Tyler Moses, 23, a tutor and law student from Park Slope in Brooklyn, said that while she felt Mr. Cuomo’s resignation was a victory, its fruits were unevenly distributed: those accusers of the governor who have been publicly identified are all white; Ms. Moses said she feels like the Me Too movement has in some cases left out Black women like her.
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“If you look at the political climate now, there are big cases getting noticed so people feel like things are changing,” Ms. Moses said. “But in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t feel like things are getting better.”
Some, like Jerrilyn Foster-Julian, 78, who treasures a photo she has of herself and Mr. Cuomo on a motorcycle ride with her club, Sirens, defended the governor. “He’s like me, he’s a hugger,” said Ms. Foster-Julian, who lives in Huntington, Long Island.
In his defense, Mr. Cuomo has described himself as naturally touchy, and attributed his behavior to the cultural norms of Italian Americans. Shortly after he announced his resignation, Mr. Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, gave a presentation that included a slide show of Mr. Cuomo hugging and kissing men and women, in an effort to further this point.
“In the society we’re in now, it’s so easy, when you’re on the other side of receiving something, to misinterpret it,” Ms. Foster-Julian said.
For Madalyn Fliesler, 69, a retired college professor from Buffalo, the governor’s excuses fell short. “My husband has had to adjust his behavior in the workplace. Apparently, Cuomo didn’t,” Ms. Fliesler said. “It would have been so easy to adjust behavior with the times — and he didn’t.”
She continued: “We’ve all changed. That’s part of being a society.”
Charlotte Brown, 20, a college student from Westchester, agreed. “Things are changing all the time, and if we can grow with it so can the older men in office,” she said.