Attorney General James Calls for Official Referral from Governor Cuomo to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Harassment

New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement calling for a referral from Governor Andrew Cuomo to investigate allegations of sexual harassment:

“Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously. There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary. Given state law, this can only be accomplished through an official referral from the governor’s office based on State Law (§ 63-8) and must include subpoena power. I urge the governor to make this referral immediately.”

NYS Attorney General Latitia James

Sunday Morning, Attorney General James released an initial statement calling for a referral from Governor Cuomo to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment, and, later, clarified that nothing less than a referral under Executive Law § 63(8) would be accepted.

Statement from Beth Garvey, Special Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Governor

“The Governor’s Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach.  We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics.

“Accordingly we have asked the Attorney General of New York State and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to jointly select an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report. The work product will be solely controlled by that independent lawyer personally selected by the Attorney General and Chief Judge.

All members of the Governor’s office will cooperate fully.  We will have no further comment until the report is issued.”

Statement from Senator John W. Mannion 

John W. Mannion

Syracuse, NY – State Senator John W. Mannion today released the following statement:

“These allegations are deeply troubling and no person should be subjected to what has been reported. An investigation that is fair and independent should commence immediately.”