NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In her only TV interview, an accuser of Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about her time working for him and when she says things took an inappropriate turn. The governor’s former executive assistant, Charlotte Bennett , spoke to CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell . While Cuomo denies propositioning anyone, Bennett says that’s exactly what he was doing, even if he didn’t say so specifically. “Do you believe that he was propositioning you?” O’Donnell asked. “Yes,” Bennett said. “For what?” O’Donnell asked. “Sex,” Bennett said. Click here to watch the full interview from CBS Evening News . As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, in the spring of 2020, Cuomo had become a national celebrity, and to Bennett, he probably felt himself untouchable. In one conversation, Bennett says Cuomo even asked her about being a sexual assault survivor. “So he goes, ‘You were raped. You were raped. You were raped and abused and assaulted,’” she said. On another occasion, Bennett says he called her in for dictation and told her to turn off the tape recorder. “And then he explains at that point that he is looking for a girlfriend … He’s lonely. He’s tired,” Bennett said. “He asked if I had trouble enjoying being with someone because of my trauma … The governor asked me if I was sensitive to intimacy.” “In his office?” O’Donnell asked. “Yes. During the work day,” Bennett said. Bennett says Cuomo told her he would be OK with sleeping with anyone over 22. Bennett is 25. “I thought, ‘He’s trying to sleep with me. The governor’s trying to sleep with me. And I’m deeply uncomfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible,’” she said. Bennett says she sent text messages to a friend immediately after the encounter writing the governor “talked about age differences in relationships.” The friend, who verified the messages, asks “WAIT WHAT” and “DID HE DO SOMETHING.” Bennett responds, “No but it was like the most explicit it could be.” “When I was even thinking of coming forward, I think that was where I held the most shame. In that, like, I really was uncomfortable,” Bennett said. “Why did you feel shame?” O’Donnell said. “I feel like people put the onus on the woman to shut that conversation down. And by answering, I was somehow engaging in that or enabling it, when in fact, I was just terrified,” Bennett said. The governor apologized Wednesday. “I never knew at the time I was making anyone uncomfortable,” he said. In a statement, he said, “What I said may have been misinterpreted.” “Did you misinterpret him?” O’Donnell asked. “No. I understood him loud and clear. It just didn’t go the way he planned,” Bennett said. When asked for a statement, the governor’s office referred CBS2 to Cuomo’s apology from Wednesday and asked people to wait for results of an investigation to be launched by the Attorney General’s office.
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WITH experts agreeing that the writing is on the wall for the Caribbean due to the rapid changes in climatic conditions, Professor Michael Taylor, director of the Climate Studies Group at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), says climate change should be tackled with the same aggression being applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A byproduct of the NFL playing its games in front of few, if any, fans because of the novel coronavirus is that viewers can hear loud and clear all the quarterbacks hollering out their calls, cadences and credos. Along with all those audibles wrapped in super-secret code. And Derek Carr has been the biggest star of this pandemic phenomenon. Carr came up short in his showdown with Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night at empty Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where the Raiders lost a 35-31 thriller to the Kansas City Chiefs. But the Raiders QB was the social media darling for his audacious audibles, especially when he hollered out “ James Hardin!” before handing off for a 6-yard gain. Oh, the delicious irony of Carr not passing the ball on that play, something even the Raiders’ official Twitter account pointed out. Other audibles included: “Chris Mullin!” “Pistol Pete!” And, still scratching our heads over this one: “Purple Walrus!” Without crowds roaring, some salty language occasionally gets broadcast, like it did in the Dolphins-Broncos game Sunday. With the play clock about to expire, Denver had to call timeout just 37 seconds into its first drive, and left guard Dalton Risner threw his hands up in frustration a dropped a f-bomb for all to hear. Yes, even over the din of 5,351 fans, the last crowd that will be allowed into Empower Field at Mile High this season because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Colorado. But the most entertaining phrases are coming from the mouths of quarterbacks, and Carr is king. In the first Raiders-Chiefs matchup of the season, Carr hollered out “Bruce Springstein!” and “Joe Montana!” In Las Vegas’ opener, he yelled out, “Tiger Woods!” and “Cindy Gruden!”, the wife of his his head coach. That prompted Jon Gruden to joke, “I don’t know what he’s been up to at the line of scrimmage, but better keep my wife out of it from now on.”
VALENCIA (CBSLA) — Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and even Old Saint Nick himself welcomed families Monday to Six Flags Magic Mountain for the annual Holiday in the Park — with a twist. Those who attend this year’s Holiday in the Park drive-thru event will see light shows choreographed to festive music and a variety of different holiday scenes. (CBSLA) “Oh it’s awesome,” Maricela Robles-Bray, a guest, said. “They did a beautiful job.” Robles-Bray’s family, like millions across the state, are limited in how they can celebrate the holidays due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic . And while guests are still not allowed to walk through the theme park, they can drive through and marvel at the lights and decorations. “It was nice to be able to get out and do something different,” Robles-Bray said. It’s the first time in the park’s history that people can drive through the sidewalks usually filled with, and reserved for, pedestrian traffic. “We’re glad to be able to offer that so that people can be safe,” Jerry Certonio, the park’s marketing manger, said. He said that as soon as Six Flags found out they were not going to be able to get the rollercoasters back up and running in time, team members from all different departments got together and completely reimagined the Holiday in the Park event — connecting eight distinct areas with millions of lights. “As you look around or whatever, you don’t realize it, but there’s millions and millions of lights,” Certonio said. Those who attend will see light shows choreographed to festive music, positioning characters who talk with kids in passing cars and displaying West Coast Customs show cars. “The team members were really excited to be able to come together and do this for everybody,” Certonio said.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were strong warnings Monday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo heading into the holidays as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across New York. Cuomo said parts of our area are already headed into the orange zone and are facing new restrictions. As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported, Cuomo said hospitalizations have tripled on Staten Island in the past three weeks, and hospital capacity is becoming an issue. So the state is opening an emergency COVID patient facility to be ready for what could come. Watch Gov. Cuomo’s COVID Briefing: People lining up for COVID tests have become the norm across Staten Island — from a Hylan Boulevard CityMD to the Ferry Terminal — as coronavirus cases continue to rise. On Monday morning, two dozen people were waiting in line for a COVID swab at the Ferry Terminal. “Got tested two weeks ago. I took the rapid one, said that I had it,” said Staten Island resident Ross Gonchman. He was getting tested Monday to make sure he’s negative. Others in the line worried about a second shutdown looming. “How can you feel? It’s not really a great feeling. Things are shutting down left and right, businesses are failing left and right,” said Staten Island resident Edwin Ayala. An orange zone means high risk, so non-essential businesses like gyms and personal care close. Dining moves to outdoor only. Mass gatherings move to maximum 10 people. It’s possible some areas on Staten Island could even move into a red zone, which means essential businesses only. Dining is takeout only, and no mass gatherings. The northern part of the borough is entering the yellow zone. The southern is entering the orange zone, which for Andrew’s Diner means no indoor dining, yet again. Here is the map for the Manhattan (New York County) cluster. The cluster is a Yellow Zone. pic.twitter.com/lR2sMLdAVJ — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020 Diva Nail and Spa on Hylan Boulevard was trying to safely accommodate as many customers as possible Monday night before being forced to turn off the open sign. “The only thing we can do is take care of customers. We do our best. We cannot afford one more shutdown because of everything we need to pay for,” an employee told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. “It’s tough, as if it wasn’t tough enough,” said Kostantino Plaitis, general manager of Andrew’s Diner. “We’re doing everything we can with procedures and things they put in place for us to stay on top of only to take a step backwards. It hurts.” The diner is located in Great Kills, where the infection rate is 5.45%. Tottenville is shy of 6%, where salons, gyms and other nonessential businesses will also close. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage “We need to be sensitive to the small businesses in the community that have already suffered so much. To say you can’t eat in Great Kills but you can eat in West Brighton is really sort of unfair,” said Congresswoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis. “Staten Island has such an issue that it has triggered a hospital capacity issue. And the hospitals have contacted us and they say they need emergency beds on Staten Island,” Cuomo said. “Remember when we had to set up field hospitals, emergency hospitals for additional capacity? Well, that’s what we have to do on Staten Island.” Yellow Zone -Restaurants close at 10pm -Businesses open -Weekly testing at schools Orange Zone Outdoor dining + takeout High-risk, nonessential businesses close Schools go remote Red Zone Takeout/delivery only Nonessential businesses close Schools go remote pic.twitter.com/xXI8NFAsvA — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020 The state is reopening an emergency COVID patient facility at South Beach Psychiatric Center that was used to help full hospitals at the height of the pandemic. Watch Mayor de Blasio’s Press Conference: “During the peak we were treating a little over 300 people with COVID, but you have to remember that everything else in the hospital was shut down except people coming in with grave emergencies,” said Brahim Ardolic, executive director of Staten Island University Hospital. Staten Island University Hospital is currently treating more than 100 COVID patients. Ardolic said this will help take care of those with non-COVID issues. Even with parts of Staten Island and Upper Manhattan turning yellow, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is focused on reopening schools. “When we come back, the first thing we’re going to focus on is getting is what’s called District 75 schools, special ed schools, back and up and running across all grades,” de Blasio said. A looming concern is how holidays will play a factor in the spike in cases. Doctors are urging people to heed the warnings. “You’ve got to think smart because while you may not kill your grandma or your aunt, you may sentence them to weeks in the hospital, and nobody wants to do that,” Ardolic said. Based on the current trends, the governor said hospitalizations could reach 6,000 in just three weeks — and that’s not counting a holiday spike. As far as the zones go, they go in effect for businesses Wednesday. De Blasio said we could see zone changes soon after Thanksgiving citywide. “There’s a likelihood as soon as next week that New York City will be declared an orange zone,” de Blasio said. More From CBS New York : Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Swingers Party With More Than 80 People In Attendance Busted In Queens Young Woman Dead, Six Teens Wounded After Shooting At Sweet 16 Afterparty In Brooklyn
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A young cancer survivor is on a mission to inspire others and pay it forward… with socks. CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock introduces us to an incredible girl who hopes delivering fuzzy socks to other kids fighting cancer also brings them hope for a healthy future. It’s a special delivery by a very special someone: cancer survivor, and author, 7-year-old Aryn Diggs. Aryn said she feels a little weird about telling people how awesome she is. “Sometimes, when I tell people, I feel like they get too excited,” she told Murdock. Aryn endured surgery and several rounds of chemotherapy after she was diagnosed at just 2 years old. “We wrote this story together about a journey to find the true beauty that lives inside you,” said Aryn’s mom, Marissa Jacobs. “If you make a book about what you went through, people will support you and be inspired,” Aryn said. On Monday, she continue to do just that outside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Washington Heights . Aryn and her family delivered “Socks With Stories”. Fifty pairs were donated to children fighting cancer. “They’re comfy and designed very well,” said Aryn. They were designed by real life superheroes – children battling cancer. “To know that the designs on the socks are created by children who are going through life battling illnesses is everything,” said Jacobs. The socks are delivered by childhood cancer survivors who volunteer to help. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: COVID In NYC: Business Owners On Edge With Another Possible Shutdown Looming, Say They Need Compensation To Stay Afloat NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% The company behind it all, Resilience Gives , says for each pair purchased, a pair is donated. Founder Jake Teitelbaum told CBS2 it’s a product of personal experience. He was diagnosed with cancer in college and says he spent too much time in the hospital. “It always stuck out that you get your gown and these really drab hospital socks,” Teitelbaum said. He said socks are a small thing, but they can change a patient’s experience. Plus, having them delivered by families celebrating years of being cancer free gives hope for the future. “I hope that someone looks at me and looks at my family and says, ‘We can do this too,’” said Jacobs. Aryn said, “Be confident. Don’t be scared.”
Showers will swing through this morning and wrap up around 11a/12p; mostly sunny skies are expected this afternoon. Outside of all that, expect temperatures to fall through the 50s this morning with temperatures only in the 40s this afternoon. It will be breezy, too, with gusts of 25-35 mph. (Credit: CBS2) Tonight will be cold and breezy. Temperatures will fall into the 30s across the area with wind chills in the 30s and 20s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and chilly. Highs will be a little below normal in the upper 40s. (Credit: CBS2) Wednesday will stay dry for the better part of the day with showers/rain becoming likely at night. Temperatures will be running slightly warmer with highs in the mid 50s. (Credit: CBS2) Rain is likely on Thanksgiving. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
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Baking company Honey Bun is focusing on the welfare of its staff members as they continue to grapple with the fall-out of COVID-19.Last week the company launched its Staff Wellness and Support Programme, offering professional confidential counselling, and empowerment services for its permanent and short-term employees.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Walking along Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side, you’ll notice a brand new display of art that goes on for blocks. The purpose is to bring the community together at a time it’s needed most. Works of art have been added to Columbus Avenue, bursting with beauty. They’re easy to spot from 67th-82nd Street. “I think it put some beauty in a very dismal time,” said Upper West Side resident Bobbi Sklar. “The more traffic we can bring into the area and help especially small business owners. It’s wonderful,” said Upper West Side resident Paige Brotherton. More : New York Begins New COVID Restrictions For Businesses; NYC Schools Closely Monitoring Infection Rate “I think that we all need this,” said Lisa Zentner, owner of Really Great Things. Lisa Zentner, owner of Really Great Things, quickly said yes when asked by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District to display art by Gwen Sullivan in her store window. (Credit: CBS2) Zentner quickly said yes when asked by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District to display art by Gwen Sullivan in her store window. The art is being installed now through the weekend. The work of the dozens of featured artists will also be on display in vacant storefronts, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported. A gallery walk will “do a socially distanced walk, explore the artwork, shop at our local businesses,” said Nicole Paynter, executive director of the Columbus Avenue BID. “I think bringing it outside, making it more visible for people is amazing,” said Upper West Side resident Becky Carroll. More : Performing Artists In NYC Finding Ways To Return To The Spotlight As Shutdown Continues Photographer A.J. Stetson’s striking portraits hang on chain link around an Upper West Side school. (Credit: CBS2) Photographer A.J. Stetson’s striking portraits hang on chain link around a school. He photographed masked models by the hundreds. “Four out of five people said yes,” he said. He’s exhibiting his favorites. In one portrait, if you look closely, you can see Stetson and his camera reflected in his subject’s sunglasses. In another portrait of an artist in Union Square, you can see reflections of his painting in his eyes. “He’s painting on a white canvas and then here you can see the colors of the painting,” Stetson said. “I think it shows that we are a community and we are a neighborhood and that’s what I like,” Zentner said. The art, which is also for sale, stays up through the end of January. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Stimulus Package Update: What Will A Biden Administration Mean For More Aid? Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion,’ Continue To Follow COVID Safety Guidelines Study: Simple Temperature Checks And Question Screening Not Very Effective Catching COVID-19 Spreaders You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
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Canada’s deputy chief of public health said cross-border travel for the Raptors in the upcoming NBA season “continues to be an issue.”
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio and health officials are urging people not to travel and celebrate Thanksgiving virtually as a way to beat back a possible second wave of COVID. As CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reports, the key may be figuring out what’s causing an increase in infection, and it’s a key they just don’t have right now. “Probably around 50% we don’t have a way to check out the source of the infection and that’s a concern,” said Dr. Jay Varma, de Blasio’s senior advisor for public health. Web Extra: Click for more about COVID-19 testing in NYC With the city’s COVID infection rates increasing, it was a stunning admission from Varma: While 10% of the city’s cases of COVID-19 can be traced to travel – down from 20% – 5% from small gatherings and 5% from congregate settings like nursing homes, health officials aren’t sure why more and more people are getting sick. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says it could “encountering someone who is infected but they don’t know it yet, meaning they are asymptomatic.” The numbers, they say, are worrisome. Monday’s positivity rate was 2.88% and the seven day average 2.31%. That’s why they’re urging people to double up on precautions to prevent a second wave: Social distancing, wearing masks indoors, stay home – don’t travel for Thanksgiving. MORE : Aggressive Effort To Curb COVID-19 infection Rates Begins On Staten Island; N.J. Restrictions Looming When Kramer asked Mayor de Blasio what would happen if we can’t beat back a second wave, he pointed to the seven day average of 2.31%. “Obviously if that goes to 3%, schools would go all remote for a period of time,” he said. “I think there would be real concern about whether you can have businesses open on the same scale they are open now. You could see restrictions in certain industries. You could see full scale closure. You could see a limit on hours. All these things are possible.” MORE : Pfizer Says Trials Show COVID-19 Vaccine Is ‘More Than 90% Effective’ Because of the increasing infection rate, the city mounted a day of action on Staten Island and other parts of the city. On a happier note, Mayor de Blasio said the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be lit as usual, and he’s working on a plan to allow people to see it safely. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Election 2020: Thousands Of Absentee Ballots Just Starting To Be Counted Could Decide Close Races Across New York Cuomo Says Managing Infection Rate Will Be Critical As New York’s Coronavirus Numbers Climb Sources: Bodies Of 2 Babies Found Wrapped In Paper Behind Bronx Building (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A ceremony was held Tuesday in Central Park ahead of Veterans Day to honor the women who served the nation. Most Veterans Day events have either gone virtual or been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but some groups are still celebrating in smaller numbers outside. The event was held at a special location — a grove of 24 trees spanning from 69th to 71st streets along Fifth Avenue that were planted back in 1925 as a tribute to American women who served during World War I. “When you think of women from World War I who gave their lives, think about it for a second. They didn’t have the right to vote and yet they served their country,” said Mary Caraccioli, chief communications officer for the Central Park Conservancy. “American women have been serving in war zones since the American Revolution, when they dressed up as men so they can serve,” Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar added. A ceremony is underway in Central Park ahead of Veterans Day, honoring the women who served America. It’s taking place in front of a grove of trees planted in 1925 as a tribute to all the women in roles overseas in WWI @CBSNewYork #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/yy1CVhqoip — Natalie Duddridge (@NatDuddridgeTV) November 10, 2020 The origin of the grove had been forgotten about for decades, but the memorial was rediscovered through research last year. Tuesday’s ceremony honored military servicewomen, health care workers and volunteers, like Red Cross members. “Today, we recognize the all-important role of women in the war effort. With millions of men away from home, women filled manufacturing and agriculture positions on the home front,” one speaker said. “Others provided support on the front lines as nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, translators and, in rare cases, on the battlefield.” “Women also make up approximately 10% of the current veteran population — the fastest growing demographic,” another speaker added. “Ask not what your country can do for you … I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself,” veteran J. Gayle Gamon said. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Election 2020: Thousands Of Absentee Ballots Just Starting To Be Counted Could Decide Close Races Across New York Cuomo Says Managing Infection Rate Will Be Critical As New York’s Coronavirus Numbers Climb Sources: Bodies Of 2 Babies Found Wrapped In Paper Behind Bronx Building U.S. Marines also tied thousands of yellow ribbons around trees along Third Avenue and 49th Street. They were joined by Tony Orlando, whose famous song goes, “Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.” Organizers hoped to wrap 200,000 trees in ribbons — one for every New York City veteran — in time for Veterans Day on Wednesday. So even though there won’t be big parades, there will still be reminders to thank someone who served. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Luis Rojas probably will return for a second season as manager of the New York Mets . Sandy Alderson , who returned as team president Friday when Steve Cohen bought the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, said he had spoken with Rojas several teams in recent days. Alderson said it’s “very likely” Rojas will remain but added that he “left the door slightly ajar” pending his decision on a new president of baseball operations. Alderson fired general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and his top aides Friday . LIVE Watch Owner & CEO @StevenACohen2 and President Sandy Alderson’s introductory press conference. https://t.co/45W32S5T4d — New York Mets (@Mets) November 10, 2020 Cohen said Monday that he hoped to reinstate Old Timers’ Day, which was dropped more than a decade ago. A billionaire who runs the hedge fund Point72 Asset Management, Cohen said a baseball team is different from a financial firm. “I’m not trying to make money here,” Cohen said. “It’s about building something great. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Election 2020: Thousands Of Absentee Ballots Just Starting To Be Counted Could Decide Close Races Across New York Cuomo Says Managing Infection Rate Will Be Critical As New York’s Coronavirus Numbers Climb Sources: Bodies Of 2 Babies Found Wrapped In Paper Behind Bronx Building (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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The Bears hope to scrape out a playoff spot, while Miami thinks it can arrive early. And the Chiefs definitely still have Super aspirations.
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