Judge dismisses civil lawsuit against former Cuomo appointee

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed a former appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her after getting her a state job

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed a former appointee of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her after getting her a state job.

One lawsuit alleged the former state assemblyman from Buffalo repeatedly harassed Cater starting in 2015 after helping her find an apartment and a state job. The other claimed that Empire State Development officials ignored Hoyt's alleged conduct.

The judge said he dismissed the lawsuits because a $50,000 settlement Cater received from Hoyt in 2017 to keep their relationship secret precluded her from making future harassment claims.