Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Democrat who has said he will resign from his post amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment, has filed retirement documents that will allow him to receive $ 50,000 a year for the remainder of his life. life, according to a report.
The New York Post, citing state laws, reported that “neither resignation nor dismissal for alleged misconduct prohibits resignation or dismissal for alleged misconduct precludes obtaining a public service pension.”
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A spokesperson for the state comptroller’s office confirmed this retirement request for the newspaper. Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
Cuomo’s decision came a week after the New York attorney general released the results of an investigation that found Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.
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Investigators said he subjected women to unwanted kissing; groped or touched their breasts or buttocks inappropriately; makes insinuating remarks about their appearance and sex life; and created a “fearful and intimidating” work environment.
Cuomo still faces the possibility of criminal charges, with a number of state prosecutors continuing to investigate him. At least one of his accusers has filed a criminal complaint.
Tim Hoefer, president and CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy, criticized Cuomo’s request for retirement.
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“So if you’re wondering, without a felony conviction and several other steps, Cuomo would be entitled to his full pension, at taxpayer expense, for the rest of his life,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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