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For Immediate Release
Aug. 3, 2021

Statement by UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the state Attorney General’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo

“United University Professions, the nation’s largest higher education union, applauds and supports state Attorney General Letitia James for her fair and thorough investigation into accusations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“As one of the first unions in the state that called for this investigation, we are grateful to Attorney General James for leading a rigorous and independent investigation and producing a report that allowed these difficult truths to be brought forward. Her professionalism, her commitment to the best of values and her strong moral and ethical values ensured an impartial, fact-based investigation.

“We stand with the brave women whose courage and conscience brought them forward to stand up to the governor and speak their truth. We believe these women and we believe the stories they courageously shared.

“UUP is a union that believes that all workers deserve dignity and respect, and a humane, welcoming workplace free of harassment and bullying. Based on the findings of the attorney general’s report, it is clear that Gov. Cuomo is unfit to serve as governor of the great state of New York."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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