ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie and Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee Charles Lavine have chosen The Davis Polk and Wardwell Law Firm to lead the investigation.
Heastie says Davis Polk will “give the committee the experience, independence, and resources needed to handle this important investigation in a thorough and expeditious manner.”
Governor Cuomo gave his reaction to the news in a phone press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“I am not going to take any questions or have any comments on the review at this time. Let the lawyers do their job and let them conduct the review,” Cuomo said. “And then we can talk about it when we have facts established or a specific situation relative to the review.”
“But other than that, I’m going to respect the review, and I won’t comment on it or related matters,” the governor added.
When asked about the accusations faced by Charolette Bennett, Cuomo reiterated during his call that he will “respect the review and won’t comment on issues subject to the review.”
He also weighed in on what President Biden had to say in regards to the harassment review.
“What President Biden said was ‘we should do an investigation.’ The question to President Biden starts with ‘do you think the governor should resign or do you think there should be a review first?’ And the President said there should be a review,” Cuomo said. “I agree with him on that the people of New York agree with him on that.”
He went on to say, “the Siena Poll said 50 to 35, or something like that, that I should not resign. Thirty-five said I should resign. Thirty-five percent would say I should resign anyway.”
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