Governor Cuomo’s office asks for records from New York State Sheriff for report into sexual assault allegations

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is seeking records from Sheriff Vincent DeMarco about the conduct of a civilian volunteer that was central to the investigation into allegations that Mr. Cuomo groped a former aide,…

Governor Cuomo’s office asks for records from New York State Sheriff for report into sexual assault allegations

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is seeking records from Sheriff Vincent DeMarco about the conduct of a civilian volunteer that was central to the investigation into allegations that Mr. Cuomo groped a former aide, an investigation that Mr. DeMarco has since dismissed as a “witch hunt.”

In a letter dated Sept. 26, Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer asked for the New York State Commission on Public Integrity and the New York City Department of Investigation to look at the conduct of Joe Percoco, a former top aide, as well as those who hired him in the State Office of New Yorkers Facilities Management.

Mr. Cuomo fired Mr. Percoco in 2016, after he pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud and honest services fraud. As a condition of his cooperation, Mr. Percoco agreed to give up work he was given by local government officials, as well as bring about new policies that would prevent other criminal acts.

The demand comes as Mr. DeMarco continues to defend Mr. Percoco’s dismissal as a “witch hunt.” Mr. DeMarco’s aides rejected the request, saying in a statement that “the proposal for records sought by the Attorney General is absolutely baseless.”

“Every volunteer who worked in NYOFM served their community at a time that they volunteered and was typically required to sign a statement attesting to their sincerity. The volunteer program for the next budget cycle, which has already started, will be judged by the record of the volunteers who serve under the sheriff,” the statement read.

Mr. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

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