New York’s Governor Named in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Lisa Marie Cater filed a federal lawsuit alleging that former Empire State Development Corp. (ESDC) regional president William “Sam” Hoyt got her a job at the DMV and then leveraged it to “manipulate, sexually harass and sexually assault” her. Furthermore, her suit contends that Ms. Cater contacted Governor Cuomo’s office at least six times about the sexual harassment, but was met with “deliberate indifference.” Perhaps because Governor Cuomo knew that Mr. Hoyt was a serial philander having been accused of sleeping with two interns when he was a member of the state Assembly.

The New York Post reported:

The “barrage” of unwanted kisses, crotch-grabbing, stalking, and daily calls, emails, and sexts continued for a year, until Cater found herself on “the brink of a nervous breakdown,” according to court papers.

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Cuomo’s office denied ignoring Cater’s complaints.

“When Ms. Cater reported a complaint regarding Mr. ‎Hoyt … it was immediately referred to the State Employee Relations Office for an investigation,” Alphonso David, Cuomo’s counsel, told the Post. “At the same time, Mr. Hoyt was instructed to have no further interaction with the complainant and to cooperate fully with the investigation.”

Ms. Cater met Hoyt at a Democratic Party fundraiser in 2008 when he was a member of the NY State Assembly.  In 2015 when she was a victim of domestic abuse, and about to be evicted, she reached out to her political contacts for help.

By that time Hoyt was at the ESDC very powerful state agency, he

began emailing her, about jobs and apartments. Some missives were flirtatious, the suit says, and “made it a point to advise [Cater] of his powerful position with the state and closeness to the governor and that he was in charge of patronage positions.”

Eventually helped Ms. Cater find a new apartment and a $30k-a-year non-union job at the state Division of Motor Vehicles…

 

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