Cuomo sex harassment investigation will take months

Cuomo sex harassment investigation will take months
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Don’t wait up for the results of the state Assembly’s investigation into sex harassment claims against Governor Cuomo.

The head of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee - where the investigation will take place - said Tuesday to expect it to take months.

“At his early stage, it’s not possible to say precisely how long the investigation will take,” said Assemblyman Charles Lavine.

“Given the breadth and seriousness of the issues under investigation, we expect that the timing will be in terms of months, rather than weeks.”

The Assembly launched what was described as an impeachment investigation after dozens of Democratic members said they wanted Cuomo to resign.

An outside law firm, Davis Polk, has been hired to conduct the investigation.

“We have asked Davis Polk to prioritize the investigation, and to work expediently, and they will,” Lavine said.

But his acknowledgement that the investigation will take months will only add to skepticism about the Assembly’s probe. Some of Cuomo’s accusers have said they will not cooperate with the investigation, and some Democratic members of the Assembly have questioned whether the investigation exists simply to provide cover to Cuomo.

A second, completely separate investigation is being run by state Attorney General Letitia James.

As of Tuesday, a total of nine women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of either sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct. He has denied ever touching anyone inappropriately, but has acknowledged some of his words and actions made women uncomfortable.

Cuomo and his top aides are also under scrutiny for the way they counted nursing home deaths from COVID. Critics believe a Cuomo policy led to COVID spreading in nursing homes and killing an unknown number of people who would not otherwise have died, and that he then systematically under-counted the number of nursing home deaths in order to conceal the true toll from the public.

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