State Assembly releases report on Cuomo sex harassment, COVID cover-ups and memoir

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Disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 12 ladies, together with seven staffers, hid the correct variety of COVID-19 nursing house deaths, and pressured state workers to assist write his $5.1 million pandemic memoir, in accordance with a damning impartial impeachment report launched Monday.

The findings launched by the State Assembly reveal that the Cuomo administration’s nursing house report launched final July was “substantially revised by the Executive Chamber,” in addition to that the ex-governor has misled the general public concerning the harassment allegations introduced in opposition to him.

The launch of the Assembly’s report follows the publication of state Attorney General Letitia James’ monumental sexual harassment probe on Aug. 3. That separate investigation concluded Cuomo sexually harassed 11 ladies, in violation of state and federal legal guidelines.

The Assembly report addresses claims from a twelfth sexual harassment accuser not talked about within the AG’s investigation, a civilian who says Cuomo made creepy come-ons to her earlier than and after visiting her house.

Sherry Vill, a 55-year-old married mom of three, informed Assembly investigators that Cuomo in 2017 “manhandled” and forcibly kissed her at her house, whereas on the tour of flood injury with staffers.

Andrew Cuomo.
The report states that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his legal professionals didn’t adjust to the Assembly committee’s subpoena “in any meaningful way.”
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The Rochester-area resident described the then-governor “taking her hand and kissing her on both cheeks, without her consent.”

As Cuomo and his aides toured the injury to her house, Vill informed probers she stayed behind, not wishing to come back into additional contact with him. But later, she stated he “approached her, asked if there was anything else she wanted, and then leaned down and kissed her again — also without consent — while grabbing her hand.”

Vill stated that after the go to, “she received a voicemail from someone in the Executive Chamber inviting her to attend an event at which the then-Governor would be present.” She informed investigators that none of her relations, nor any neighbor who had met Cuomo throughout the identical go to, obtained an invite to the occasion.

The report notes: “Ms. Vill also later received signed photos from the then-Governor’s visit; neither her family members nor her neighbors received photographs either.”

Charlotte Bennett and Andrew Cuomo.
The Assembly report discovered that ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed a number of feminine staffers.
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The Assembly investigation additionally decided that “senior state officials” helped Cuomo on his pandemic memoir “American Crisis” throughout the “regular course of work,” — and not of their very own accord throughout their free time, as Cuomo has claimed. The improper e book duties have been “expected to be completed” and have been “not voluntary,” a top-level state official informed investigators.

Despite giving Cuomo a number of alternatives to answer the physique’s findings, the Assembly report states that Cuomo and his legal professionals didn’t adjust to the Assembly’s Judiciary committee “in any meaningful way.”

“This has been a profoundly sad chapter in New York’s history,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) stated in an announcement. “As we have throughout this process, we will continue to cooperate with all relevant investigative bodies to provide them with the evidence we have uncovered.”

The detailed report additional concludes that:

  • “Cuomo engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment, including by creating a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual misconduct.”
  • “The former governor utilized state resources and property, including work by Executive Chamber staff, to write, publish and promote his book — a project for which he was guaranteed at least $5.2 million in personal profit.”
  • “Cuomo was not fully transparent regarding the number of nursing home residents who died as a result of COVID-19.”

The report explains that Cuomo was “given due process” throughout the investigation — an obvious try to fend off anticipated criticism much like what James obtained from Cuomo and his private lawyer, who claimed the AG’s report was politically motivated.

Cuomo and his allies have repeatedly attacked James’ report — doing so even earlier than it was launched — arguing her investigation was sullied by her preparations to launch a marketing campaign for governor in 2022.

The Assembly report seems to bolster James’ investigators’ findings.

Assembly Judiciary Committee members reviewed copies of the 60-page report final week in Albany, taking shifts to learn and take notes within the Legislative Office Building positioned subsequent to the state Capitol constructing. 

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The report revealed that then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo withheld the true extent of COVID-19 nursing house deaths.
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Lawmakers from each events beforehand informed The Post that the report affirms the findings of James’ investigation.

“It strongly corroborates and enhances the findings of the attorney general’s report that the governor was sexually harassing women in his office,” Assemblyman Phil Steck (D-Colonie) stated Friday, including the doc reveals new data exhibiting a “profoundly disturbing” sample of conduct by Cuomo.

Assemblywoman Marybeth Walsh (R-Saratoga) stated the findings “made my jaw drop.”

The Assembly’s evaluation particulars allegations of sexual misconduct by Cuomo, with a spotlight on two accusers: Brittany Commisso, the state employee who filed a prison grievance in opposition to Cuomo in Albany City Court claiming he groped her within the Executive Mansion in December 2020, and the unnamed state police investigator recognized in James’ report as Trooper #1.

“The new evidence that we obtained — to which Ms. Commisso did not have access — corroborates Ms. Commisso’s recollection about the events of that date,” the report reads.

The report additionally notes that Cuomo “has not publicly denied that he engaged in the conduct described by Trooper #1,” which included touching her inappropriately on her again and abdomen.

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Andrew Cuomo used authorities workers and sources to jot down his $5.2 million pandemic memoir.
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It’s additionally the primary printed report to evaluate the Cuomo administration’s dealing with of COVID-19 in nursing properties and undercounting of deaths in these amenities.

The report’s launch follows almost 9 months of labor compiled by investigators from Davis Polk & Wardwell — the white-shoe regulation agency employed by the state Assembly to deal with the probe — after Heastie introduced in March that the Legislature’s decrease chamber would start an impeachment inquiry.

Heastie referred to as off the impeachment proceedings in August after Cuomo introduced he would resign from workplace, however stated the committee would publish a report detailing its findings. 

Lawmakers who reviewed the report final week stated if the chamber had continued its impeachment investigation, it will have voted to question Cuomo primarily based on the outcomes reviewed.

The Assembly is ready to spend a most of $5.1 million on the trouble, in accordance with a contract with Davis Polk posted on state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s web site.

Meanwhile, Cuomo and his former aides are nonetheless beneath investigation by the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office over the nursing house scandal in addition to the e book deal.

James’ workplace can be conducting a separate prison investigation into the e book contract following a referral from DiNapoli final spring.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the state’s ethics watchdog panel, just lately revoked the approval of the e book deal they granted throughout the summer time of 2020, arguing Cuomo didn’t speak in confidence to the fee forward of time that state workers labored on the e book forward of publication.

Cuomo has to reapply for approval and his $5.1 million revenue could possibly be in jeopardy, because the panel has the ability to tremendous the ex-pol or claw again the whole quantity.

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