Smith told The New York Times that the referral doesn’t mean that the department has begun investigating, but that it has offered the victim services “as we would do with any other report or incident.”

Albany police said the referral came from state police but the governor's acting counsel Beth Garvey said the state notified the department because the unnamed aide declined to reach out.

Beau Duffy, a spokesperson for the New York State Police, told The Hill in a statement that the department "reached out to the Albany Police yesterday to facilitate a contact with the executive chamber regarding the alleged incident."

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