powerful people. friends. strangers. people who i meet on the street. after the event the woman told the press she took offense at the gesture and for that i apologize. another woman stated that i kissed her on the forehead at our christmas party and that i said ciao bella. i don't member doing it but i'm sure that i did. i do kiss people on the forehead. i do kiss people on the cheek. i do kiss people on the hand. i do hug people. men and women. i do, on occasion, say ciao bella. on occasion, i do slip and say
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sweetheart or darling or honey. i do banter with people. i do tell jokes. some better than others. i am the same person in public as i am in private. you've seen me do it on tv for all my briefings and for four years before that. i try to put people at ease. i try to make them smile. i try to connect with them. and, i try to show my appreciation and friendship. i now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that frankly i had not fully appreciated. and, i have learned from this. the state already has an
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advanced sexual harassment training program for all employees, including me. but i want us to be a model of office behavior. i have brought in the expert -- brought in an expert to design a new policy and procedures. and to turn the whole team. i accept responsibility. and we are making changes. other complaints relate to the work environment. now, i have always said my office is a demanding place to work. and, it is not for everyone. we work really hard. my office is no typical 9-to-5 government office. and i don't want it to be. the stakes we deal with are very high. sometimes even life-and-death. we have to get the job done. i promise you that i would.
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and i will. but, now, a number of complaints target female managers which smacks to me of a double standard. first, when have you ever seen male managers maligned and villain eyes for working long hours or holding people accountable or for being tough? a stronger, male manager is respected and rewarded. but, a strong female manager is ridiculed and stereotyped. it is a double standard. it is sexist. and, it must be challenged. also, remember where we are. today, we are living in the superheated, if not toxic political environment.
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that should not be lost on anyone. politics and bias are interwoven throughout every aspect of this situation. one would be naïve to think otherwise. and, new yorkers are not naïve. i understand these dynamics. my father used to say, god rest his soul, that politics is an ugly business. as usual, he was right. but, for my father and for me, it is worth it. because, despite it all, at the end of the day we get good things done for people. that is what really matters. for those using this moment to score political points or seek publicity or political gain, i said you actually discredit the
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harassment victims the law was designed to detect. my last point is this, i say to my daughters all the time, as complicated as life gets is a simple as life is. my job is not about me. my job is about you. what matters to me at the end of the day is getting the most done i can for you. and, that is what i do. every day. and, i will not be distracted from that job. we have a lot to do. we still have to manage the covid beast. it is not dead yet. it is not over. we then have to reopen and reimagine our state. because our future is going to be what we make it. i know we can do these things. because i know the strength and character of new yorkers. look at the progress we made on
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covid. it is amazing. we went from the highest infection rate in the country to one of the lowest infection rates in the country. nobody thought we could do it but new yorkers did. that shows there is nothing we can't do. when we work together. together, together as one. as one community. as one family. as new yorkers. we will. thank you. over the past several months >> bloomberg news congressional reporter billy house is reporting a three some of new york democratic congress members jointly state that cuomo should resign. it is time for governor andrew cuomo to do the right thing for the people of new york state and resign. earlier, senator gillibrand told reporters the same thing.
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we will show you the new york attorney general's briefing on this matter later in our program schedule. >> president biden is expected to make remarks this afternoon on the progress of vaccination efforts and the federal response to the covid-19 pandemic. from the east room of the white house, he is expected to get underway at 3:45 eastern. we will have his comments available online at you can listen and live with the free c-span radio app. >> sunday, c-span's series, january 6, views from the house, continues. three more members of congress share stories of what they saw, heard and experienced that day. including texas republican ronny jackson who recounts what happened in the early moments on the house floor. >> i don't know how far we got into it. i thought like five people were
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speaking. going back-and-forth with the democrats and republicans alternating. nancy pelosi was at the podium. she was kind of overseeing it all. at some point, i didn't really notice but they pulled her away and somebody came in to replace her. i did not really pick up on that. that happens now and then anyways. that didn't really catch my attention. what did catch my attention was shortly after that, the capitol police officer started coming into the chamber. the thing that was odd as they were being very loud. we were actively debated. there was a lot of commotion. the doors to the chamber are typically open and all the doors, they started shutting the doors. you could hear them locking, click, click, click. doors locking. then i noticed several of them were standing inside the doors with their weapons out. i was like what is going on.
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>> this week, you will also hear from akeem jeffries of new york. january 6, views from the house. sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, or on the c-span radio app. >> in june, robert gottlieb, a man who has been the final editor of all of robert caro's books wrote an essay. the focus was on john gunther. and the 900 page book he wrote 75 years ago called inside usa. in gottlieb's opinion, gunther was probably the best reporter america ever had. we wanted to find out more about this publishing success story so we called canadian freelance writer can comfort sent to talk
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