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December 14, 2018

Gov. Cuomo cleared in sexual harassment claim against Buffalo bigwig Hoyt

June 22, 2018
Gov. Cuomo (shown with New York Assembly member Sam Hoyt of Buffalo in 2002) was cleared in a sex harassment claim against Hoyt, whom he tapped as a head of the Empire State Development Corp. (Robert Kirkham/AP)

Lisa Marie Cater.
Lisa Marie Cater. (Twitter)

Gov. Cuomo was cleared of any wrongdoing in the sexual harassment claim against the former head of the Empire State Development Corporation, a judge ruled Thursday.

In the #Metoo claim, Buffalo woman Lisa Marie Cater accused the governor of naming William (Sam) Hoyt, a former Democratic assemblyman, to the important post despite knowing about his history of handsy behavior, according to the decision.




Cater, who works for the Department of Motor Vehicles, also claimed that Cuomo conspired with Hoyt to retaliate against her after she filed her sex harassment complaint.

The DMV clerk charged that Hoyt groped and kissed her between Nov. 18, 2017, and Dec. 5, 2017, after he helped land her an apartment and a job. She also said he sent her sexually harassing texts and emails and once shot her a naked selfie.

Cater’s lawyer used the thin-skinned gov’s defensive press response to questions of what the state could do differently to curb sexual harassment claims.

Cuomo lashed out at a reporter who asked what he could do differently to lessen sexual harassment in state government, saying she was doing a “disservice to women” and she was “missing the point.”

The judge, however, ruled that it was Cater who missed the point.

“(Cater) does not allege that the governor was personally aware of her complaints, that he was a direct participant in the acts complained of, or that he negligently or indifferently ignored them,” Southern District Judge Robert Sweet ruled. “In the absence of personal involvement by the governor, or sufficient allegations of the same.”




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