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Cuomo's attorney questions quality of AG's report, credibility of accusers

Attorney Rita Glavin spoke via streaming video Friday, suggesting the Attorney General's report on Gov. Cuomo's alleged misconduct is flawed and incomplete.
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Attorney Rita Glavin spoke via streaming video Friday, suggesting the Attorney General's report on Gov. Cuomo's alleged misconduct is flawed and incomplete.

The private counsel for Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday she'll seek corrections in the Attorney General's report on her client's alleged sexual misconduct.

Attorney Rita Glavin, in a video presentation, claimed that evidence favorable to her client was left out of AG Letitia James' report, and will ask her in writing to correct it.

“I also intend to make a submission to the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee, which has decided earlier this week that they will be continuing to review the evidence that the attorney general gathered and issuing their own report,” Glavin said. “And that's why it is critically important that the attorney general address some of the material omissions, errors and record that are contained within that report.”

Glavin also spent a considerable portion of the presentation attacking the credibility of Cuomo's accusers. Regarding one of them, Charlotte Bennett, Glavin suggested she had evidence that is related to her credibility. She did not present that evidence during the presentation but stated she would provide it to the Attorney General and Assembly.

The Attorney General's Office issued a written statement in response to Glavin's comments early Friday evening: “After multiple women made accusations that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed them, the governor, himself, requested that Attorney General James oversee an independent investigation. That investigation was exhaustive, thorough, and without outside influence, period. 

“Given the multiple, ongoing criminal investigations into the governor’s conduct, it would not be appropriate to respond further to these baseless attacks. The 168-page report and additional 486 pages of exhibits clearly corroborate the experiences of the complainants, yet the governor and his aides continue to undermine those who seek to expose this dangerous conduct.

“We cannot allow survivors of sexual harassment to be further traumatized by these continued attacks, lies, and conspiracy theories.”

Governor Cuomo has been accused of sexually inappropriate conduct by several women, ranging from unwanted touching to suggestive comments or questions. Cuomo announced his resignation August 10 and will leave office Tuesday, August 24. Even leading up his resignation announcement, the governor insisted that at no time any of his gestures were sexually motivated.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will assume the role of Governor upon Cuomo's departure.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.