Governor Proposes Sexual Harassment Hotline

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo talked for the first time Tuesday about a proposed hotline to take sexual harassment complaints from state workers.

During his budget address from Albany, Governor Cuomo called the sexual harassment accusations in the Assembly "part of a troubling pattern."

Aides say the recent resignation of former WNY Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak was the "final straw" for the governor, who was "outraged" at the alleged conduct.

Cuomo proposes the state spend $200,000 to set up the hotline, which would be run by JCOPE, the Joint Commission On Public Ethics.

"We hope and pray that it stops and it stops today," Governor Cuomo said. "But if it doesn't stop, the victim needs a place to go, and that's what this confidential hotline would do for them."

The proposed hotline is part of the governor's budget proposal, which must first pass the legislature before becoming law.

A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he is supportive of anything that makes it easier for victims to come forward.


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