Assemblywoman Buttenschon: Judiciary Committee Report Paints Clear Picture of Harassment, Misuse of State Resources

“Earlier today, the Assembly Judiciary Committee released the findings of its investigation into alleged misconduct by former Gov. Cuomo. The report demonstrates clearly that the former governor engaged in sexual harassment as well as directed staffers to improperly work on his pandemic book and obfuscate a damning state Health Department report on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.[1] Outside counsel Davis Polk & Wardell interviewed hundreds of witnesses and gathered hundreds of thousands of documents to complete this detailed report.

“I want to thank Speaker Heastie and the Judiciary Committee members for working together to diligently and thoroughly investigate the accusations. Since the governor is no longer in office, the Legislature can’t pursue impeachment. However, it was important to publicly release the findings and share them with relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that any actions in civil or criminal court can move forward. The report makes it clear that the former governor violated the public trust and misappropriated state resources for personal gain. Sexual harassment has no place in our state – whether in the governor’s office or in any other workplace – and I’ll keep working to protect New Yorkers from toxic, abusive work environments.”