Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t be prosecuted for allegedly groping a female state trooper at Long Island’s Belmont Park — despite a determination that the woman’s claims are “credible” and “deeply troubling,” the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
In a prepared statement, acting Nassau DA Joyce Smith said her office had concluded its probe into the Sept. 23, 2019, incident detailed by Attorney General Letitia James in the bombshell sexual harassment report that forced Cuomo to resign in August.
“Our exhaustive investigation found the allegations credible, deeply troubling, but not criminal under New York law,” Smith said.
The unidentified trooper, who was serving as one of Cuomo’s bodyguards at the time, told James’ investigators that Cuomo ran the palm of his left hand across her belly as she was holding a door open for him, according to James’ report.
The trooper said she felt “completely violated because to me, like that’s between my chest and my privates,” the report said.
In her statement, Smith said, “It is important to note that our investigation was limited to alleged conduct at Belmont Racetrack, and prosecutors in other jurisdictions continue to review other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Cuomo.”
Smith’s decision not to prosecute Cuomo, 64, was first reported by Newsday.
District attorneys in Manhattan, Albany and Westchester and Oswego counties all launched investigations based on the allegations in James’ report.
In October, Cuomo was charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, for allegedly reaching under the blouse of an aide, Brittany Commisso, and grabbing her left breast during a Dec. 7 incident inside Albany’s Executive Mansion, the governor’s official residence.
Cuomo, who’s scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 7 in Albany City Court, has denied any wrongdoing in that incident and the others detailed in James’ report, which accused him of sexually harassing 11 women, including nine current or former state workers.
Neither his spokesman nor defense lawyer immediately returned requests for comment.