Cuomo attorney demands AG’s recusal in future probe

Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/TNS Former New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whose lawyer continues to castigate the state Attorney General for her probe into allegations of Cuomo misconduct while in office.

ALBANY — Local elected officials applauded the criminal charges announced Thursday against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling it “a step in the inexorable march toward justice” for New York state’s former chief executive.

Cuomo was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor sex offense related to the allegations that he groped a staffer at the Executive Mansion in Albany last year.

A number of state elected officials issued comments and statements following the announcement about the charges.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said the charge backed up the findings of the investigation her office oversaw.

“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor,” James said in a statement. “The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”

James released the report of the investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment in early August. Cuomo stepped down Aug. 10.

The summons for the criminal charge was filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. It accuses the governor of reaching under the blouse of a woman and groping her left breast Dec. 7 of last year.

According to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Cuomo is due to appear in court Nov. 17.

“It is a relief to see that former Gov. Cuomo will finally face justice for his wrongdoings, after so many credible allegations against him came to light in the last year,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie. “It is my sincere hope that the governor will be made to answer for all of the harm he’s done to others, both as a citizen and as an elected official. Nobody is above the law.”

Tague said he was grateful for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and their work on the case and to the brave women who came forward to share their stories even when they were threatened with retaliation.

Another local elected officials who commended the recent charge against Cuomo is state Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon.

“Reports that a criminal complaint is being filed against ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly sexually assaulting an aide is welcome news and marks another necessary step in the inexorable march toward justice for the many women he repeatedly victimized. I again applaud the courageous women who stood up to this bully. The pending criminal complaint against Cuomo confirms the validity and veracity of the State Attorney General’s report. Cuomo must face justice.”

Tribune News Service contributed to this story.

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