New York Assembly Report Corroborates Cuomo’s Harassment Allegations

The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee has released a report on its investigation into allegations of misconduct against the former governor. Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo Unrequited Rage: The Mob’s Demand for Justice in the Rittenhouse Trial The Two Kyle Rittenhouse Trials Time’s Up Heralds a Big ‘Reboot’ After the Cuomo Scandal MORE (D), detailing “overwhelming evidence” that he engaged in sexual harassment while in office, among other findings.

The 63 page document, released Monday, corroborates claims investigated by Attorney General Letitia James, whose office released an explosive report in August on its findings of sexual harassment. Cuomo, who has denied wrongdoing, announced his resignation a week after that report was released.

The New York Assembly investigation found multiple incidents of harassment and misconduct, and accused Cuomo of creating a hostile work environment during his time as governor, according to the report. the The report also found that Cuomo used state resources and property, including members of the executive chamber staff, to write, publish and promote his book detailing his time as governor during the COVID-19 crisis.

The report further stated that Cuomo was not “completely transparent” regarding the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19.

The report was completed by attorneys at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP.

“This has been a deeply sad chapter in New York history. I congratulate President Charles Lavine, the members of the Judiciary Committee, and the Davis Polk team for their hard work and diligence in completing this investigation, ”said New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D) said in a statement.

“I also want to thank everyone who participated in all the investigations for their cooperation, particularly the courageous women who stepped up. As we have done throughout this process, we will continue to cooperate with all relevant investigative bodies to provide them with the evidence that we have discovered, “added Heastie.

Cuomo officially left office Aug. 24 amid pressure from Democrats in New York and nationally following the findings included in James’ report. The investigation revealed numerous allegations of harassment against Cuomo by 11 women, including several state employees.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office charged Cuomo last month with a misdemeanor sex offense for allegedly forcibly touching or placing his hand under the blouse of an unidentified woman and groping her at the governor’s mansion.

“I would like to thank all the members of the committee, as well as our attorneys at Davis Polk, for their hard work. The former governor’s conduct, as depicted in this report, is extremely disturbing and indicative of someone who is unfit for office, ”Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D) said in a statement.

“I hope this report will help New Yorkers better understand the seriousness of the allegations that have been made and serve to guide us toward a more ethical and responsible government. New Yorkers deserve no less. “

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