ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested the state’s lawyer basic and chief appeals court docket decide to collectively appoint an impartial lawyer to research claims he sexually harassed at the least two girls who labored for him.
It was unclear whether or not the proposal would appease legislative leaders and different prime Democrats who had assailed Cuomo’s preliminary plan to nominate a retired federal decide to overview his office conduct.
“The Governor’s Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach,” Beth Garvey, particular counsel to the governor, mentioned. “We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics.”
Garvey mentioned the Democratic governor’s administration has requested Attorney General Letitia James and Janet DiFiore, chief decide of the Court of Appeals, to collectively choose “an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report.”
Garvey mentioned that report could be solely managed by the lawyer doing the overview.
The administration’s proposal got here virtually concurrently with a press release from James calling on Cuomo to difficulty an government order placing her in unique management of the inquiry. She mentioned such a referral would empower to difficulty subpoenas, enforceable in court docket.
“There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary,” James mentioned. “I urge the governor to make this referral immediately.”
The disaster now enveloping Cuomo’s workplace developed quickly after a second lady on Saturday went public with a narrative about being harassed by the governor within the office.
Charlotte Bennett, a low-level aide within the governor’s administration till November, instructed The New York Times that Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her intercourse life, together with whether or not she ever had intercourse with older males.
Her accusation got here days after one other former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for financial growth and particular adviser to the governor, elaborated on harassment allegations she first made in December. Boylan mentioned Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss and inappropriate feedback.
Cuomo mentioned in a press release Saturday he had supposed to be a mentor for Bennett, who’s 25. He has denied Boylan’s allegations.
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