Capitol Notes

Hochul silent on misconduct allegations against Cuomo

Senate Ethics Committee Chair Alessandra Biaggi isn’t surprised that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul hasn’t commented on allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“I would love to see the lieutenant governor weigh in because she is a member of that administration, whether or not the governor wants to admit that or not,” Biaggi told The Capitol Pressroom in an interview recorded on Thursday.

“But (Hochul) is still a duly elected member of that administration and it would be very encouraging to legislators, like myself, and members of the public if she did speak out,” the senator added.

A spokesperson for Hochul did not respond to an inquiry about the allegations on Thursday and she has been silent about the matter on social media. Cuomo has not publicly addressed the claims himself, but a spokesperson said Wednesday that they were false.

In 2017, after the Cuomo administration came under fire for its handling of the departure of Sam Hoyt, a top economic development official accused of harassment at the time, Hochul told WBFO Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt that “there is no tolerance for harassment in the workplace in the state of new York.”

“People should feel free, that there’s an environment where we want to hear your view … If something has happened with an employee of the state of New York, yes, this should be investigated,” she said at the time.

The legislative leaders have both issued statements condemning the type of behavior alleged by the governor, but they stopped short of calling for an inquiry into their fellow Democrat. State Attorney General Letitia James is mulling an investigation into the allegations, according to the New York Post.

 

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