ALBANY – Jamestown’s representative in the New York State Senate is calling for an independent investigation into sexual harassment claims against the state’s Governor.
New York State Senator George Borrello is among other lawmakers calling for an immediate investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo alleged sexual harassment of two former aides.
“A full and independent investigation of these allegations needs to begin immediately, by a Special Prosecutor appointed by the Attorney General,” said Borrello in a statement. “The Governor’s attempt to steer the investigation to someone of his choosing is offensive and wholly unacceptable. We owe it to these brave women and all New Yorkers to get to the truth.”
The Senator says the women have shown great courage in coming forward, even though they might face media scrutiny as Cuomo’s administration denies the claims.
New York State’s Attorney General says her office will launch an official probe on the matter.
In a statement on Monday, Attorney General Letitia James says she expects to receive a referral with subpoena power to investigate the allegations.
“The referral would be made solely to the Attorney General’s office,” wrote James in a statement. “This is not a responsibility we take lightly. We will hire a law firm, deputize them as attorneys of our office, and oversee a rigorous and independent investigation.”
Two claims of misconduct have been lodged against Cuomo, with the most recent accusation made over the weekend.