Politics Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP
Why Is Andrew Cuomo Still Governor of New York?
Cuomo is a mean-spirited bully with a flagrant disregard for the rule of law, ruthless in defense of his own interests. New Yorkers deserve better.Last spring, Governor Andrew Cuomo became a national media darling through his daily COVID-19 briefings and primetime “interviews” with his CNN-anchor brother. It may be hard to believe now, but around this time last year, there was even speculation that Cuomo could replace then-candidate Biden on the 2020 ballot.
Over 80 New York state Assembly lawmakers said they would support starting the process of impeaching Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) if he decides not to resign, one day after an independent inquiry found that the governor had sexually harassed at least 11 women.
Of the legislative body's 150 members, at least 86 lawmakers told The Associated Press or have publicly stated that they would support beginning the process to impeach Cuomo if he does not step down, .
AP reported that an impeachment trial can be authorized if a majority of lawmakers support the motion. However, 76 votes are required for the assembly to send articles of impeachment to the state Senate.
What to Know About Cuomo’s Potential Successor, Kathy Hochul
The upstate Democratic road warrior has built deep relationships with lawmakers statewide and could be New York’s first female leader.Should Cuomo ultimately step down or be forced out before his third term ends next year, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would take over and become the first female governor in the history of the state. Below is an overview of Hochul, 62, her long career in politics, the job she’s done as lieutenant governor, and how she has responded to the allegations against Cuomo.
On Tuesday, state Attorney General Letitia James (D) finding that Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women, saying he violated state and federal laws. It follows an investigation she launched after several women came forward alleging sexual misconduct including groping and inappropriate comments.
"These interviews and pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing, yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of both federal and state laws. The independent investigation found that Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging and by making inappropriate comments," James said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Chris Cuomo Resign Calls Grow Over Role Advising Brother on Harassment Allegations
The CNN anchor advised his brother Governor Andrew Cuomo on the allegations of sexual harassment, said a report released by the New York attorney general.On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that an investigation had found that Andrew Cuomo violated several federal and state laws and created a hostile work environment by sexually harassing several employees.
James also said that the three-term governor and some of his team have retaliated against at least one person who came forward with accusations.
, four district attorneys offices have asked for investigative materials that the New York attorney general received to see if any of the accounts included in the materials happened within their respective areas and could be considered crimes.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and claimed in a speech on Tuesday "that is just not who I am."
"First, I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that's not who I have ever been," he said.
The number of New York lawmakers supporting impeachment proceedings comes in the wake of a host of Democrats, including President Biden, both New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and even the state's Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, calling on the governor to resign.
Cuomo resigns after inquiry finds he harassed women .
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday announced his resignation, an abrupt about-face that capped off six months during which accusations of sexual harassment and bungling his state's coronavirus pandemic response racked up.Cuomo said during a press conference he would formally leave office in two weeks and hand the reins to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D).But he remained defiant. Rather than say he was leaving based on the merits of the allegations against him from 11 women, detailed in a report from state Attorney General Letitia James (D), the governor said he didn't want to be a distraction to ongoing business in Albany.