Protest expected outside Cuomo's office

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- District attorneys from Manhattan, Nassau County, Westchester County, and Albany person requested materials from the New York Attorney General's Office successful a imaginable transgression probe of harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some of the behaviour alleged successful the study released Tuesday occurred successful those counties, though Attorney General Letitia James said the findings of her enquiry were civilian successful nature. Still, she did not regularisation retired the anticipation of section transgression charges.

"When our bureau learned yesterday that the Attorney General's probe of the Governor's behaviour was complete, our bureau contacted the Attorney General's Office to statesman requesting investigative materials successful their possession pertaining to incidents that occurred successful Manhattan," Cy Vance's bureau said successful a statement.

Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah said her bureau volition reappraisal the governor's interactions with the pistillate New York authorities trooper astatine his Mount Kisco home, portion Albany District Attorney David Soare is reviewing the governor's interactions with pistillate unit members successful his county.

"Yesterday our bureau became alert of the last autarkic study from Attorney General Letitia James' bureau regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo's conduct," Rocah said. "As immoderate of the governor's behaviour described successful the study occurred successful Westchester County, we person formally requested investigative materials obtained by the AG's office. As this is an ongoing investigation, we volition not remark further astatine this time."

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith besides released a statement.

"We are reviewing the profoundly disturbing findings of the Attorney General's study regarding the Governor's alleged conduct," she said. "We person requested the Attorney General's records related to immoderate incidents that occurred successful Nassau County and volition thoroughly and expeditiously analyse immoderate imaginable crimes."

It is imaginable different territory attorneys offices volition besides inquire for the materials to review, but truthful far, nary of the victims person cooperated with immoderate of these investigations.

After the study was released, a conjugation of governors including New Jersey's Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf, Connecticut's Ned Lamont, and Rhode Island's Dan McKee released a associated connection calling connected Cuomo to resign, a stance echoed by President Joe Biden and different apical Democrats crossed the nation.

"We are appalled astatine the findings of the autarkic investigation by the New York Attorney General. Governor Cuomo should resign from office," the governors' associated connection read.

The lawyer general's probe recovered the politician had targeted astatine slightest 11 victims with verbal oregon carnal harassment, including allegations that helium grabbed women by the breasts and buttocks.

The probe included interviews with 179 witnesses implicit 5 months and 74,000 pieces of evidence, and James said its decision was a damning representation of pervasive harassment and a toxic enactment environment.

A Marist drawback canvass conducted Tuesday night showed 59% of New Yorkers -- including 52% of registered Democrats -- judge Cuomo should resign, and if helium does not, 59% of New Yorkers accidental helium should beryllium impeached.

The canvass recovered 32% who said helium should service retired the remainder of his term

Cuomo released a pre-recorded connection saying that helium ne'er touched anyone inappropriately oregon made inappropriate intersexual advances.

To support his actions, the politician released a past of pictures of himself kissing radical connected the cheek. His lawyer also released files. He apologized to 2 of his accusers, including Charlotte Bennett.

"Charlotte, I privation you to cognize that I americium genuinely and profoundly sorry," Cuomo said successful his recording. "I brought my idiosyncratic acquisition into the workplace, and I shouldn't person done that. I was trying to help. Obviously, I didn't."

However, Bennett said the politician is not surviving successful reality.

"I don't judge him and I don't privation an apology," she said. "It's not necessary. It's fake. And his propaganda video was not lone uncomfortable and inappropriate but downright weird and unnecessary."

Speaker of the House Carl Heastie said that Cuomo has mislaid the assurance of the Democratic members of the assembly and that helium indispensable resign.

The Legislature volition present behaviour their ain probe and past could -- and apt volition -- determination articles of impeachment.

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