NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not going to be going through felony fees over an alleged incident that came about at Belmont Park in Sept. 2019.
A feminine state trooper accused the governor of working the palm of his hand throughout her abdomen as she held the door open for him. The trooper informed investigators she “felt utterly violated” by Cuomo.
Appearing Nassau County District Lawyer Joyce Smith launched the next assertion concerning the resolution:
The NCDA has concluded its investigation into allegations of misconduct by former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at Belmont Racetrack in September 2019 as detailed within the Lawyer Normal’s report. Our exhaustive investigation discovered the allegations credible, deeply troubling, however not felony beneath New York regulation. You will need to notice that our investigation was restricted to alleged conduct at Belmont Racetrack, and prosecutors in different jurisdictions proceed to assessment different allegations of misconduct by Mr. Cuomo. We thank the courageous people who got here ahead and cooperated with our workplace throughout this investigation, and gratefully acknowledge our colleagues, Lawyer Normal James and the New York State Meeting, for his or her diligence and collaboration.
Smith opened the investigation after particulars of the encounter appeared in Attorney General Letitia James‘ August report on sexual harassment allegations towards Cuomo. The report chronicled accusations from 11 ladies and led to Cuomo’s resignation from workplace, although he has attacked the findings as biased and inaccurate.
A message in search of remark was left with Cuomo’s spokesperson.
In response to James’ report, the trooper stated Cuomo ran the palm of his left hand throughout her stomach, to her stomach button after which to her proper hip, the place she saved her gun, whereas she held a door open for him as he left an occasion at Belmont Park on Sept. 23, 2019.
Cuomo was on the state-owned racetrack, residence to the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, to break floor on a brand new area for the NHL’s New York Islanders. The sector, adjoining to the observe’s foremost grandstand and paddock, opened final month.
The trooper, a member of Cuomo’s safety element, informed James’ investigators that Cuomo’s conduct on the occasion made her really feel “utterly violated as a result of to me, like that’s between my chest and my privates.”
James’ report stated that though the trooper was upset by Cuomo’s undesirable touching, she didn’t really feel she might do something about it.
“I’m a trooper, newly assigned to the journey crew. Do I need to make waves? No,” she stated, in response to the report. “I’ve heard horror tales about individuals getting kicked off the element or transferred over like little issues. … I had no plans to report it.”
The trooper informed James’ investigators that what occurred at Belmont Park was simply one among many situations of Cuomo’s “flirtatious” and “creepy” habits towards her.
One time, in an elevator, he traced his finger from her neck to her again, she stated. One other time, he requested to kiss her within the driveway outdoors his Mount Kisco residence, she stated.
“I bear in mind simply freezing, being — behind my head, I’m like, oh, how do I say no politely?” she informed investigators.
The Nassau County investigation was restricted to the encounter at Belmont Park, which is on the county’s border with New York Metropolis. Authorities in different components of the state have been wanting into different allegations in James’ report.
In October, the Albany County sheriff’s workplace filed a misdemeanor groping criticism towards Cuomo, however per week later the district legal professional requested a choose for extra time to judge the proof.
The D.A. stated that the sheriff’s one-page felony criticism, primarily based on allegations from a lady who stated Cuomo slid his hand up her shirt and grabbed her breast on the governor’s mansion in late 2020, was “doubtlessly faulty.”
On the prosecutor’s request, a court docket delayed Cuomo’s scheduled arraignment till Jan. 7.
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