Dutchess legislator says on video he hit woman, colleagues call for resignation
Oct 10, 2019 12:15 am
John W. Barry reports for the Poughkeepsie Journal that Giancarlo Llaverias is the latest Hudson Valley county legislator to be criticized for comments and actions regarding women. Republican and Democratic leaders in the Dutchess County Legislature are saying Llaverias should resign from his position representing Poughkeepsie in the legislature because of a YouTube video in which he says that he once hit a woman. The video, recorded earlier this year, surfaced this week days after Llaverias was criticized for vulgar comments he posted on Facebook. County Legislator and Minority Leader Hannah Black criticized her fellow Democrat saying, "A video surfaced late today, showing Legislator Llaverias admitting to hitting his girlfriend. Domestic violence is unacceptable. We take this very seriously and call for Legislator Llaverias’ resignation." Republican Dutchess County Legislature Chairperson A. Gregg Pulver agreed. “I don’t know how he could ever defend this... I find it appalling,” he said. Llaverias did not return messages from the Journal with his side of the story before its deadline. But Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chairperson Elisa Sumner said she spoke to him, and he claimed the video was scripted. About the vulgar comments on Facebook he explained to News12, “These are things you did as a youth, right?” Another Dutchess County Legislator, Joel Tyner, resigned in January after accusations of sexual harassment, while Dutchess County Legislator Joe Incoronato was censured in 2018 because of 2016 and 2018 comments, in which he said women are more susceptible to sexual assaults under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This week across the river, Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez refused to resign after an independent investigator found that sexual harassment allegations against the New Paltz Democrat were "credible" and in violation of county policy. Llaverias is up for reelection Nov. 5 against Margaret Kakish. Read more about this story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.