Cuomo Takes Ungainly Dip Into Sexual Harassment Debate

“Must be dealt with across the board,” said Ms. DeRosa, who was appointed in April, by Mr. Cuomo, as the first woman to serve as secretary, the top unelected position in the state. “It exists everywhere in society and must be addressed holistically.” She later added, “Limiting the problem to one man, political party or profession misses the whole point of the #MeToo moment.”

Ms. DeRosa said that the governor later called Ms. DeWitt to clarify his comments. But Republicans pounced on the remarks, with the National Republican Congressional Committee calling them “stunning” and “unbelievable” in a email blast.

The governor’s comments had already served to overshadow the event that brought him to Albany — the awards-style giveaway of hundreds of millions of dollars in regional economic stimulus — and the simultaneous unveiling of the first proposal of his 2018 agenda: a measure to remove guns from anyone convicted of any type of domestic abuse, something the governor’s office said would close a state loophole. It also came as the governor continued to rail against the federal tax overhaul, something he said would cause big tax increases in the state, citing the elimination of a deduction for state and local taxes and a cap on the property tax deduction.

“Everybody’s taxes in the State of New York just went up 20 percent,” the governor said. “Property taxes effectively go up 20 percent.” He said Republicans in Washington were “using New York as a piggy bank to pay for the tax cuts in other states.”

Mr. Cuomo also said that the Republican tax plan was “as abusive to the taxpayers in New York as their position was to the women in Alabama,” an apparent reference to Mr. Trump backing Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican who was defeated in his quest for a Senate seat on Tuesday amid allegations that he had sexually assaulted teenage girls.

Like Senator Gillibrand, Mr. Cuomo is considered a possible presidential contender…

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