Andrew Cuomo will not resign from his role as governor of New York amid sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior allegations from three women.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Cuomo shared updates about the coronavirus pandemic before addressing the ongoing allegations, Fox News reports.

The most recent allegations were from his former aide Anna Ruch, who accused Cuomo of touching her back and grabbing her face to kiss her cheek without her consent.

When the governor was asked if he planned to leave office while in the middle of his third term, Cuomo revealed he would not vacate his position. “I’m not going to resign. I work for the people of New York,” he said. 

The 63-year-old added, “I’m going to do the job the people of the state elected me to.”

Although the governor claimed to be remorseful about causing women to feel uncomfortable, he insisted he “never touched anyone inappropriately.” 

“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” Cuomo told reporters. 

“I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it… I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone.”

The governor revealed he had a history of greeting men and women with kisses and “never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”

“You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people, women, men, children, etc.,” Cuomo said. 

“You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. Men, women, it is my usual and customary way of greeting,” he continued.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has been tasked with investigating the sexual harassment claims against Cuomo and is expected to share her findings.

Three women have accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of harassment, including two former aides New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo: AFP / Johannes EISELE