Awkward timing: Cuomo signed sexual harassment law one month before incident with state trooper

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ALBANY, NY – In a rather interesting update regarding a previous report we shared here at Law Enforcement Today pertaining to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment exploits that victimized a state trooper, it turns out he’d signed “sweeping” workplace sexual harassment legislation one month prior to the incident allegedly involving the state trooper.

As we previously reported here at Law Enforcement today, among the victims of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct is a state trooper that was reportedly assigned to his protective detail.

Officials from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office claim that the state trooper was inappropriately touched twice by the New York governor.

The allegations surrounding Governor Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct are becoming all the more fleshed out, with now a state trooper having claimed that the governor inappropriately touched her on two different occasions while she was assigned to his protective detail.

A spokesperson for AG James’ office stated the following at a news conference regarding the investigation into Governor Cuomo and this unnamed state trooper:

“In an elevator, while standing behind the trooper, he ran his finger from her neck down her spine and said, ‘Hey you’. Another time, she was standing holding the door open for the governor, as he passed, he took his open hand and ran it across her stomach from her belly button to the hip where she keeps her gun.

She told us that she felt completely violated to have the governor touch her, as she put it, ‘between her chest and her privates’.”

Apparently, this incident involving the trooper holding the door open for Governor Cuomo occurred in September of 2019 – which happens to have been roughly one month after Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that eliminated restrictions which noted that harassment in the workplace had to be “severe and pervasive” in order for it to be legally actionable.

On August 12th of 2019, Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill S6577, which was reportedly part of his broader agenda coined as the “Governor’s 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda” – which SB S6577 strengthened New York’s anti-discrimination laws and also allowed employees to file sexual harassment claims up to three years after a workplace incident.

Also, one of the key benefits of the law he signed in 2019 was that there was no longer any requirement that sexual harassment needed to be “severe and pervasive” in order for victims to seek justice in their matters.

When Governor Cuomo signed the law, he delivered the following statement on the matter:

“There has been an ongoing, persistent culture of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination in the workplace, and now it is time to act.”

“By ending the absurd legal standard that sexual harassment in the workplace needs to be ‘severe or pervasive’ and making it easier for workplace sexual harassment claims to be brought forward, we are sending a strong message that time is up on sexual harassment in the workplace and setting the standard of equality for women.”

Needless to say, the timing between Governor Cuomo signing the law and delivering this statement, only to allegedly inappropriately touch a state trooper on his protective detail one month later, is ironic.

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Governor Cuomo’s troubles regarding his alleged sexual harassment seem to be compounding, as we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported that a criminal complaint has been filed against the governor regarding an alleged incident. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in August. 

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ALBANY, NY – According to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has filed a criminal complaint against the governor for allegedly groping her breast.

This criminal complaint lodged against the governor is reportedly the first known instance where an accuser of Governor Cuomo filed an official report alleging criminal conduct with a law enforcement agency.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the criminal complaint against Governor Cuomo was filed on August 5th. Sheriff Craig Apple noted that Governor Cuomo could very well be arrested if either investigators or the county district attorney finds probable cause that he committed a criminal offense:

“The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest. Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it.”

This former aide to the governor alleged that Governor Cuomo had reached under her shirt and fondled her breast while they were alone together at the executive mansion back in 2020.

The victim also alleged that Governor Cuomo had rubbed her rear end in a separate incident while they were posing together for a photo. A copy of the criminal complaint has not yet been made public by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

With the scrutiny picking up regarding the numerous sexual harassment allegations against the New York governor, which Governor Cuomo has denied repeatedly, it was only a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ a criminal complaint would be filed by an affected party to the governor’s alleged conduct.

While these allegations have yet to have been proven in a court of law, the proverbial court of public opinion has resulted in increased calls – across both political aisles – for Governor Cuomo to resign.

These calls for Governor Cuomo to resign are transpiring in tandem with lawmakers within the state reportedly making moves toward impeachment proceedings related to these allegations.

Lawyers that are working for the state Assembly reportedly sent a letter to Governor Cuomo on August 5th giving him a deadline until August 13th to respond to these mounting allegations, or at least be able to provide evidence or documents that strengthen his defense against these claims.

The state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee reportedly plans to meet on August 9th to discuss the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Governor Cuomo, in the event that he chooses to not willfully resign.

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Recently, we at Law Enforcement Today shared an editorial regarding some new legislation that Governor Cuomo signed that accomplishes the rewording of other laws on the books that would stop referring to prison and jails inmates as “inmates”. 

Here’s that previous editorial. 

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ALBANY, NY – According to reports, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will remove “all instances of the words or variations of the words inmate or inmates” from existing New York legislation and replace those words with “incarcerated individual or incarcerated individuals or variation thereof”.

Apparently, the rationale behind this, according to the passed legislation, is because terms like “inmate” are “dehumanizing” and “degrading”.

On August 2nd, Governor Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill S3332, which the bill summary notes the following general effect of the law:

“Relates to replacing all instances of the words or variations of the words inmate or inmates with the words incarcerated individual or incarcerated individuals or variation thereof.”

This means that any sort of previous legislation that pertained to, or made reference to, people that are in prison will be modified so as to refer to this population as “incarcerated individuals” instead of “inmates” wherever mentioned in legislation.

Contained within the “justification” portion of the bill, the following is written:

“Penological terms such as felon, inmate, prisoner, offender, and convict have long been noted by many impacted by the criminal legal system as dehumanizing, degrading, and as importing the idea that incarcerated people should be permanently demonized and stigmatized.”

“Such words are often used to discriminate against people who are or have been involved in the criminal legal system. Using terms such as “incarcerated individual” recognizes the humanity of people and exemplifies the redeemable value of human beings.”

“Trending studies have shown these terminologies have an inadvertent and adverse impact on individuals’ employment, housing and other communal opportunities.  This can impact one’s transition from incarceration, potential for recidivism, and societal perception. As a result, this bill seeks to correct outdated terminology used to refer to incarcerated individuals.”

This has to be, by far, one of the dumbest and most pointless pieces of legislation I’ve ever reviewed – and I’ve reviewed a lot of presented bills and passed legislation here at Law Enforcement Today.

Make no mistake: I am all for treating people with basic human respect and dignity, which this law claims to be crusading for, but this legislation is attempting to fix an issue that frankly…isn’t an issue.

Of all the things someone in jail or prison can and do worry about – such as other violent inmates on the yard, the faithfulness of their spouse or significant other while they’re imprisoned, the general health & wellbeing of their family, obstacles associated with employment and housing upon their release – I’ve never heard of anyone in prison getting triggered that a piece of legislation referred to prison inmates as “inmates”.

Not to mention, the Einsteins behind this legislation actually think that other pieces of legislation that referred to prison inmates as “inmates” in bill text were one of the main aspects that negatively “impact one’s transition from incarceration”, contributes to the “potential for recidivism”, and can have an “adverse impact on individuals’ employment, housing and other communal opportunities.”

This is complete, utter nonsense.

People that have done time in prison, and have since been released, didn’t experience hardships because random pieces of law referred to people in jail or prison as “inmates” instead of “incarcerated individuals”.

Knowing all too well about navigating societal reintegration, as I had the relatively unpleasant experience of spending time in prison myself many years ago, it’s not random laws referring to prison inmates as “inmates” that create some hurdles after reentering society: it’s the freaking criminal record and (often) mutilated credit score.

I can’t believe that a group of adults – elected officials, at that – dreamt this legislation up and think it is going to somehow make potential employers more open-minded to onboarding someone with a criminal record at their business.

The folks behind this legislation have managed to flex peak stupidity on this one…dare I say, criminal stupidity.

New York lawmakers must have tortillas for brains, because that’s the only way someone could wrap their mind around this legislation and think it actually is going to somehow make attaining gainful employment and housing easier after someone is released from prison.

This is the equivalent of thinking that referring to cars as “automobiles” will somehow make it easier to avoid damaging one’s car while driving on a road littered with potholes.

This passed legislation is just pointless virtue signaling in the realm of language.

Senate Bill S3332 does nothing more than change words used in New York laws that make reference to people in prison, with the only net-positive (and I use that term in jest here) being that legislators can give themselves congratulatory pats on the back for being “progressive”.  

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