Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is formally asking for investigative materials stemming from the Attorney General’s probe of sexual misconduct allegations involving Governor Andrew Cuomo, Gothamist/WNYC has learned.
According to a statement from Danny Frost, Vance’s Senior Advisor and Director of Communications, the office is looking into records in the Attorney General’s possession “pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan.”
The move follows yesterday’s release of a bombshell independent investigation, made public by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which found that he had sexually harassed 11 women, prompting Democratic leaders from across the region and country—including House Speeaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden—to demand his resignation.
In a letter sent to the Attorney Genera’s office on Wednesday, Vance’s staff asked for “any and all investigative materials” relating to two “potential sex crimes” involving Cuomo detailed, which were detailed in the AG’s report. One concerned “unwelcome touching” that a state trooper alleged took place at the Governor’s New York City Office. The other allegation came from an unnamed employee of a state entity who claimed that Cuomo tapped and grabbed her buttocks as he was taking photos with attendees at an event in September of 2019.
Another allegation in the report, which was not specifically referred to in the Manhattan DA’s letter, came from Lindsey Boylan, a former state economic development deputy secretary, who accused Cuomo of kissing her without her consent at the end of a one-on-one meeting in his New York City office in 2018. In response to that specific allegation, which became public earlier this year, Cuomo’s executive staff attempted to undermine Boylan, leaking confidential personnel information about her to the press, according to the Attorney General’s report.
Vance’s announcement follows Wednesday morning’s news that Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah has also formally asked the Attorney General for investigative materials stemming from the damning investigation. According to a copy of the request letter reviewed by WNYC/Gothamist, Westchester prosecutors are interested in one of the 11 complainants, the state trooper who alleged that Cuomo made inappropriate sexual comments and twice tried to kiss her there.
“Yesterday our office became aware of the final independent report from Attorney General Letitia James’ office regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s conduct,” said Rocah in a statement. “As some of the Governor’s conduct described in the report occurred in Westchester County, we have formally requested investigative materials obtained by the AG’s Office. As this is an ongoing investigation, we will not comment further at this time.”
Meanwhile, in Albany County, District Attorney David Soares announced that his office would launch a criminal investigation into the incident where an executive assistant to the governor said he groped her in the Executive Mansion.
In an address to the public yesterday, Cuomo denied wrongdoing. Spokespeople for Cuomo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.