A female trooper was still assigned to protect New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) even though an official investigation found he sexually harassed her.
The state attorney general’s office confirmed the victim called “Trooper #1” still actively served the New York State Police’s (NYSP’s) Protective Services Unit (PSU). This is the same unit the governor had expressly asked the woman to be moved to before the alleged harassment occurred.
“We have taken steps to address any concerns,” NYSP Director of Public Information Beau Duffy said according to The Daily Caller. “We are not going to get into specifics about those actions.”
BL understands the victim met Cuomo at a 2017 event on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, after which he expressly asked for her to be reassigned to the PSU responsible for guarding him. At the time the governor commended the trooper for being “impressive” and maintaining good eye contact.
She accused the Democrat of sexually harassing her “on a number of occasions” just days into her new assignment, according to a post-investigation report.
“[The governor was] running his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him at an event,” the report said. “[He was later] running his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back, saying ‘Hey, you.'”
Glavin PLLC Principal Rita Glavin, who represents the executive office of the governor, tried to quell public outcry about Trooper #1’s welfare.
“[The] governor has a view of this particular trooper that is positive in terms of her job and day-to-day [performance,]” she said according to the Daily Caller.
Glavin rejected the report’s finding that the governor’s office retaliated against multiple civil servants who complained about sexual harassment.
“Look, the whole world is watching right now,” she said according to the publication. “People are not going to be retaliated against by Gov. Cuomo.”
The attorney also accused the report of containing “contrary facts and omissions.” She demanded that hundreds of interviews transcripts from the investigation be made available to both the public and Cuomo’s lawyers.
“Investigators acted as prosecutors, judge, and jury,” she said. “This was not an exercise in truth finding … [and] give us the opportunity to review the evidence.
Cuomo maintains he was “ambushed” and denies inappropriately touching anybody. The governor then claimed the allegations somehow dismissed “legitimate” harassment victims.
The Democrat’s legal counsel rejected the testimonial of a different “Executive Assistant 1” who claimed the Democrat groped her during a visit to the governor’s mansion on Nov. 16, 2020.
“This woman’s story is false,” she said. “The documentary evidence does not support what she said.”
Glavin used witness admissions, departure records, emails, calendars, and other documents to recreate events of the day. The attorney also did not find evidence of the woman being unhappy when she left the property.
“[I feel] pretty good right now,” the accuser said in an email before leaving the mansion. “Carol just came through with some cheese and crackers, so I am pretty happy right now.”
“Hey, the gov[ernor] just came in and said he was good,” the accuser said in a follow-up email. “Do you need me to do anything else for you before I head back to the cap[itol]?”
Glavin believes these emails contradict the accuser’s recollection of events, and the investigation report omitted this “important” information.