Gov. Harassment Allegations: Former Federal Prosecutor Named Independent Investigator

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(WIVB)– Barbara Jones, who is already looking into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s conduct on other matters, has a deep history in law.

Jones served 16 years as U.S. district court judge for the Southern District of New York, a position she was appointed to in 1995 by former President Bill Clinton.

Prior to that, she was an assistant U.S. attorney for the same district, Jones has also taught and Fordham law and New York University.

She now works for a private law firm, which says on its website her focuses include government enforcement and investigations

Beth Garvey, who is counsel to the governor says, “There are no limits on the scope of Judge Jones’ review.”

“Ms. Bennett’s concerns were treated with sensitivity and respect and in accordance with applicable law and policy.

The matter was promptly escalated to special counsel. Ms. Bennett received the transfer she requested to a position in which she had expressed a long-standing interest, and was thoroughly debriefed on the facts which did not include a claim of physical contact or inappropriate sexual conduct. She was consulted regarding the resolution, and expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the way in which it was handled.

The determination reached based on the information Ms Bennett provided was that no further action was required which was consistent with Ms Bennett’s wishes.

Although in no way required by law, the Governor has requested an independent review and all staff will cooperate in that endeavor. Former Federal Judge Barbara Jones will lead the review.”

Beth Garvey, Special Counsel And Senior Advisor To The Governor

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