NY Gov Cuomo named in sexual harassment lawsuit filed on Saturday

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2017

"When (the accuser) reported a complaint regarding Mr. ‎Hoyt, per protocol it was immediately referred to the State Employee Relations Office (GOER) for an investigation". Cater has since left her state job.

And, in a move that administration officials said was planned well before any of the recent revelations about Mr. Hoyt, Mr. Cuomo is expected to announce on Monday the appointment of Cathy Calhoun as his director of state operations, a top post in the executive chamber.

Cater, 51, says that Hoyt - a 55-year-old former assemblyman who Cuomo tapped as regional director to the powerful Empire State Development Corporation - pulled strings to get her a secretary gig at the DMV when she was struggling to make ends meet after escaping a domestic-violence situation.

"It has been very hard for me to come forward with this, and I have faith that the system of justice will prevail and not another woman has to live through what I went through", said Cater, 51.

In November 2015 Hoyt allegedly "showed up unexpectedly", at Cater's apartment and "unlawfully groped" and kissed her, leaving her in "a state of shock". Cater contends in the complaint that she was "not mentally fit" to sign such an agreement but that "Hoyt forced her to" for fear of permanently losing her job and possibly being blackballed.

The lawsuits says Cater was given $50,000 in hush money by Hoyt to stay silent about the allegations.

Cater then chose to confront Hoyt, who agreed to meet her in a park where she told him she would no longer accept the abuse even if it meant the loss of her job and apartment.

The governor's office has denied the allegations, according to the New York Post. At the same time Mr. Hoyt was instructed to have no further interaction with the complainant and to cooperate fully with the investigation. Mr. Hoyt did not supervise or work in the same agency as (the accuser). "You can not put a price on the emotional distress and damage that this individual caused my client and the lack of involvement and willingness on the part of the state to help my client in her deepest darkest time of need".

"The state launched three separate investigations in this matter and any assertion to the contrary is patently and demonstrably false, and as such, we expect this matter to be summarily dismissed", Alphonso David, Cuomo's counsel said.

According to the Post, Cater's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Asked whether Cuomo knew personally about Cater's complaints regarding Hoyt, Liggieri said: "I can't speak to what the governor knows and doesn't know".

In a statement, Terrence M. Connors, a lawyer for Mr. Hoyt, said that Mr. Hoyt had acknowledged a short-term, consensual relationship with Ms.

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