Albany, NY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the attorney general and the appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent attorney to investigate allegations that he sexually molested at least two women who worked for him.
The move came after lawmakers attacked Cuomo’s plan to appoint a retired federal judge to conduct the investigation.
“The governor’s office wants a review of allegations of sexual harassment made against the governor to be unrewarded,” said Beth Garvey, special adviser to the governor. “We selected former federal judge Barbara Jones, who is known for her qualifications and integrity, but we also want to avoid perceiving a lack of independence or inferring politics.”
Garvey said the Democratic governor’s administration had asked Attorney General Letitia James and Chief Justice of the Appeals Court Janet DiFiore “to jointly select an independent and qualified attorney in private practice with no political affiliation to conduct a thorough examination of the matter and raise a question.” make public report. “
Garvey said the report “is controlled solely by the independent attorney personally selected by the attorney general and the chief judge.”
Charlotte Bennett, a low-ranking advisor in the governor’s administration until November, told the New York Times on Saturday that Cuomo had asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she had ever had sex with older men.
Another former adviser, Lindsey Boylan, a former assistant secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, recently accused Cuomo of exposing her to an unwanted kiss and inappropriate comment.
Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday that he intended to mentor Bennett, who is 25 years old. He has denied Boylan’s allegations.