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Cuomo will not be charged in Westchester County following allegations by two women

Dec 29, 2021 6:00 am

Spectrum News and the Associated Press are reporting former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not face criminal charges based on allegations of unwanted kissing by two women, one of them a state trooper assigned to his detail, Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said December 28. Rocah said that while there was evidence to conclude the conduct alleged by the women did occur, it did not merit charges. “In both instances, my office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York,” Rocah said in a statement. The alleged Westchester County incident involving the trooper happened at Cuomo’s home in Mount Kisco, according to the DA’s office. The trooper told investigators that after she asked the governor if he needed anything, he responded by asking her if he could kiss her. The trooper was concerned about what would happen if she said "no," so she answered, “Sure.” In the other incident, Cuomo was accused of greeting the woman by grabbing her arm, pulling her toward him and kissing her on the cheek while they attended an event at White Plains High School, according to the DA’s office. Last week, a Long Island prosecutor said Cuomo would not be charged criminally after the same trooper said she felt “completely violated” by his unwanted touching at an event at Belmont Park in September 2019. Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said the allegations were credible and troubling but not criminal under state law. A report in August by Attorney General Letitia James chronicled accusations from 11 women against Cuomo. The accusations led to Cuomo's resignation, but he has attacked the findings as biased and inaccurate. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.