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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul 'not happy' over Hoyt situation

The state’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, says “there’s no tolerance for harassment in the workplace” in New York State following revelations that a former top Cuomo economic development official paid $50,000 to a woman who says he sexually harassed her.

Sam Hoyt, a former Western New York assemblyman and regional head of economic development under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, resigned his post one day before it became public that he had paid a woman $50,000 in exchange for her ending accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Hoyt admits, in a statement, that he made “mistakes,” but says the woman’s charges are untrue.

The state’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, who is also from Buffalo and who is leading efforts against sexual harassment in the workplace, at first commended Hoyt for his service in government. In an interview with public radio and TV, Hochul said when she found out the real reason why he left, she wasn’t pleased.

“I felt I did not have all the facts at the time,” Hochul said. “And I’m not happy about that. I’m not happy about that.”

Hochul says the incident is under investigation by the state’s ethics commission and she intends to look into the complaints that the review is not moving fast enough.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.
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