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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JUNE 3, 2021 AT 8:42 PM

Paul Plante says:

And here I would like to go back to the Albany, New York Times Union story entitled “Albany mayor backs police chief as police name the latest homicide victim” by Paul Nelson on May 31, 2021, as follows:

Sheehan acknowledged morale within the (Albany, N.Y.) police force is “very challenged” but she insisted the police department could confront the violence, noting arrests were made in several of the recent killings.

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And my goodness, people, why wouldn’t morale within the Albany, New York Police Department be challenged, when it is the police in Albany who are being made out to be the criminals in Albany, as opposed to the real criminals who are coddled in that sick, sanctuary city, and that takes us to another Times Union story to see the further source of that “challenged morale,” this one entitled “AG James, lawmakers introduce bill reforming police use of lethal force – Proposal unveiled as nation approaches one-year mark since death of George Floyd” by Chris Bragg on May 21, 2021, where we have from “Tish,” the New York State Attorney General, as follows:

ALBANY — State Attorney General Letitia James and state lawmakers announced Friday the introduction of legislation designed to raise the legal standard under which members of law enforcement can employ lethal force.

The bill would change the standard in New York from “simple necessity” to an absolute last resort.

“If there is a way to accomplish the officer’s objective without the use of lethal force, we should absolutely demand they take the other path,” James said.

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Now, think about that sentence for a moment, what it really is saying: If there is a way to accomplish the officer’s objective without the use of lethal force, we should absolutely demand they take the other path.

And what pray tell, might the officer’s objective in fact be?

More to the point, what should the officer’s objective be?

And who is going to be the judge of that?

Tish?

And this is the same Tish who was featured in a New York Times story entitled “Letitia James, With Cuomo’s Help, Raises $1 Million in Attorney General Race” where we learned that Letitia James, the New York City public advocate, will have raised $1 million in campaign funds in her race for attorney general, a sign that her partnership with Gov. Andrew Cuomo is paying off.

And that is the same Andrew Cuomo who unilaterally determined that all police agencies in New York state should be “reformed,” so Tish is going to be the reformer, which is kind of unique, given the appearance of Tish in a story in the New York Post entitled “State politicians accepted illegal donations from corporations” by Anna Sanders on July 28, 2018, to wit:

Public Advocate Letitia James accepted at least $5,000 in illegal corporate contributions to her state attorney general campaign, filings show.

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And hey, people, get off her back – it’s New York and that’s the way things are done, so everybody just shut up about it, which takes us back to the Post as follows:

“This law has been routinely violated,” said veteran Albany watcher Blair Horner, of the good government group NYPIRG.

“I don’t know of anyone punished for doing this.”

For her AG campaign, James took $10,000 from Slate Property Group on May 18, her corporate filings show.

She also took $7,500 each from Climatech HVAC Corp. and Ipex Plumbing And Heating Corp. this year.

The James campaign claimed Slate’s campaign contribution reflected sloppy bookkeeping, with the money actually coming came from a limited-liability company of the same name.

LLCs have much higher contribution limits, though government watchdogs decry the loophole for allowing the fat contributions.

James spokeswoman Delaney Kempner said the campaign will return $2,500 to both Climatech and Ipex and will conduct a “full review of donations to make sure there aren’t others over the limit.”

Violations are supposed to be policed by Cuomo appointee Risa Sugarman, the chief enforcement counsel at the Board of Elections.

She is viewed as an ally of the governor.

Sugarman refused to answer questions about enforcement on Friday.

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So no wonder Tish doesn’t like the police!

Which thought takes us back to the Times Union story, to wit:

The bill, which is being sponsored by state Assemblyman Nick Perry and Sen. Kevin Parker, both of Brooklyn, would require officers to consider whether the same outcomes could be possible through the use of non-lethal force.

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Again, what outcomes?

And how much time exactly is the officer supposed to spend meditating on that question?

Getting back to the Times Union, it goes on as follows:

James said the bill would create “real consequences for when an officer crosses the line” through “clear and concise and objective standards.”

Perry said that more than 960 Americans were killed after encounters with police over the past year, and cited statistics that Black citizens were proportionately much more likely to die in such an encounter.

Perry believed there was “significant support” in the Assembly for the idea, while Parker said there was a “big appetite for justice” in the Senate.

Both houses are controlled by Democrats, and have passed other criminal justice reforms in recent years.

The leader of New York City’s largest police officer union reacted unfavorably to the proposed legislation.

“This sweeping proposal would make it impossible for police officers to determine whether or not we are permitted to use force in a given situation,” said Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch.

“The only reasonable solution will be to avoid confrontations where force might become necessary.”

“Meanwhile, violent criminals certainly aren’t hesitating to use force against police officers or our communities.”

“The bottom line: More cops and more regular New Yorkers are going to get hurt.”

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Will Tish care?

Will Andy Cuomo?

Will Biden Elector Kathy Sheehan of the criminal sanctuary city of Albany, New York?

One must seriously doubt it.

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JUNE 5, 2021 AT 5:45 PM

Paul Plante says:

5 June 2021

New York State Senator Daphne Jordan
188 State Street, Legislative Office Bldg., Room 508
Albany, NY 12247

RE: Clarifying the Request of the Rensselaer County Matilda’s Law Survivors

Dear Senator Jordan:

At this juncture, let me make it very clear that we, the survivors of Matilda’s Law in your senatorial district, do not expect anything from yourself for us as individuals, and the dead are past worrying about anything at this point in time.

Rather, we are requesting that you use your good offices as a Senator to see that a Grand Jury is empaneled in your senatorial district so that Health Commissioner Howard Zucker can be called to account before the people to explain his actions as New York State Health Commissioner subsequent to 17 January 2020, when the following was sent out by the State Health Department, to wit:

TO: Healthcare Providers, Healthcare Facilities, Clinical Laboratories, and Local Health Departments (LHDs)

FROM: New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC)

SUMMARY

• The enclosed Health Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updated information about an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019.

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Subsequent thereto, the Office of the Governor released the following press release, to wit:

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

January 24, 2020

Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Outlines State Response to First Two Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus in United States

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of actions to raise awareness and prepare New York State in response to an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced two confirmed cases in the United States – one in Washington State and one in Chicago.

The State Department of Health currently has four persons under investigation for novel coronavirus that are under isolation as their cases are being tested at the CDC.

While the risk for New York is currently low, the Governor is calling for increased vigilance to ensure New Yorkers are protected.

“As we learn about the first confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus in the United States and potentially in New York, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared,” Governor Cuomo said.

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And if the risk for New York was indeed low, and if they were indeed prepared, why did so many people in this state die, so that it is only second to California in body count?

Getting back to the record, it continues as follows:

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

January 26, 2020

Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces State’s Continued Response to Novel Coronavirus as Three More Individuals are Identified for Testing in New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State’s latest efforts to prepare and respond to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China, after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now confirms three cases in the United States.

“While the experts still believe the risk of catching this novel coronavirus is currently low in New York, I want all New Yorkers to know we are prepared and continue to take all necessary steps to keep people informed and safe,” Governor Cuomo said.

“I have directed the Department of Health and other state agencies to continue working closely with the CDC, the World Health Organization, our local and federal government partners, and New York’s healthcare providers to ensure we stay ahead of this situation.”

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And again, we Matilda’s Survivors come back to the same questions of why are there so many dead in this state if the Governor and Health Commissioner Zucker were prepared and taking all necessary steps to keep people informed and safe?

Thereafter, another press release followed, to wit:

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

January 28, 2020

Albany, NY

“My message to New Yorkers is: take this coronavirus seriously, take proper precautions, stay informed, but also feel confident that our Health Department and this administration are prepared and ready.”

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And considering the death toll, were they really prepared and ready?

And if they were truly prepared and ready, and yet all these deaths occurred anyway, then there would have to be culpable behavior on the part of someone either in the Cuomo administration or the State Health Department, and the only way to get those answers is to empanel a grand jury pursuant to §6 of Article I, the Bill of Rights, of the New York State Constitution, which section provides in relevant part that:

No person shall be subject to be twice put in jeopardy for the same offense; nor shall he or she be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself or herself, providing, that any public officer who, upon being called before a grand jury to testify concerning the conduct of his or her present office or of any public office held by him or her within five years prior to such grand jury call to testify, or the performance of his or her official duties in any such present or prior offices, refuses to sign a waiver of immunity against subsequent criminal prosecution, or to answer any relevant question concerning such matters before such grand jury, shall by virtue of such refusal, be disqualified from holding any other public office or public employment for a period of five years from the date of such refusal to sign a waiver of immunity against subsequent prosecution, or to answer any relevant question concerning such matters before such grand jury, and shall be removed from his or her present office by the appropriate authority or shall forfeit his or her present office at the suit of the attorney-general.

The power of grand juries to inquire into the wilful misconduct in office of public officers, and to find indictments or to direct the filing of informations in connection with such inquiries, shall never be suspended or impaired by law.

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Anything your Good Offices can do to make that happen will be to your credit as a Senator and as a citizen of the state.

Respectfully,

Paul Plante, NYSPE

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JUNE 8, 2021 AT 5:04 PM

Paul Plante says:

7 June 2021

New York State Senator Daphne Jordan
188 State Street, Legislative Office Bldg., Room 508
Albany, NY 12247

RE: Request of the Rensselaer County Matilda’s Law Survivors for grand jury investigation, continued …

Dear Senator Jordan:

As we Matilda’s Law survivors in your senatorial district press forward our request that you use your good offices as a Senator to see that a Grand Jury is empaneled in your senatorial district so that Health Commissioner Howard Zucker can be called to account before the people to explain his actions as New York State Health Commissioner subsequent to 17 January 2020 pursuant to §6 of Article I, the Bill of Rights, of the New York State Constitution, which section of our Constitution makes it clear that the power of grand juries to inquire into the wilful misconduct in office of public officers shall never be suspended or impaired by law, we would next draw your attention to §190.05 of Article 190 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law, titled “Grand jury; definition and general functions,” where we have as follows:

A grand jury is a body consisting of not less than sixteen nor more than twenty-three persons, impaneled by a superior court and constituting apart of such court, the functions of which are to hear and examine evidence concerning offenses and concerning misconduct, nonfeasance and neglect in public office, whether criminal or otherwise, and to take action with respect to such evidence as provided in section 190.60.

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For our purposes, with respect to Howard Zucker, we are looking at misconduct, nonfeasance and neglect in public office, which takes us to a news article posted by WRGB entitled “Rensselaer County officials working with state and federal officials on coronavirus issue” by WRGB STAFF, Monday, March 2nd, 2020, which article served to enlighten us as to just how pathetically stupid the response in New York state, the epicenter of COVID in the world, really was, and how negligent and derelict Andy Cuomo and Howard Zucker really were with respect to COVID, as follows:

With confirmed cases of coronavirus in the nation and the state, Rensselaer County health officials took part in calls with the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health regarding the issue.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county.

Federal and state health officials have termed the spread of the illness nationally and in the state as “isolated” cases.

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For the record, that is on March 2, 2020, 54 days or nearly two months AFTER the CDC issued a public health alert about COVID to state and local health officers, state and local epidemiologists, state and local laboratory directors, public information officers, HAN coordinators, and clinician organizations, which would have included Howard Zucker, that we were being told by Federal and state health officials, presumably Howard Zucker, that the spread of COVID nationally and in the state were “isolated” cases.

Getting back to that article which really captures the incompetence of this state’s response to COVID, we have:

“We want residents to know that our team at the Health Department is monitoring this situation closely and working with state and federal officials to share information and get updates.”

“However, there is no need for undue concern or worry,” said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

“We have been informed that New York State remains at a low risk for coronavirus.”

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And now New York state is second in the nation with COVID deaths.

Why?

In a rational world, how could that have happened?

Respectfully,

Paul Plante, NYSPE

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CNBC

"Cuomo violated federal, state laws as he sexually harassed multiple women, NY attorney general says"


Kevin Breuninger @KEVINWILLIAMB Dan Mangan @_DANMANGAN

PUBLISHED TUE, AUG 3 2021

KEY POINTS

* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women who worked for the state and elsewhere, according to a report by state Attorney General Letitia James.

* The investigation concluded that Cuomo “violated federal and state law,” James said at a press conference.

* Cuomo then retaliated against a former employee who complained publicly about his conduct, James’ report says.

* The probe into numerous women’s allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo began in March, after the state’s executive chamber granted James’ request to investigate.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women and then retaliated against a former employee who complained publicly about his conduct, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by state Attorney General Letitia James.

The monthslong probe concluded that Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James said at a press conference.

Her office noted, however, that there were no specific penalties tied to the report.

The 165-page report, which comprises interviews with 179 witnesses and a review of tens of thousands of documents, also said that Cuomo’s office was riddled with fear and intimidation and was a hostile work environment for many staffers.

Cuomo harassed members of his own staff, members of the public and other state employees, one of whom was a state trooper on his protective detail, the report alleges.

He engaged in nonconsensual touching, groping, kissing and hugging, and made inappropriate comments toward numerous women, according to the report.

It also concluded that the governor’s denials “lack credibility” and were “inconsistent with the weight of the evidence” gathered throughout the probe.


A somber but defiant Cuomo strongly denied some of the allegations against him later Tuesday and said that other examples of his alleged misconduct had been mischaracterized or misinterpreted.

The findings reveal “a deeply disturbing, yet clear, picture,” James said, describing Cuomo’s office as “a toxic workplace.”

The announcement came about two weeks after Cuomo was interviewed by investigators retained by James’ office for the probe.

Cuomo was reportedly questioned for 11 hours.

Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins reiterated her prior calls for Cuomo to resign. “It should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as Governor,” she said in a statement.

Mariann Wang, a lawyer for two accusers, Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, said in a statement, “Cuomo’s misogyny and abuse cannot be denied.”

“He has been doing this for years, without any repercussions."

"He should not be in charge of our government and should not be in any position of power over anyone else,” Wang’s statement said.


Debra Katz, an attorney for former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, echoed Wang, saying Cuomo and other complicit staff “must resign immediately.”

“If he does not, the New York State Assembly must accept the Attorney General’s findings and begin taking the appropriate steps to remove him from office,” Katz said in a statement.

The probe into numerous women’s allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo began in March, after the state’s executive chamber granted James’ request to investigate.

Later that same month, dozens of Democratic state lawmakers — including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom Cuomo has long had a fraught relationship — urged the governor to resign.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, also a Democrat, in mid-March authorized a panel to launch an impeachment investigation into the harassment claims and other allegations of wrongdoing by Cuomo, including whether his staff tried to hide or alter data on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.

Cuomo has defended himself against all the allegations and has repeatedly rebuffed calls for his resignation, though he has apologized for making some women feel uncomfortable.

“I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone,” Cuomo said in March.

“I’m not going to resign.”

In a video statement shared later Tuesday after the report came out, Cuomo said “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed.”

“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said.

“I am 63 years old."

"I’ve lived my entire adult life in public view."

"That is just not who I am.”

Cuomo said that some of his behaviors included in the report, such as cupping a woman’s face in his hands in an embrace, were only ever meant to convey warmth.

“I am the same person in public as I am in private,” he said.

But “I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that frankly I hadn’t fully appreciated, and I have learned from this,” Cuomo added.

He said he had brought in an expert to design a new sexual harassment policy and procedures, and that the whole team, himself included, would be retrained.

Cuomo also asserted that “politics and bias are interwoven throughout every aspect of this investigation.”

“One would be naive to think otherwise, and New Yorkers are not naive,” he said.

President Joe Biden has previously said that Cuomo should resign if the allegations against him are confirmed by the investigation.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a briefing later Tuesday said the message from the White House to Cuomo’s accusers is that all women who have “lived through this type of experience” deserve to “be treated with respect and dignity.”

“I don’t know that anyone could have watched [James’ press conference] this morning and not found the allegations to be abhorrent— I know I certainly did,” Psaki said.

Cuomo still had the backing of multiple New York business leaders going into the release of the report.

His reelection campaign raised over $2 million on the backs of the executives, including big donations from real estate executive Stephen Ross and Laurance Rockefeller Jr., a member of the ultrawealthy Rockefeller family.

It’s unclear if those executives will still support him going forward.

Cuomo has previously suggested that the probe was not being conducted in an independent manner, and members of his staff have noted that James could be a potential future gubernatorial candidate in New York.

James at the presser said she was offended by the efforts to undercut and discredit the investigation.

“I believe women."

"And I believe all of these 11 women,” James said.

The report reveals that Cuomo’s younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, was interviewed by investigators.

“During his testimony, Chris Cuomo explained that there was discussion about remedial measures the [Executive] Chamber should take in light of the sexual harassment allegations, but some people had taken the position that ‘they should just wait,’” the report says.

The report also says, “According to internal documents and communications obtained during the investigation, it appears that the Governor’s advisors, including Mr. Pollock and Chris Cuomo, counseled him to express contrition after the press published Ms. Bennett’s allegations.”

The document also details calls to Democratic county executives made by New York’s Covid-19 vaccine czar, Larry Schwartz, gauging whether they thought the governor should resign.

The calls were made at the request of top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, according to the report.

— CNBC’s Brian Schwartz and Christina Wilkie contributed to this report.

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"Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after bombshell sexual harassment report"


Christina Wilkie @CHRISTINAWILKIE

PUBLISHED TUE, AUG 3 2021

KEY POINTS

* President Joe Biden called on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday, following a report that said Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

* “He should resign,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

* Asked whether Cuomo should be removed from office if he refuses to resign, Biden said, “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I do not know that for a fact.”


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden called on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday, following an official report that said Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

“He should resign,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

Asked whether Cuomo should be removed from office if he refuses to resign, Biden said, “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I do not know that for a fact.”

Shortly after Biden’s response, New York State House Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, announced that the chamber would seek to quickly conclude its impeachment inquiry into the governor.

In calling on Cuomo to step down, Biden joined nearly every other major Democratic lawmaker in both Albany and Washington.

But from atop the party leadership, Biden’s demand carries more weight than others.


Cuomo’s press office did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC on the president’s remarks.

The report released Tuesday by state Attorney General Letitia James summarized a monthslong probe by concluding that Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women, and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James said at a press conference.

A somber but defiant Cuomo strongly denied some of those allegations later Tuesday, and said that other examples of his alleged misconduct had been mischaracterized or misinterpreted.

The 165-page report, which comprises interviews with 179 witnesses and a review of tens of thousands of documents, also said that Cuomo’s office was riddled with fear and intimidation, and was a hostile work environment for many staffers.

The women Cuomo is accused of harassing included members of his own staff, members of the public and other state employees, one of whom was a state trooper, the report found.

The wave of demands that Cuomo resign Tuesday represented a stunning fall from grace for a politician who made no secret of his national ambitions, and was widely seen as a potential 2024 Democratic presidential nominee should Biden decide not to run for re-election.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Cuomo maintained close relationships with first the Trump administration and later the Biden administration.

The president’s response came four months after Biden said that if an investigation confirmed allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, then the governor should step down.

Biden said Tuesday that he stood by his March statement.

“I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too,” Biden told ABC News in an interview that aired March 16.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House’s message to Cuomo’s accusers was that all women who “have lived through this type of experience ... deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.”

“I don’t know that anyone could have watched [James’ press conference] this morning and not found the allegations to be abhorrent— I know I certainly did,” said Psaki.

The findings revealed “a deeply disturbing, yet clear, picture,” James said, describing Cuomo’s office as “a toxic workplace.”

Data also provided by Reuters

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"Sheriff: Aide who accused Cuomo files criminal complaint"


By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press

5 AUGUST 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her breast at the governor's state residence filed a criminal complaint against him, the Albany County Sheriff's office said Friday.

The complaint, filed Thursday with the sheriff's office, is the first known instance where a woman has made an official report with a law enforcement agency over alleged misconduct by Cuomo.


Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told the New York Post it is possible the Democratic governor could be arrested if investigators or the county district attorney determine he committed a crime.

“The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest,” he told the newspaper, which was the first to report on the complaint.

“Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it,” Apple said.

Apple didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

His office confirmed to The AP that the report had been filed.

The Cuomo aide who filed the report has accused him of reaching under her shirt and fondling her when they were alone together at the Executive Mansion last year.

The woman also told investigators with the attorney general’s office that Cuomo once rubbed her rear end while they were posing together for a photo.


The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately provide a copy of the complaint.

A request for comment was sent to Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin.

The Albany County district attorney would not confirm that they received a complaint, saying they had no plans to release any information because "this is an ongoing matter that is under review,” spokesperson Cecilia Walsh said in an email.

Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately.

His lawyers have acknowledged that Cuomo and the woman met together on the day of the alleged encounter, but said he never groped her.

Calls for Cuomo's resignation or impeachment soared this week after an independent investigation overseen by the state attorney general's office concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers.

Prosecutors in several New York counties have said they are interested in investigating claims of inappropriate touching by Cuomo, but all had said they needed the women involved in the allegations to make a formal report.

The Albany Police Department, the primary law enforcement agency for the city, had been informed of the woman's allegations regarding the encounter at the mansion several months ago and had spoken to her lawyer, but didn't open an investigation at the time because she didn't make a report.

The criminal investigation comes as lawmakers were moving toward a likely impeachment proceeding over the allegations.

Lawyers working for the state Assembly sent a letter to Cuomo Thursday giving him until Aug. 13 to respond to the allegations against him or provide documents to bolster his defense.

The state Assembly’s judiciary committee plans to meet Monday to discuss the possibility of impeachment proceedings.

A majority of members of the legislative body have already said they favor an impeachment trial if he won't resign.

__ AP reporter Michael Hill contributed from Albany, N.Y.

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"Kathy Hochul vows big change from ‘toxic’ Cuomo administration, will fire ‘unethical’ staffers"


Dan Mangan @_DANMANGAN Annika Kim Constantino @ANNIKAKIMC

PUBLISHED WED, AUG 11 2021

KEY POINTS

* New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she is ready to take over as governor from Andrew Cuomo, and vowed not to have a “toxic” workplace as Cuomo allegedly has had for three terms.

* The Democrat Hochul also said she would get rid of any Cuomo staffer who was involved in “unethical” conduct in retaliating against women who accused him of sexual harassment.

* White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden expects to speak with Hochul soon.


New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that she is ready to take over as governor from Andrew Cuomo in two weeks, and vowed not to have a “toxic” workplace, as Cuomo allegedly has had for three terms.

Hochul also said she would get rid of any Cuomo staffer who was involved in “unethical” conduct in retaliating against at least one of the multiple women who accused the disgraced Democratic governor of sexual harassment.


“The governor and I have not been close,” Hochul told reporters at her first news conference, a day after Cuomo stunned the state with his announcement that he will resign later this month to avoid an all-but-certain impeachment.

“And when my term ends, nobody will ever describe my term as a toxic workplace environment.”

Hochul also said, “I’m fully prepared to assume the responsibilities of the 57th governor of New York.”

Hochul, whose term as governor will expire in late 2022, said she had already held meetings and calls with members of the New York legislature, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., former Sen. Hillary Clinton, as well as business and faith leaders, and other governors of Northeast states.

“Over the next two weeks, I will continue meetings with current and potential Cabinet officials,” she said.

“I’ll build out my senior staff."

"And I’ll do what I’ve always done."

"I will travel the state to meet New Yorkers, to listen to them, to assure them that I’ve got their backs.” Hochul said she expects to pick her own lieutenant governor within the next two weeks, before becoming governor herself.

Cuomo, 63, resigned a week after a bombshell report issued by the office of state Attorney General Letitia James concluded he had sexually harassed 11 women, including current and former state workers, and presided over a “toxic” environment in the governor’s office.

James said Cuomo broke federal and state laws with his unwanted touching and sexually suggestive comments.

The report also found that top Cuomo aides, including Melissa DeRosa, had retaliated against former government official Lindsey Boylan after she went public with her claims of being harassed by Cuomo.

He denied sexually harassing people, but conceded that some of his comments made women uncomfortable, and he apologized for that.

“Nobody named in that report doing anything unethical will remain in my administration,” said Hochul, a Buffalo Democrat who turns 63 years old later this month.

She refused to answer a question from a reporter about whether she would consider pardoning Cuomo if he is criminally charged in connection with his alleged harassment.

Five district attorneys’ offices around the state are known to be probing whether the governor committed such crimes in their respective counties.

“It is far too premature to even have those conversations,” Hochul said, regarding a possible pardon for Cuomo, whose conduct she described last week as “repulsive” and “unlawful.”

But Hochul did answer when asked if she will, as governor, release data about Covid-related deaths of nursing home patients in the state.

The Cuomo administration has controversially suppressed that data, even as Cuomo himself landed a multimillion-dollar book deal for his account of how he led New York through the coronavirus pandemic.

“My administration will be fully transparent when I’m governor,” Hochul said.

“I’m not governor yet.”

She said she had spoken to Cuomo about taking over as governor.

“I’m looking forward to a smooth transition, which he promised,” Hochul said.

“He spoke to me about wanting to make sure that the transition to continuity is important and that I have an opportunity to meet the Cabinet officials, other people as well.”

She said she had been unaware of the sexual harassment of women by Cuomo — or of the bullying nature of his executive office — but also said she had strongly advocated his administration’s policies.

“With respect to the particular environment and the reputation of the current of the current administration, I think it’s pretty clear and it’s no secret that we have not been close,” Hochul said.

“And I’ve not been associated with that.”

But, she added, “I know the job, I fought for the same policies, that’s why I’m more prepared than anyone could possibly be for this position.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday at a news briefing that President Joe Biden expects to speak with Hochul in coming days.

Biden is looking forward to working with Hochul to “continue to get the pandemic under control, to put the people of New York back to work, and to move forward as federal and state partners,” Psaki said.

Hochul revealed at her news conference that Biden tried to call her when she was on a plane earlier Wednesday.

Hochul became Cuomo’s second lieutenant governor in 2014.

She served the remainder of a single term in Congress after winning a special election in 2011, and before that held a series of local positions in New York.

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THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

"On his way out the door, Cuomo grants clemency to a terrorist"


Zachary Faria

25 AUGUST 2021

On his way out the door, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had one final gift for the people of New York: commuting the sentence of a terrorist.

Cuomo commuted the sentence of David Gilbert, the father of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Boudin had previously asked Cuomo to help his father, who he felt was treated too harshly by the criminal justice system.

According to Boudin, Gilbert was simply an unarmed getaway driver.

But Gilbert wasn’t just some guy taking part in an armed robbery gone awry.

Gilbert was a member of the terrorist organization the Weather Underground.

He took part in a planned raid of a Brinks armored truck, which ultimately ended in the deaths of a Brinks guard and two police officers.


Gilbert showed no remorse during the trial.

The New York Times reported that, during their sentencing, Gilbert and the other defendants were laughing and exchanging clench-fist salutes with their followers in the spectators’ gallery.

Gilbert said, “The rulers, the rich, and their armed mercenaries are the only lives valued by this court."

"We say that if they sentence us to 1,000 years or shoot us at dawn tomorrow, it will not save this social system.”

That was Gilbert’s view of the planned armed heist he took part in that killed Brinks guard Peter Paige and police officers Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown.

Those were the real victims, not Gilbert and his fellow terrorists.

But Cuomo wanted to grant a political favor on his way out the door.

Cuomo also granted clemency to four convicted murderers, only two of whom (Paul Clark and Greg Mingo) maintain their innocence.

Robert Ehrenberg shot and killed a man during a 1992 robbery, and Ulysses Boyd, along with two associates, beat a man after ordering him to leave a crack house before Boyd (according to testimony) ordered one of his associates to kill him.


None of this is much of a shock, and there is really nothing more that can be written about Cuomo, an elitist who thought he was above all consequences for his boorish behavior.

He is an awful person to those who work around him and refuses any accountability for the damage he caused as governor.

This act is one final spit in the face of New Yorkers, especially those who serve in law enforcement, but thankfully, it is indeed the final act for the worst governor in the country.

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