Sam Hoyt Exonerated by Ethics Commission in Sexual Harassment Case

June 10, 2018
Sam Hoyt resigned his position as regional president of Empire State Development on Oct. 30, 2017, right before Lisa Marie Cater's allegations became public. (Buffalo News file photo)
Sam Hoyt resigned his position as regional president of Empire State Development on Oct. 30, 2017, right before Lisa Marie Cater’s allegations became public.

Sam Hoyt has been exonerated of sexual harassment and assault charges by the state ethics commission.

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics concluded Thursday that Hoyt had not abused his public position when he entered into a personal relationship with Lisa Marie Cater. The commission also rejected Cater’s claims that Hoyt had harassed and physically assaulted her, or threatened her employment with the state.

“The Commission does not find Mrs. Cater or any of her claims to be credible,” Seth H. Agata, the commission’s executive director, wrote in a letter to Hoyt. “Indeed, Ms. Cater was, more often than not, evasive and unresponsive, initially refusing to meet with and then refusing to answer many questions, or provide additional documents to the Commission.

“In addition, her allegations are inconsistent with the documents collected by the Commission,” Agata wrote. “Finally, there is forensic evidence establishing that some of the evidence she did provide to the Commission was fabricated. Despite repeated attempts to communicate with Ms. Cater, including through her various attorneys, she has neither been forthcoming nor has she provided additional information to clarify inconsistencies in her allegations or to address the veracity of the comments that she produced.”
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