The contract lists various investigations that the New York State Executive Chamber, which includes the governor’s office, is currently facing, including a federal investigation into the chamber’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic with respect to nursing homes, the publication of Cuomo’s book on the pandemic, and other pandemic-related issues.
“The DOJ also opened an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment brought against the governor of the time”, indicates the contract, referring to the ministry for Justice.
The Executive Chamber was made aware of the existence of the federal civilian investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment on Aug. 17, according to the governor’s office.
Cuomo’s last day as governor was August 23, when he resigned.
Hazel Crampton-Hays, spokeswoman for current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, also a Democrat, said in a statement to CNN that the Executive House had received an investigation related to an investigation by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
“The current administration has retained the services of a lawyer to deal with matters relating to ongoing investigations inherited from the previous administration,” Crampton-Hays said. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we will not comment further at this time. “
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn did not confirm whether the investigation was ongoing. CNN previously reported on the U.S. Attorney’s investigation into the Cuomo administration’s handling of retirement home death data. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office made no comment when contacted by CNN.
“We understand that the Civil Division opened an investigation in August based on the AG’s politically motivated false report and we haven’t heard anything since,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in a statement. statement to CNN.
The contract, which engages the services of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher from September 10, 2021 to September 9, 2022, was approved on November 30 by the Office of the State Comptroller.
CNN has contacted the law firm for comment.