Politics 6 Democratic state lawmakers call for the impeachment of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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- Six Democratic state lawmakers issued a joint letter Tuesday calling for Andrew Cuomo's impeachment.
- The governor has been under increasing pressure over a growing sexual harassment scandal.
- The letter marks the most high profile call for impeachment so far.
In a joint letter obtained by Insider on Tuesday, six Democratic lawmakers from the New York State Senate and Assembly called for impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The letter from members of Cuomo's own party marks the most significant development in a potential impeachment to date.
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The legislators said Cuomo's "predatory behavior" and "gross misconduct" demand impeachment proceedings. They also outlined the recent scandals as part of a broader pattern with the governor, who haswith a .
"The accounts of sexual harassment from the women who have courageously come forward confirm what many in Albany have known for years: that Governor Cuomo uses his power to belittle, bully and harass his employees and colleagues," the members wrote. "The accounts add to recent revelations of gross misconduct. It is time for the legislature to demand accountability. Impeachment proceedings are the appropriate avenue for us to pursue as legislators to hold the Governor accountable for his many abuses of power and remove him from office."
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has faced allegations of sexual assault, bullying, and hiding the true number of COVID-related deaths in state care homes. Over the weekend, a second former aide of Cuomo's came forward with accusations that he sexually harassed her.Charlotte Bennett, a health policy adviser to Cuomo until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last year. Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, has also accused the governor of sexual harassment.On his talk show, Hasan asked Ocasio-Cortez at what point does Cuomo's behaviour become "untenable.
All six lawmakers identify as socialists, and are part of a new wave of left-wing lawmakers who emerged in recent primaries to challenge the political establishment.
The signatories include State Senator Julia Salazar, State Senator Jabari Brisport, Assembly Member Emily Gallagher, Assembly Member Phara Souffrant Forrest, Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani, and Assembly Member Marcela Mitaynes
New York has only impeached a governor once, with Charles Sulzer convicted and removed from office in 1913 under charges of using campaign contributions to buy stocks. Sulzer was also vehemently opposed by the Tammany Hall political machine after he attempted to instill political reforms in Albany.
Few Democratic governors speak up on Cuomo sexual harassment allegations .
Democratic governors mainly remain silent on the sexual harassment allegations brought against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.CNBC reached out to the nearly two dozen Democratic governors in the U.S. to ask about the allegations made by two female former Cuomo aides and another woman.