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Woman says she was harassed by New York state employee

Nov 20, 2017

 

NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York woman says in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a state employee, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it.

The governor's office denies the allegations.

Lisa Marie Cater says former Empire State Development Corp. Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt helped her get a job at the department of motor vehicles, and then used that as an excuse to harass and assault her, starting in 2015.

She says he would call, text and email her inappropriately. She says he sent her a nude image and groped her.

She says she tried to report the abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it launched investigations after the office received allegations in October 2016.

Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. His lawyer told the New York Post that his client denied the allegations.