New York Governor’s Office Andrew Cuomo abandoned his plan to select an investigator to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him. Instead, on Sunday it asked the attorney general and a judge on the appeals court to select an attorney to conduct an independent review.
Cuomo, one of the most prominent democratic politicians in the country, whose popularity soared in the first few months of the pandemic, has faced a number of controversies in recent weeks, including how his government is dealing with a high number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes the state circumvented.
The Cuomo government said it wants the investigation to be carried out “without reproach” after two former aides came forward in recent days to accuse the governor of sexual misconduct, which he has denied.
It was said that she had selected a former federal judge, Barbara Jones, to lead the investigation on Saturday, but now wanted to avoid “even perceiving a lack of independence or inferring politics”.
It said it had asked the New York State Attorney General and the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal to jointly select an independent attorney with no political affiliation to conduct a thorough review and produce a public report.
“All members of the governor’s office will cooperate fully. We will not comment further until the report is released,” Cuomo special adviser Beth Garvey said in a statement.