Woman says she was harassed by NY state employee

Woman says she was harassed by NY state employee

Ms. Cater, 51, said in her complaint that when she emailed the Empire State Development Corporation in October of 2015 to get housing assistance, Mr. Hoyt, to her surprise, contacted her directly and offered to get her a job.

Saturday's lawsuit, which alleges violations of Cater's civil rights and Constitutional protections, says soon after getting her DMV job, Hoyt allegedly texted her a nude photo of himself and asked, "Do you think I look tan?" She says he began to sexually harass and assault her; he turned up at her home uninvited where he kissed and groped her, according to her complaint.

Cater says she tried to complain to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office about the abuse, but officials ignored or were "deliberately indifferent" toward her, charges the governor's office said were untrue.

"We flatly deny that claim, which is contrary to demonstrable facts, including the three separate investigations launched into the initial complaint", Cuomo's counsel, David, said in an statement.

Hoyt resigned October 30 and has denied the allegations. "Cater", Hoyt's lawyer, Terrence Connors, said in a statement.

Cater's allegations also include that she went to the hospital once for stress-related stomach pain and that Hoyt contacted hospital staff about her visit.

"Scared, helpless and knowing that her job (only source of income) was on the line, Plaintiff Cater endured Defendant Hoyt's behavior despite being on the brink of a nervous breakdown", the lawsuit states.

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The lawsuit says that Cuomo and his office knew about the alleged harassment but did nothing to stop it. Cater reported a complaint regarding Mr. ‎Hoyt, per protocol it was immediately referred to the State Employee Relations Office (GOER) for an investigation.

'Any allegation that anyone offered the complainant a bribe is divorced from reality, ' the governor's office said.

"I can't recall that number of top staffers being women", said Gerald Benjamin, a professor of political science at the State University of NY at New Paltz.

Ms. Calhoun, 53, has been the acting commissioner of the state's Department of Transportation since August, and her background could help Mr. Cuomo with one of the biggest headaches of his current term - the deterioration of New York City's subway system, which was the subject of a New York Times investigation this weekend.

"He hung this job over my head", Cater told The Post in her first on-the-record interview.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is continuing its investigation of Hoyt, Cuomo's office said. Cater then sought resolution by reaching out to Cuomo's office through phone calls, an email and a Facebook message, but received no response. Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt sexually harassed her for a year.

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