Manhattan DA Cy Vance, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County DA Madeline Singas

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Cuomo, Vance Put Aside Squabble Over Schneiderman Investigation

May 10, 2018 - 4:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance are putting aside a squabble over who should be investigating sexual misconduct allegations against former attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

As 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman reported, Cuomo and Vance had a kumbaya moment Thursday in a news conference alongside Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas – whom Cuomo has named as special prosecutor in the Schneiderman case. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini was also in attendance.

Cuomo and Vance had been quarreling over the governor’s appointing of Singas instead of letting Vance go on investigating the case.

“And it extended back and forth about process, does not serve survivors of the incidents that have been alleged,” Vance said.

Cuomo and Vance both said when they finally did speak to each other, Vance agreed that it was in the best interest of justice to hand over the investigation.

Cuomo had said the move was to avoid a possible perception of conflict. Cuomo had earlier ordered the attorney general's office to look into how Vance's office handled a 2015 case against Harvey Weinstein that resulted in no criminal charges.

“Given the Harvey Weinstein case; given the overlap with the Attorney General’s office, this would generate, could generate, and had generated a perception of conflict,” Cuomo said.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared at a news conference Thursday to show support for the probe. Schneiderman was accused of abuse by four women in a New Yorker article published Monday and resigned hours later.

Cuomo replaced Vance on the case with Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as special prosecutor. He says the move was to avoid a possible perception of conflict. Cuomo had earlier ordered the attorney general's office to look into how Vance's office handled a 2015 case against Harvey Weinstein that resulted in no criminal charges.

Schneiderman resigned earlier this week amid allegations made by four women who told The New Yorker that he slapped, choked and verbally abused them – often during sexual intercourse. They all strongly rejected his explanation that any abuse was the result of consensual, intimate "role-playing."

(© 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)