Potential Run for NYC Mayor Overshadowed by Lawsuit Against Cuomo

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again making headlines as one of his accusers, Brittany Commisso, has filed a lawsuit against him for sexual harassment. Commisso, who worked as an executive assistant for Cuomo, claims that the former governor repeatedly sexually harassed her during her time working for him.

According to the lawsuit filed in Albany on Wednesday, Commisso alleges “continuous sexual harassment” and retaliation by Cuomo. The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages against the former governor.

Commisso’s allegations were first made public in the report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James in 2021, which accused Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 women between 2013 and 2020. She was identified as “Executive Assistant No. 1” in the report.

In her testimony, Commisso detailed incidents where Cuomo made inappropriate comments about her physical appearance and repeatedly made sexually suggestive comments. She also claimed that he would ask about her personal life, including her divorce and whether she had ever had sex with other men during her marriage.

In 2019, Commisso said Cuomo grabbed her rear while they took a selfie together at the executive mansion in Albany. She also stated that in 2020, Cuomo reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast.

These allegations led to a criminal charge against Cuomo that was eventually dismissed in 2020 by Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Soares described Commisso as credible but stated that he could not prove the case.

In response to the lawsuit, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, released a statement saying that Commisso’s claims are “provably false,” and that the Albany District Attorney had already dismissed the case two years ago after a thorough investigation. Glavin also referred to Commisso’s lawsuit as a “cash grab” and stated that they looked forward to seeing her in court.

This is not the first time that Cuomo has faced accusations of sexual harassment. In August of 2021, he resigned as governor after multiple women, including Commisso, came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.

This lawsuit comes just one day before the expiration of the Adult Survivors Act, which extends the time period in which individuals can file sexual harassment claims. Commisso’s time limit would have expired on Thursday at midnight, making her lawsuit timely under this new law.

As of now, it is unclear how this lawsuit will impact Cuomo’s future, but it certainly brings his actions back into the spotlight. With former governor Andrew Cuomo facing yet another legal battle, it remains to be seen how this will affect his reputation and potential political aspirations.