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Oswego County DA will not charge Cuomo

Feb 01, 2022 5:30 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes on January 31, confirmed that he will not be filing criminal charges against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It had been alleged that Cuomo inappropriately touched a National Grid employee during a trip to Oswego County in May 2017. The former governor resigned in August after a report was released detailing inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment as alleged by 11 women. Oakes' office had been investigating the account by Virginia Limmiatis, a 55-year-old National Grid worker, who accused Cuomo of touching her chest during an event. "After a thorough review of the available evidence and applicable law, the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office has concluded that there is not a sufficient legal basis to bring criminal charges against former-Governor Andrew Cuomo based upon the allegations of unwanted physical contact made by Virginia Limmiatis," Oakes said in a statement. "To be clear, this decision is based solely upon an assessment of the law and whether the people can establish a legally sufficient case under controlling precedent." Oakes also praised Limmiatis for coming forward with the initial allegation. He found Limmiatis to be "reliable and reasonable," and seemingly "motivated only by an earnest desire to do the right thing,... I commend her bravery and respect her courage." Oakes is the latest county prosecutor to not pursue criminal charges against the former governor. The Manhattan district attorney's office dropped its investigation of Cuomo, while Albany County District Attorney David Soares backed the dismissal of a forcible touching charge against him. Marianne Wang, an attorney representing Limmiatis, said, "Not every violation of law results in a criminal prosecution. This decision does not mean Cuomo acted appropriately or lawfully...” Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.