New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Statement

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Statement

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the following statement:

“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.

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