Bob Duffy Statement on Findings from Attorney General Investigation

ROCHESTER, NY (August 3, 2021) Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy released the following statement in response to Attorney General James' findings in the investigation of harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo:

"I am shocked and dismayed to learn the findings of the investigation led by Attorney General James, and I applaud the courage of the women who came forward to share their experiences. Speaking out about toxic work environments and sexual harassment is difficult under any circumstances, but even more so when such behaviors are carried out by a person in a position of power. ‘Intent’ does not matter. At issue is the impact of actions.

Everyone deserves a work environment free of harassment, retaliation, bullying, and fear. The responsibility of leaders is to establish a positive and safe work culture. It is unfortunate to see that this investigation concludes the opposite is true.

While it is not my role to speculate on the Governor’s political future, this comprehensive report provides a path forward for accountability and expectations of our leaders."