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Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a statement in this screen grab taken from a pre-recorded video released by Office of the NY Governor, in New York, U.S., August 3, 2021. Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/Handout via REUTERS

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in “multiple instances of sexual harassment,” used state resources for a book and was “not fully transparent” on the number of Covid-19 deaths at nursing homes, state lawmakers said on Monday, summarizing the results of an investigation.

“This has been a profoundly sad chapter in New York’s history,” said state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who in March asked the Assembly’s judiciary committee to undertake the probe.

Heastie initially asked the Assembly’s judiciary committee to determine whether Cuomo should be removed from office, after two women who worked for Cuomo went public with complaints of sexual harassment.

The impeachment effort was mooted by Cuomo’s resignation in August, following the release of a report by New York Attorney General Letitia James that concluded Cuomo broke federal and state laws by sexually harassing women who worked for him.

A report released on Monday about the findings from the judiciary committee investigation acknowledged “ongoing law enforcement interests into several of the matters covered in this report,” and said the report had been prepared “with those interests in mind.”

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; editing by Grant McCool)

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