Former New York Governor demands taxpayers fund his private legal defense over sexual harassment claims

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ALBANY, NY – Disgraced Democratic hero, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, apparently believes the taxpayers of New York should be paying for his legal defense against a sexual harassment claim…and is now suing to make them pay for it.

Those in Camp Cuomo believe that the former governor should not have to pay any of his legal fees while the court drama plays out on claims he sexually harassed multiple women while in office.

The belief stems from the state law which allows public employees to utilize taxpayer funds to pay for all legal defenses while acting within the scope of their duties. The lawsuit that was recently filed in Manhattan claims:

“A state officer is entitled to a defense in any civil action arising out of any alleged act or omission which occurred or is alleged in the complaint to have occurred while the employee was acting within the scope of his public employment or duties.”

The lawsuit was filed by Cuomo’s attorneys after New York Attorney General Letitia James denied the request to use the funds in April.

The reason AG James denied the request, according to her spokeswoman, is their belief that “sexually harassing” someone is not in the governor’s job description. The spokeswoman reported:

“Andrew Cuomo is trying to force New Yorkers to pay his legal bills because he believes sexual harassment was within his ‘scope of employment’ as governor. Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description.

“Taxpayers should not have to pony up for legal bills that could reach millions of dollars so Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer can attack survivors of his abuse.”

Cuomo was forced to resign after numerous women came forward alleging sexual harassment, including a New York State Trooper who was assigned to his security detail. After the completion of the sexual harassment investigation, AG James reported:

“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.”

The move for the funds comes after the lawsuit filed by the Trooper who alleged she was groped by Cumo as she worked for him as part of his security detail.

The Trooper, who has not been officially named, is seeking an undisclosed amount of civil damages to help her deal with the “severe mental anguish and emotional distress” she endured as a result of allegedly being victimized by Cuomo.

Cuomo’s issues began in August of 2021 when eleven women reported they had been sexually harassed or groped by him at some point while he was governor.

AG James initiated an investigation which, according to her, found proof that he did commit several acts of sexual harassment, something Camp Cuomo still denies, calling it political theatre.

Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, argued that claim in a recent statement which read, in part:

“The report has been reviewed by five separate district attorneys and every single one has declined to move forward based on it – it was nothing more than a political document and holds no legal weight. Their political games continue.”

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“I can’t let this happen again”: Son files wrongful death lawsuit against ex-Gov. Cuomo after father died in New York nursing home

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to a report in the  New York Post, a man whose father died after contracting coronavirus in a New York nursing home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The suit also names the state of New York, former Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, and former Health Department head Howard Zucker as defendants.

The New York Post reports that Daniel Arbeeny, who has previously criticized Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is claiming that his father, Korean War veteran Norman Arbeeny, died in April 2020 after contracting coronavirus as a result of a March 2020 New York State directive that prevented nursing homes from turning away patients with COVID-19.

The suit reads:

“This policy of mandatory admission, non-testing and comingling of nursing home residents constituted reckless endangerment by all of the Defendants.”

Arbeeny, who is representing himself, is “seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.”

 

The lawsuit states that Norman Arbeeny developed coronavirus symptoms at the Cobble Hill Health Center, a Brooklyn nursing home.  He died shortly thereafter, and hours after his death, his COVID-19 test came back positive.

Arbeeny told the Post that the lawsuit was “about holding state officials to account,” as well as “an effort to get justice for the families who had relatives die in nursing homes.”

Arbeeny stated:

“It’s a lot of people that are hurting and still hurting now.”

He continued:

“Justice has to be served.”

The suit further points out that there were other available facilities that could have accepted coronavirus-positive patients.

Within a week of the implementation of the March 2020 directive, “a field hospital in Central Park, the USS Comfort and the Javits Center” all were prepared and equipped to accept and handle COVID-19 patients.

However, the suit claims,

“Through other regulatory actions. Defendants Cuomo and other New York State Health Officials rendered it near impossible [for] those facilities to be available for COVID-19 patients.”

The lawsuit also takes Cuomo to task for taking jabs at persons such as Arbeeny who criticized the directive.

According to the Post, Arbeeny gave several press interviews in which he questioned the directive and “suggest[ed] the number of coronavirus deaths in New York had been undercounted.”

The suit asserts:

“Defendant Cuomo publicly ridiculed individuals such as the Plaintiff characterizing their views as ‘conspiracy theories’ and ‘politically motivated.’”

Further bolstering Arbeeny’s previous claim on the undercounting of coronavirus deaths, the suit also points to a report by Attorney General Letitia James, which noted that “the nursing home coronavirus death count had been undercounted by as much as 50 percent.”

 

The Post reports that Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi has denied in an email statement an association between the directive and nursing home coronavirus deaths.  He said:

“For all the emotion and politics generated around this issue, the facts are that both the AG and the Assembly critically examined this and concluded that the DOH March order had nothing to do with introducing COVID in nursing homes — also, as previously stated, Ms. DeRosa has nothing to do with this directive.”

He continued:

“We expect any fair hearing in a court of law will also bear this out.”

Arbeeny told the Post:

“I’m not going to let this go. We can’t.”

He added:

“I can’t let this happen again.”

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