GOP legislation targets sex harassment | WNYT.com

GOP legislation targets sex harassment

Dan Levy
Updated: March 24, 2021 08:32 PM
Created: March 24, 2021 05:41 PM

ALBANY - Perhaps never before has sexual harassment been such a hot topic at the State Capitol. There was new legislation introduced Wednesday, designed at eradicating that workplace taboo.

"For me, this is not a partisan issue," asserted Senator Sue Serino (R - Hyde Park), "This is a power issue. The disturbing allegations [against Gov. Cuomo] speak directly to a culture where power seems to protect bad actors. Enough is enough."

In the midst of unprecedented talk of sexual harassment at the Capitol, after eight women have accused the governor of inappropriate behavior, Senator Serino is introducing a bill that would establish an independent commission that would accept new cases for many state employees.

"This is a moment to set politics aside and work together to assure our state is a place where survivors are heard, perpetrators are held accountable, and all New Yorkers feel safe from harassment of any kind," Serino added.

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At the same time, a group of Senate Republicans has written a letter to Attorney General Letitia James, urging her to stop Cuomo from conducting his own side investigation.

"The governor's highly unusual -- and frankly inappropriate -- plan creates an obvious potential for witness tampering and intimidation," said Senator Daphne Jordan (R - Castleton-On-Hudson), "(Not to mention) potential obstruction of justice, and it also threatens the integrity of Attorney General James' investigation."

The GOP lawmakers say they're continuing to search for Democratic support, mindful that without backing from across the aisle, their bills are unlikely to gain traction.


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