Groping allegation against Cuomo referred to Albany Police

Cuomo Under Fire

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, Albany’s police department received a report of the alleged groping incident at the Executive Mansion involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a female aide. The Office of the Governor said that the aide’s attorney did not want to file a report, but that the Office was obligated to do so.

Cuomo has said that he’s never touched anyone appropriately.

The Albany Police Department’s public information officer, Steve Smith, is quoted extensively throughout a story published by The New York Times. In it, he said they didn’t receive a formal complaint from the unidentified accuser, but that they’d contacted a representative for her.

Smith said there is no criminal investigation, but that the accusation may reach “the level of a crime.” He said they received a referral from State Police following Wednesday night’s publication of the latest accusation against the governor.

However, Beth Garvey, the governor’s acting counsel, said in a statement Thursday that as a matter of state policy, the woman who made the allegations was told she should contact her local police department. She said she called the police herself when the woman declined, through her lawyer, to make a formal complaint.

“As a matter of state policy when allegations of physical contact are made, the agency informs the complainant that they should contact their local police department. If they decline, the agency has an obligation to reach out themselves and inform the department of the allegation. 

In this case the person is represented by counsel and when counsel confirmed the client did not want to make a report, the state notified the police department and gave them the attorney’s information.”

Beth Garvey, acting counsel to Gov. Cuomo

On Wednesday night, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan released a statement about involvement from local police:

“The act of speaking out after being victimized can be a deeply painful and traumatic experience. The young woman referenced in recent reports has the right to determine who she speaks to regarding her experience and when. The Attorney General has commenced an investigation into previous allegations against the Governor, and I have the utmost confidence in her ability to investigate this latest report.

“At this time no criminal complaint involving this matter has been filed by the victim with the Albany Police Department, but Chief Hawkins assured me this evening that APD stands ready to assist any victim who seeks to come forward.”

Kathy Sheehan
Mayor of Albany

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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