Ex-governor Cuomo sees another charge dropped — Analysis

The district attorney said they simply cannot meet the ‘burden for trial,’ but they found the accuser to be ‘credible’

Andrew Cuomo (ex-Gov. of New York) was awarded a second victory this week when Albany County said they would not be pursuing a charge for touching the disgraced Democrat.

The charges in this particular matter against Cuomo were originally filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, though they will now be dismissed. 

“While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial,”David Soares, County District Attorney, announced the news in a statement on Tuesday. 

Cuomo received numerous accusations of sexual misconduct from former staffers during his final months of office. This alleged incident, which was once a possibility of being brought up in criminal proceedings, took place at Cuomo’s executive mansion on December 20, 2020. The complaint, filed in October, claimed Cuomo forced his hand under the complainant’s blouse forcibly and for “no legitimate reason.”

Cuomo denied all allegations, as well as other misconduct accusations. 

“I would have to lose my mind to do such a thing,”He said it in deposition.  

District Attorneys have investigated other instances of harassment but no charges have yet been filed. 

Probe of nursing home deaths finalized in New York

This case had already faced delays as the district attorney’s office appeared to accuse the sheriff’s office of filing charges too soon, saying in a November filing that they were still conducting an investigation, delaying an originally scheduled arraignment. 

Soares, however, stated that he believed the complainant was innocent in the matter. “cooperative”And “credible.”

Harassment allegations are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Cuomo’s controversies. After a controversial order requiring nursing homes within the state to admit positive Covid-positive patients during the Covid-19 epidemic, Cuomo also was accused of misleadingly reporting deaths at nursing homes, increasing the death toll. The Manhattan district attorney announced this week, however, that the probe into the claims has ended with no charges being filed, according to Cuomo’s legal team. 

Cuomo saw his star rise significantly during the pandemic, with frequent press conferences making national news and the governor setting himself up as one of former President Donald Trump’s most vocal critics. 

In August, after too many of his controversies, the Democrat resigned. 

On top of sexual harassment allegations and the nursing home death controversy, Cuomo also riled up critics by publishing a book on his ‘leadership’ during the Covid-19 pandemic, released in the fall of 2020, when the pandemic was still very much active. Following allegations that staff members had volunteered time to work on the book – for which the governor was paid seven figures – a state ethics board last month ordered Cuomo to fork over his book profits, concluding the former governor misused state resources for his own gain. 



Related Articles

Back to top button