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Sam Hoyt sexual harassment lawsuits dismissed

Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 05, 2019

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (WKBW) — A pair of sexual harassment lawsuits have been dismissed against Sam Hoyt, a former assemblyman and top economic development official under Governor Cuomo.

The lawsuits were filed by former DMV employee, Lisa Marie Cater.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Manhattan also dismissed a second civil complaint by the same employee, claiming Hoyt's agency ignored his alleged misconduct.

In June, a state ethics commission cleared Sam Hoyt of sexual harassment and assault charges.

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics determined Hoyt did not abuse his state position as regional president of Empire State Development to engage in a personal relationship with Cater.

At that time, the Commission said it reviewed hundreds of pages of records, including emails, employment records, and information from multiple witnesses.

According to the state commission, Cater was uncooperative throughout the inquiry. The commission also said there was enough evidence to support the existence of a consensual personal relationship between Hoyt and Cater.

Cater did not report directly to Hoyt.

Hoyt stepped down from his public position in October 2017 because of the state-run harassment investigation.