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Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

A woman who accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of groping her breast last year filed a criminal complaint on Thursday, AP reports.

Why it matters: The complaint is the first known instance of an official report made directly by an alleged victim with a law enforcement agency over the governor's conduct, per AP.

  • The complaint was filed with the Albany County Sheriff’s office.

Driving the news: "The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest," Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told the New York Post.

  • "Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it," Apple said.
  • The New York Post was the first to report on the complaint.

The big picture: An independent investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, the Albany County district attorney said Tuesday.

  • Cuomo has denied wrongdoing and said on Tuesday that he will not resign from his post, despite mounting calls for his resignation from Democrats, including from President Biden.

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Sep 23, 2021 - Health

Howard Zucker resigns as New York health commissioner

Howard Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, speaks during a news conference. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker resigned on Thursday following pressure for his role in withholding nursing home COVID-19 death numbers under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Why it matters: Zucker led New York's response to COVID-19 last year but came under fire for reportedly undercounting the death toll in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

Updated 7 hours ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.