Under pressure, powerful New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed on Sunday, February 28, thatan independent investigation is carried out into allegations of sexual harassment that affect you, without succeeding in extinguishing the controversy over who should carry out these investigations.
After highly detailed allegations Wednesday from one of her former advisers, Lindsey Boylan, 36, a second former collaborator, Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused the governor on Saturday of having sexually harassed her in the spring of 2020, when Cuomo had taken office. the role of managing the pandemic.
The 63-year-old governor, who has ruled New York State for 10 years, initially reacted by announcing that he had asked a former federal judge to conduct a “full review” of these allegations, while refuting them. But several personalities, local elected officials but also the young Democratic star of Congress, the New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or the Senator of Hawaii Mazie Hirono, estimated on Sunday that the investigation should not be carried out by a former judge who has worked for a long time. with someone close to Mr. Cuomo, but by Democratic State Attorney Letitia James.
The prosecutor, who many believe could run for governor in the upcoming elections scheduled for late 2022, also intervened, asking Cuomo to turn the case over to her “immediately.” Faced with these criticisms, the governor made another proposal, however, entrusting the investigation directly to Ms. James.
“We want to avoid even the impression of lack of independence and political interference,” said Councilwoman Beth Garvey. “We therefore asked the state attorney and the chief judge of the appellate courts to jointly select a private, independent attorney with no political affiliation.” But Mrs. James said “not accept the governor’s proposal“I am the elected prosecutor and it is my responsibility” to lead the investigation, she said in a new statement, asking the governor to entrust it to her.