Second Former Aide Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

In a textual content message despatched to a pal after the assembly, Ms. Bennett mentioned Ms. DesRosiers had mentioned: “How can we do that?,” asking whether or not she needed to remain within the government department or transfer to a different a part of the state authorities.

When Ms. Bennett’s pal requested what that meant, Ms. Bennett defined that an out of doors job would nonetheless be with the administration, however “simply not interacting with him.”

She additionally instructed her pal, in the identical collection of texts, that she trusted Ms. DesRosiers however was frightened about Mr. Cuomo’s response: “I simply mentioned I didn’t need him to seek out out and get mad.”

Two days later, on June 12, Ms. DesRosiers instructed Ms. Bennett she could be transferred to a brand new place as a well being coverage adviser, nonetheless working within the government department, however in a distinct a part of the Capitol. Her new job was introduced in a June 17 e mail to Division of Well being officers. “Welcome Charlotte!” it concluded.

Later that month, Ms. Bennett met with Ms. Mogul, a particular counsel to the governor, and repeated her claims. She mentioned, nonetheless, that she quickly determined to “let this go and transfer on.”

In a press release on Saturday, Beth Garvey, one other particular counsel to the governor, mentioned that “Ms. Bennett’s considerations had been handled with sensitivity and respect and in accordance with relevant legislation and coverage.” She characterised the switch to a well being coverage place as fulfilling “a longstanding curiosity” of Ms. Bennett’s.

Of Ms. Bennett, Ms. Garvey mentioned, “she was consulted concerning the decision, and expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the best way wherein it was dealt with.” Barbara S. Jones, a former federal decide in Manhattan, will lead the surface evaluation into the matter, Ms. Garvey mentioned.

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