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Governor Kathy Hochul sidestepped repeated questions by reporters Monday about her disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo dealing with intercourse crime expenses upstate and state Legal professional Common Letitia James throwing her hat within the ring for her job subsequent 12 months.
“I’m too busy to concentrate to this, I actually am,” mentioned Hochul when requested about Cuomo at an unrelated Nov. 1 press convention. “For those who take a look at my schedule, if you happen to take a look at the obligations I’ve as governor, I’m not distracted in anyway.”
The governor reiterated that she supported the bombshell investigation by James’s workplace detailing sexual harassment complaints by 11 girls in opposition to Cuomo, which in the end led to him resigning in August and then-Lieutenant Governor Hochul taking up on the state’s helm.
“I assist the investigation, the outcomes of the investigation, and imagine the ladies, and that’s all I’m going to say on this, as a result of the rest takes you away from doing what the folks of this state need me to do, which is give attention to fixing their issues,” she mentioned.
Cuomo was hit with misdemeanor forcible touching charges in Albany on Thursday for allegedly groping an aide on the Govt Mansion in late 2020.
Native Sheriff Craig Apple filed the grievance earlier than notifying Albany County District Legal professional David Soares or the complainant Brittany Commisso and her lawyer.
The subsequent day, James officially announced her bid for governor after studies of her planning to launch her run for the state’s high job.
New York Metropolis Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Mayor Invoice de Blasio are additionally potential candidates, however Hochul refused to take the “bait” by reporters to touch upon her challengers — particularly James whom she shall be working with as AG all through the first marketing campaign subsequent 12 months.
“You’re going to attempt to bait me on daily basis, my pals,” she instructed reporters. “I’m knowledgeable, I’ve been a public servant for the final 27 years, I understand how to work with folks whether or not they’re working in opposition to me or individuals who’ve misplaced to me.”
The Buffalo native has reportedly been fundraising intensely in current weeks, telling supporters she needs to boost $25 million earlier than subsequent 12 months, whereas attending events hosted by business and advocacy teams, and hobnobbing with politicos in James’s home turf of Brooklyn.
Hochul additionally remained tightlipped about Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin contesting the filed expenses in opposition to her predecessor. Glavin has accused Sheriff Apple of leaking secret grand jury testimony to the press and mentioned the regulation enforcement official was politically motivated.
The ex-governor’s marketing campaign e-mail account has additionally been sending out messages making an attempt to poke holes into the allegations and James’s investigation and Glavin mentioned she’s “exploring authorized treatments” for the alleged leaks.
Hochul wouldn’t say whether or not she believes Group Cuomo’s statements had been detrimental to the continued investigations into the previous governor, saying she was too preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, getting children vaccinated, brining again the financial system, and getting ready her State of the State handle and the state’s subsequent finances.
“I’m going to maintain giving the identical reply simply so you may ask me on insurance policies that the voters are actually considering,” she mentioned. “These are my priorities, all the pieces else will unfold with or with out my commentary. There are forces which can be all coping with one another, and that’s simply fantastic with me.”