Albany Sheriff’s Office Files Charges Against Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be arrested next week for a misdemeanor that can result in a maximum sentence of one year in prison, after the Albany Sheriff’s Office filed criminal charges against him.
A clerk from the Albany Criminal Court told New York Focus that the local sheriff’s department has filed charges against Cuomo for physical harassment, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
On Aug. 3, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report that showed that Cuomo had violated state and federal law in the incidents that forced him to resign in disgrace, just a week later.
Cuomo’s takedown and likely arrest is believed to be the reason James, who has been filming a campaign ad and heard to be calling around seeking endorsements, told a key union leader yesterday that she plans to launch her gubernatorial campaign “shortly:” just before likely Cuomo’s arrest, the New York Post reported.
Days after Cuomo resigned, his former executive assistant filed a criminal complaint against him. Although Cuomo’s conduct, as described in the complaint, could be considered “criminal”, few thought that the former governor would actually be charged.
Although James did not bring criminal charges, Albany District Attorney David Soares and four other district attorneys from four other counties requested additional information from the state's investigation, to determine whether the incidents that occurred in their jurisdictions amounted to crimes, which the Albany Sheriff’s Office now says that they did.
“The governor needs to be held accountable,” said the complainant, who was interviewed by investigators for several hours after law-enforcement officials issued several subpoenas related to her allegations. “He broke the law.”
(Philip Kamrass/ Office of Formor Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)