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Krueger asks Cuomo to probe harassment claims at agency

ALBANY — A state senator is calling on the Cuomo administration to investigate sexual harassment allegations that she said were “seemingly swept under the rug” at the state criminal justice services agency.

Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) cited a lengthy report last weekend in the Albany Times Union that said the state Inspector General’s office sustained harassment allegations leveled at a high-ranking Department of Criminal Justice Services executive, yet no action was taken. Instead, the agency took action against the two women who filed the complaints, the newspaper said.

“An internal investigation exposed the misconduct of a DCJS employee and several senior-level staffers in covering up these incidents, and recommended punishment, yet no actions were taken,” Krueger wrote. “This fact is deeply concerning and calls into question how seriously these investigations and their findings are taken.”

Aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn’t immediately comment.

The Times Union reported that Inspector General Cathy Leahy Scott recommended DCJS take action against Brian Gestring, a forensic scientist at the agency, following a series of harassment complaints. DCJS told the newspaper it conducted its own inquiry and determined the complaints were “unsubstantiated.” Gestring had declined comment.

Krueger urged the governor to “address the injustices uncovered in this case.”

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