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Local lawmakers weigh next move in wake of governor’s scandals

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — With two scandals surrounding Governor Andrew Cuomo, local lawmakers are looking at their options.

“Once we know what the allegations lead to and what the findings are, that will give us a sense of our next step and what should happen next,” said Assemblyman John McDonald.

Possible mismanagement of nursing homes and now three sexual harassment allegations have led to calls of stripping the governor of his emergency powers, resignation and even impeachment.

“Everything is on the table with me. I think he could do us all a big favor, and all New Yorkers a big favor, by resigning. Right now, he’s a distraction,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague.

Stripping the governor of his emergency powers is bi-partisan. Five out of six local assembly members NEWS10ABC spoke with agree it’s needed, but there’s one hold out.

“I don’t think going through the process of canceling them, in effect, is going to be helpful,” said Assemblyman Phil Steck.

The governor’s emergency powers are set to expire at the end of April. Steck, a democrat, said removing the emergency power would be a waste of time. Though, he’s calling for the governor’s resignation.

“While the governor has a right to defend himself against sexual harassment allegations, I think this is a part of a broader pattern of abuse of power,” Steck said.

With the sexual harassment investigation on the horizon, everyone is looking for answers.

“This needs to happen sooner rather than later,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby.

“We want to get it done right. We want it independent and I would just like it to be timely,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

The governor has apologized for any “jokes” that were misinterpreted from his sexual harassment allegations. He has refuted claims of any inappropriate touching or propositions.

School district pulls Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Day citing ‘racial undertones’

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WNCN) — A Virginia school district will no longer celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel A.K.A., Dr. Seuss, during Read Across America Day, citing “strong racial undertones” in some of his books and illustrations.

The Loudoun County School District says they will also no longer feature the author’s work during Tuesday’s Read Across America Day.

Read Across America Day, typically celebrated on March 2, also marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss. His work has been closely associated with the day, with everyone from celebrities to former first lady Michelle Obama reading his books to children.

US First Lady Michelle Obama reads the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” to elementary school students during a kickoff event for the National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, March 2, 2011. Obama was joined by film, television and sports personalities in the event marking Dr. Seuss’ 107th birthday and the start of the 14th annual reading campaign. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2017, the National Education Association started to rebrand Read Across America Day and moved away from Seuss’ work. The website now features books by authors of color with themes that include building community, racial justice, promoting respect and fostering inclusiveness, among others.

Loudoun County Public Schools posted a statement Feb. 27 to quell rumors that the district had banned Dr. Seuss books. Administrators wrote that the books are still available to students in libraries and classrooms and explained the decision to decouple Seuss from Read Across America Day:

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language.  Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools,” the district said in a statement.

Instead, the school district has encouraged students to “read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss. “

NYT: Third woman accuses Gov. Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

NEW YORK (NEWS10/WIVB) — According to a Monday report from the New York Times, a third woman has accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.

The story tells the account of Anna Ruch, now 33, who claims she met the Governor at a Sept. 2019 wedding reception. Ruch said that Cuomo placed his hand on her bare lower back, and when she removed his hand with hers, remarked that she seemed “aggressive” and put his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her.

This is the third woman to make harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo but the first woman outside of the Cuomo administration to make such claims.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, told The New York Times the Governor asked her questions about her sex life, including if she had ever been with an older man. The former health policy advisor also stated Cuomo, 63, told her that he was “open to relationships with women in their 20s.”

Lindsey Boylan, 36, was the Governor’s first accuser. She initially made claims of sexual harassment in a tweet in December. She then published an article in February that detailed the alleged harassment where she accused Cuomo of suggesting they play strip poker while on his private jet and kissing her after a meeting.

Gov. Cuomo responded to Bennett’s and Boylan’s allegations in a statement made on Sunday. In it, he maintains that he never inappropriately touched anyone nor propositioned anyone. He said some of his actions may have been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.” He said he had teased people about their personal lives in an attempt to be “playful” but that he never meant to hurt anyone.

His full statement reads as follows:

“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.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Bennett denounced the apology saying Cuomo “refused to acknowledge or take responsibility for his predatory behavior.”

NEWS10 ABC affiliate News 4 has reached out to the Governor’s office for a response to Ruch’s allegation.

In the meantime, New York Attorney General Letitia James was given a referral from the executive chamber to conduct an independent investigation into the women’s claims. AG James said she intends to hire a law firm and appoint a special deputy to investigate the harassment allegations.

The AG’s office is also working to decide if they will include Ruch’s story in the investigation. Both Bennett and Boylan showed their support for Ruch on Twitter.

Bennett wrote: “I stand with Anna Ruch. Anna — I hear you, I see you. I’m so sorry. His inappropriate and aggressive behavior cannot be justified or normalized. Thank you for your courage and strength. Here for you always.”

Boylan wrote: “This doesn’t make me feel validated. It makes me feel sick. I feel nauseous thinking about Anna’s experience. I am sending her love and light. Charlotte and I are with you, Anna.”

COVID-19 relief package moves to Senate, faces GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The Biden administration is celebrating a third COVID-19 vaccine that’s now out for delivery. The White House says 3.9 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine will be distributed this week.

“All three vaccines are safe and highly effective,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.

Despite that good news, the CDC is warning states against rolling back public health measures too soon.

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” Walensky added.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is looking to the Senate to approve his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that passed in the House over the weekend. But as the bill reaches the Senate, it’s facing GOP opposition.

“Less than 10% of this bill has anything to do with COVID,” Sen. Rick Scott said Monday.

The Florida Republican said the current bill doesn’t have his support.

“I’m not gonna go waste $2 trillion. It’s taxpayer money. It’s somebody’s money,” he said. “I want a targeted bill.”

One item that won’t be in the bill is the proposed $15 minimum wage increase that’s now declared off limits by the Senate rules.

“I support raising the min wage, but it clearly cannot be on this reconciliation bill,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday.

Senate Democrats aren’t giving up entirely and want to try again down the road.

“I recommend we look for another venue,” Durbin added.

Right now, Senate Democrats are preparing their version of the bill. It’s expected to be completed Wednesday.

The Senate has less than two weeks to pass the package and get it to President Biden’s desk before unemployment benefits expire on March 14.

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Willie Nelson to Release New Book, ‘Letters To America,’ In June

At 87, Willie Nelson isn’t slowing down. He just released his second collection of Frank Sinatra covers, That’s Life, on Feb 26, and just announced he will issue a book titled Letters To America on June 29. Harper Horizon will publish the book, a collection of letters addressed from Nelson to his fellow Americans. It……