A former state economic development official appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is the subject of investigations over alleged sexual harassment of a state employee has been sued in federal court in Manhattan. Cuomo, the Empire State Development Corp. and the state also are named as defendants in the federal civil rights lawsuit, filed by a former Department of Motor Vehicles employee against Sam Hoyt, 55, who resigned suddenly in October from his position as the regional president of the state’s economic development agency in Buffalo.

Hoyt, who was appointed by Cuomo in 2011, is under at least two separate investigations by the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Inspector General’s Office, Cuomo’s office said last month.

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