Local democrats want former Gov. Cuomo held accountable

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Kathy Hochul came to town and rallied the troops of the party and local labor to get out the vote for Democrats, especially for a big prize – control of the Monroe County legislature, which is now dominated by Republicans.

Top Democrats also took the opportunity at the gathering to make clear their concern over the now criminal allegations against former governor Andrew Cuomo.

"I was deeply disturbed by all the allegations against Governor Cuomo. I joined many community leaders earlier this summer in calling for his resignation," said Adam Bello, Monroe County executive.

The case against Cuomo became critical in august when attorney general – now candidate for governor herself – Letitia James issued a scathing report accusing the governor of sexual harassment or worse involving at least 11 women.

Cuomo resigned a week later.

Formal misdemeanor charges of "forcible touching" were filed in Albany County on Thursday.

"He has clearly violated his responsibilities. We’ll see if they are criminal penalties as well attached to it. He’s going to have to answer to that. There’s accountability in America, and we have to ensure there is accountability," Rep. Joe Morelle said.

Multiple allegations against Cuomo are the focus of a still-ongoing investigation by the assembly judiciary committee, including those of sexual misconduct towards his staffers and others.

"It’s disgusting what a lot of these women went through, and there needs to be a full investigation and vetting of all of that," Bello said.