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Current Cuomo aide, 33, accuses the embattled governor of sexual harassment: Claims he ogled her, told her she was beautiful in Italian and called her 'mingle mama'

 Another current aide of Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment.

Alyssa McGrath, 33, said the governor, 63, ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring, according to The New York Times.

The New York Times conducted several interviews with McGrath over the past week in which she described the governor's pattern of flirtatious banter. 


She also claimed he looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace, told her that she's beautiful in Italian and kissed her on the forehead during an office Christmas party in 2019. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to McGrath for further information and additional comment. 

McGrath, the eighth woman to have now accused the New York governor of sexual harassment, also recounted another Cuomo accuser describing her own allegations to her, which were detailed by The Times Union of Albany last week.

Alyssa McGrath said Cuomo ogled her body, called her and her co-worker \'mingle mamas\' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring as well as well calling her beautiful in Italian
A lawyer for Cuomo said the governor often uses Italian phrases like \'ciao bella\'

Alyssa McGrath said Cuomo ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring as well calling her beautiful in Italian

She also claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him

She also claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him

The unnamed woman, who was Cuomo's sixth accuser, has claimed Cuomo groped her breast in the Executive Mansion.

'She froze when he started doing that stuff to her,' McGrath told The New York Times.

She added: 'But who are you going to tell?'

McGrath said that the co-worker, with whom she regularly spoke and talked to about interactions with Cuomo, told her that he asked her not to talk about the alleged incident.

'He told her specifically not to tell me,' McGrath said.


An Alyssa McGrath is listed on SeeThroughNY, a database of public employees maintained by the Empire Center, as being a confidential stenographer with a pay rate of $47,000 in 2018. In 2019, she was paid $64,383 as an administrative assistant.

LinkedIn and social media accounts that appear to have been deleted list her as an Executive Assistant in The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and she told the Times that Cuomo's behavior began soon after she was hired in May 2018.

'He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you're his friend,' McGrath told the Times. 

'But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, 'I can't believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York'.' 

McGrath said she was called to Cuomo's office on the second floor of the mansion early in 2019.  

Cuomo asked McGrath if she spoke Italian and then made a comment to her in the language.

McGrath, who does not speak Italian but is of Italian heritage, asked her parents what the phrase meant - and her mother confirmed the incident to the Times. 

'It was commenting on how beautiful I was,' McGrath recalled.

Rita Glavin, a lawyer for Cuomo, responded to McGrath's allegations by admitting he uses Italian phrases like 'ciao bella.'

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him \u2013 she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him – she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium

Anna Ruch, 33, said that Cuomo tried to kiss her at a wedding
Ana Liss, now 35, was an aide to Cuomo and claimed he repeatedly kissed her on the cheek and made her uncomfortable

Anna Ruch (left) and Ana Liss both accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

Karen Hinton, a former press aide, alleged that Cuomo summoned her to his hotel room in 2000
Journalist Jessica Bakeman wrote about sexism and awkward encounters with Cuomo in New York magazine

Karen Hinton (left), a press aide, and Jessica Bakeman accused Cuomo of inappropriate actions

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office in June

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office in June 

'The governor has greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead, or hand. Yes, he has posed for photographs with his arm around them. Yes, he uses Italian phrases like 'ciao bella',' Glavin told the Times on Friday.

McGrath claimed she was later called to the governor's office in the Capitol for a dictation session where she was alone with him.

She told the Times she sat across from the governor and was ready to do her job while waiting for him to start speaking. 

'He didn't start speaking, so I looked up to see what was going on. And he was blatantly looking down my shirt,' McGrath told the Times.

She said that Cuomo asked her what was on her necklace, which was inside her shirt. 

'My face turned really hot,' she said.

McGrath told the Times she detailed this experience at the time with her co-worker and fellow accuser because of an informal policy that prevented them from talking with other people outside the executive chamber. 

'We were told right off the bat, as soon as we walk out of the office or as soon as we walk away from the governor, we were not to say a word about anything to anyone,' she said.

McGrath alleged that Cuomo kissed her forehead during an office Christmas party in 2019 and was pictured smiling with his arms snugly wrapped around McGrath and the other woman. 

That account echoes allegations made by Anna Ruch, another Cuomo accuser who claimed Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back and asked her if he could kiss her during a wedding reception in September 2019.

Cuomo's first accuser, Lindsey Boylan, has also claimed Cuomo gave her an unsolicited kiss, which the governor has denied.

On Thursday, another woman opened up on Twitter claiming then-Attorney General Cuomo 'entered her personal space' and flirted with her.

Bloomberg reporter Valerie Bauman, who was 25 while covering New York state politics for the Associated Press, said: 'Afterward, a fellow reporter loudly observed that Andrew Cuomo seemed very into me. I was embarrassed, but least it wasn't my imagination, I thought.'

The investigation into claims Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women has now widened to probe whether his top aides tried to intimidate his accusers and whether they failed to follow the complaint process signed into law by the governor himself.

New York Attorney General Letitia James' office is investigating the actions of some of the embattled governor's top officials to determine if they enabled his inappropriate behavior, retaliated against his accusers and handled the complaints correctly, according to some of the women who have spoken to investigators.

This week a report from The New York Times revealed the governor's office released personnel records and circulated a letter attacking Boylan's credibility and tried to get current and former staffers to sign it.

James launched an independent investigation into the sexual harassment accusations earlier this month after she received a referral letter from Cuomo's office.

At the time, two women had accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. Since then, several more women have come forward with allegations while a group of 30 have spoken up about a culture of bullying and harassment while working in his office.

Now, a total of eight women - five of which are former aides in the governor's office - have accused the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

The governor has said he 'never touched anyone inappropriately' and 'never made any inappropriate advances' but has apologized for making anyone feel 'uncomfortable.'

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