Second Woman Accuses New York City Mayoral Candidate Scott Stringer Of Sexual Misconduct

Topline

New York mayoral candidate Scott Stringer has again been accused of sexual harassment by a woman, the New York Times reported Friday.

Key Facts

Teresa Logan said Stringer sexually harassed her and made unwanted advances, including groping and kissing her, while she worked for him in 1992 as a waitress at Uptown Local, a bar and restaurant he co-owned on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

At the time, Stringer was 32 and did not hold public office, while Logan was 18.

Stringer, currently the New York City comptroller, said in a statement that he has “no memory” of Logan.

While there are no known witnesses to Logan’s claims of Stringer making sexual advances, her sister and then roommate, Yohanna, told the Times her sister  told her of the alleged incidents.

Logan, now 47 and a Manhattan resident who works in the fashion industry and is a registered Democrat, told the Times she does not want to press charges against Stringer.

Crucial Quote

“If, in fact, I met Ms. Logan, and ever did anything to make her uncomfortable, I am sorry. Uptown Local was a long-ago chapter in my life from the early 1990s and it was all a bit of a mess,” Stringer stated.

Key Background

Logan’s accusations come five weeks after Jean Kim, now a political lobbyist who worked without pay on Stringer’s 2001 campaign for public advocate, claimed he also made unwanted sexual advances, which he has denied. But Kim’s allegations led progressive political groups to withdraw support for Stringer’s candidacy, including the Working Families Party, as well as elected officials including Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.). Logan said she decided to publicize her allegations after Kim stepped forward with her own accusations.

Chief Critic

Rebecca Katz, a spokeswoman for Stringer’s campaign, stated that Logan’s allegations “predated decades of service and management by Scott Stringer in the public eye and should be considered in that context.”

What To Watch For

The crowded New York Democratic mayoral primary, which includes former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and six other candidates, will be held on June 22, while early voting begins June 12.

Tangent

The allegations of sexual misconduct against Stringer follow sexual harassment accusations against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has refused calls for his resignation, as he’s under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Stringer said in early March that Cuomo should resign. “If he does not step down, the Legislature should swiftly begin impeachment proceedings to remove the governor from office,” he said at the time.

Further Reading

NYC Mayoral Candidate Scott Stringer Denies Sexual Assault Allegation: ‘This Isn’t Me’ (Forbes)

New York Attorney General Investigating Cuomo Over Alleged Misuse Of Resources (Forbes)

Cuomo Says Making Women ‘Uncomfortable’ Isn’t Harassment — But New York State Policy Says It Is (Forbes)

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