Members of the New York Meeting’s Judiciary Committee started studying copies of a report on Thursday that delves into allegations in opposition to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The report is anticipated to put out the committee’s findings into allegations the Democrat sexually harassed aides, understated the toll of COVID-19 deaths in nursing houses, unethically used state assets for a e-book deal and prioritized virus testing for members of his internal circle.
Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine mentioned members might be reviewing the report Thursday and Friday.
Lavine once more promised that the report can be launched “quickly,” though it’s unclear when, or whether or not the Judiciary Committee will maintain a gathering first.
Cuomo’s legal professional Rita Glavin argued the committee shouldn’t launch its findings earlier than sharing all of the underlying proof with Cuomo.
However Lavine informed reporters Thursday the ex-governor’s staff isn’t entitled to see what’s within the report first, WNYT-TV reported.
In March, the New York Meeting employed the legislation agency Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to steer its wide-ranging impeachment investigation of the previous governor. State contract data present Davis Polk & Wardwell obtained a $5.1 million contract to steer the committee’s investigation.
Cuomo resigned in August and prevented a possible impeachment trial amid findings that he sexually harassed at the very least 11 girls. Cuomo has mentioned he by no means supposed to the touch anybody inappropriately or make inappropriate remarks.
Assemblymember Mike Montesano, a Republican, mentioned the report finds Cuomo created a hostile work surroundings, and substantiated allegations made by a feminine state trooper in addition to a former Cuomo government assistant Brittany Commisso.
The trooper known as Cuomo’s habits “creepy” and mentioned he subjected her to sexually suggestive remarks, an undesirable kiss and undesirable concerning her abdomen and again. Commisso mentioned Cuomo groped her breasts and made undesirable sexual remarks to her.
“Sexual harassment was a part of the on a regular basis office within the government chamber,” Montesano mentioned.
Pushing again in opposition to allegations he misused state assets, Cuomo has mentioned employees volunteered their time on his e-book, just like how legislative workers could assist at a marketing campaign occasion at night time.
However Montesano mentioned the report discovered Cuomo used state assets and workers to supply his e-book in violation of the state’s public officer’s legislation.
Montesano mentioned investigators checked out timesheets and testimony from Cuomo aides. He mentioned the report relies on 600,000 pages of documentary proof and the legislation agency’s personal interviews with 165 individuals, and is about 45 pages lengthy.
“When he says it’s political, it’s all fact-based,” Montesano mentioned. Cuomo has mentioned the investigation was politically motivated.
Concerning the investigation into deaths in New York’s nursing houses through the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuomo says his administration for months excluded sure deaths from the state’s toll of nursing house residents who died of the virus as a result of it wanted time to confirm that information.
He’s additionally mentioned his administration supplied precedence testing to anybody who got here involved with Cuomo, not simply his internal circle.
Assemblymember Tom Abinanti, a Democrat, reviewed the report Thursday however mentioned he couldn’t focus on any particulars.
“There’s nothing in right here that individuals might be shocked at,” Abinanti mentioned. He known as it “succinct,” “readable” and freed from “legalese.”
He expects Lavine, the judiciary committee chair, to announce subsequent steps for the committee someday Friday, in spite of everything members have reviewed the report.
Lavine informed reporters Thursday that Cuomo didn’t sit down with investigators to offer testimony for the investigation, and Glavin mentioned the governor supplied a written response.
Some lawmakers on the Meeting Judiciary Committee mentioned Thursday they wouldn’t remark till the report is public.
Lavine has beforehand mentioned Davis Polk attorneys spoke with attorneys representing about 75 individuals and entities for the investigation, and reviewed “tens of hundreds of pages of paperwork” starting from emails and texts to pictures, personnel data, coaching supplies and insurance policies.