Albany County Attorney David Soares responded on Tuesday to New York Attorney General Letitia James’ findings from his investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the government. Andrew Cuomo.
James’ report, which was released Tuesday morning, included interviews with 179 people and revealed that Cuomo had harassed current and former staff members, including staff members based in Albany, between 2013 and 2020.
“Along with the public, we were briefed today on the final independent report from the office of AG Letitia James regarding Governor Cuomo’s conduct in relation to violations of civil harassment laws,” Soares, who has the ability to file criminal charges against Cuomo, said in a statement to LBL. “We will formally request investigative documents obtained by the GA office, and we invite any victim to contact our office with additional information.”
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Soares added that as the case progresses, his office is “reviewing the document released by the Attorney General today” and “will refrain from any further public comment at this time regarding the state of the criminal investigation underway by “the prosecutor’s office.
The Albany Police Department did not immediately respond to a request from LBL.
One of Cuomo’s accusers identified in James’ report as a soldier in the Protective Services Unit (PSU), the unit of New York State soldiers tasked with protecting the governor with offices in Albany and New York, alleged that the governor touched her inappropriately. several times, usually casually.
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The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (NYSTPBA) told LBL in a statement that it “is appalled and disturbed by the conclusion of the report of independent investigators appointed by the New York State Attorney General that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women, including a New York State soldier. “
“I am outraged and disgusted that one of my members, who was responsible for guarding the governor and ensuring his safety, could not enjoy the same feeling of security in his working environment as that which was provided to him”, said NYSTPBA President Thomas H. Mungeer. . “The NYSTPBA also applauds the bravery of our member, who, when called in during this investigation, was honest and had the courage to share her experiences.”
Several other women accused Cuomo of making inappropriate sexual comments and unwanted touching, the most egregious of which was that of an anonymous executive assistant who claims he invited her to his house and groped her chest under her blouse.
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The same woman told investigators that Cuomo also repeatedly touched her buttocks, kissed her on the lips at least once, and repeatedly asked her if she cheated on her husband or would.
Cuomo has publicly denied the allegations of inappropriate contact.
Hours after the report was released, Cuomo delivered a video address responding to his findings. He categorically denied any wrongdoing.
“First of all, I want you to know directly from me that I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said. “I’m 63 years old. I’ve lived my entire adult life in public. It’s just not who I am and it’s not who I’ve ever been.”
James clarified that the investigation was civil in nature and that there were no criminal consequences of their report. The incident in which Cuomo allegedly groped a staff member’s chest has been brought to the attention of Albany Police.
LBL’ Ronn Blizter and Stephanie Pagnones contributed to this report.