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Assembly Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ Cuomo Engaged in Sexual Harassment

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An eight-month impeachment investigation of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by the New York State Assembly found “overwhelming evidence that the former governor engaged in sexual harassment,” reinforcing the conclusions reached in a damning report by the state attorney general.

In a 46-page report released on Monday, the Assembly Judiciary Committee also found that Mr. Cuomo used state workers and other public resources to write, publish and promote his memoir about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a likely violation of state ethics laws.

The inquiry also concluded that Mr. Cuomo “was not fully transparent regarding the number of nursing home residents who died as a result of Covid-19,” and its findings had led one committee member to say that there “would be a very reasonable inference” that there was some correlation between Mr. Cuomo’s $5.1 million book deal and his administration’s manipulation of nursing home death data.

Mr. Cuomo, who has largely denied any wrongdoing, was not interviewed by investigators from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, the law firm that was retained by the Assembly to conduct the inquiry.

While the attorney general’s report included 11 women who had accused Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment, the Assembly’s brief focused on two — an unidentified state trooper and Brittany Commisso, the former executive assistant to Mr. Cuomo who accused him of groping her, and whose allegations formed the basis of a criminal complaint against him. Mr. Cuomo resigned a week after the attorney general’s report was released.

The inquiry reviewed emails, text messages, BlackBerry PIN messages, photographs, phone calls and video recordings, as well as deposition transcripts, social media accounts and interview memos — tens of thousands of documents in all — to reach its conclusion that Mr. Cuomo had engaged in harassment.

With regard to his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” the report concluded that the governor “utilized the time of multiple state employees, as well as his own, to further his personal gain during a global pandemic.”

Mr. Cuomo has said that any work done on his book was completed on a volunteer basis, yet the report found that the work had taken place during normal work hours, “as a part of the regular course of work in the executive chamber.”

The report indicates that the work was not voluntary, and that one senior state official had complained to a colleague that work on the book had compromised that official’s ability to focus on the Covid crisis.

The Assembly committee did not review its findings with Mr. Cuomo or his team, a decision that a spokesman for the former governor, Richard Azzopardi, said could “result in a one-sided report.”

The report said that it had reviewed Mr. Cuomo’s rebuttals and found that “nothing in his voluminous submissions can overcome the overwhelming evidence of his misconduct.”

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