Cuomo sexual harassment allegations: Westchester, Manhattan, Nassau DAs look to launch criminal investigations

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NEW YORK — District attorneys in Westchester and Manhattan on Wednesday announced their offices had reached out to the attorney general for “investigative materials” from their probe into multiple sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Roach was the first to say her office was looking into any of the allegations against Cuomo reported to have occurred in the county that may be criminal in nature.

“As some of the governor’s conduct described in the report occurred in Westchester County, we have formally requested investigative materials obtained by the AG’s office,” Roach said in a statement.

According to the Westchester district attorney’s office, they are specifically looking into the incident involving the trooper, which may have occurred in the county.

On Wednesday afternoon, Danny Frost, a senior advisor for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, said their office had also contacted Attorney General Letitia James’ office to request materials “pertaining to incidents that occurred in the New York City borough.”

The district attorney’s office is specifically looking in incidents involving a trooper at his Manhattan office and one of his staffers.

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith also said their office is reviewing the “deeply disturbing findings” and has contacted the attorney general to request records “related to any incidents that occurred in Nassau County and will thoroughly and expeditiously investigate any potential crimes.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told PIX11 on Wednesday there were no open investigations into the Cuomo allegations in New York City. He added that no police reports had been filed in relation to the accusations.

The news comes after Albany District Attorney David Soares on Tuesday said his office had launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against the governor.

Soares said his office was also planning to formally request information from the investigation by the AG.

James revealed the conclusion of her office’s probe Tuesday morning, calling the findings “disturbing.”

James said Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state workers as well as women outside of his administration. She said the toxic culture of the executive office prohibited the women from coming forward.

Fallout came swift Tuesday as President Joe Biden called on Cuomo to resign over the findings.

Additionally, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and several other northeastern governors also called on the governor to step down.

Cuomo continued to deny the allegations on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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