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New York lawmakers float further punishments for Cuomo
New York lawmakers are eyeing further punishments for Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the announcement of his resignation earlier this month, including potentially reverting the name of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge back to the Tappan Zee and stripping the governor of his pension. © Provided by Washington Examiner Cuomo announced his resignation last Tuesday following massive political pressure from fellow leaders over an Aug. 3 report by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleging he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women.
ALBANY, N.Y. — After a weekend of intense criticism, the New York state Assembly's Judiciary Committee is planning to release a report detailing its soon-to-be-abandoned impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, announced Monday that lawmakers will “continue to review evidence and issue a final report” after choosing to shelve the probe in the wake of Cuomo’s resignation amid sexual harassment allegations.
Heastie said Friday that lawmakers had uncovered “credible evidence” of misdeeds but decided not to pursue impeachment with the governor already on his way out and slated to be replaced by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
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The CNN anchor addressed his brother's resignation for the first time on air on Monday night, having previously stayed silent on sexual harassment allegations.Earlier in August, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that an investigation found that Andrew Cuomo violated several federal and state laws and created a hostile work environment by allegedly sexually harassing 11 current and former employees.
Lawmakers were examining not only the sexual harassment claims, but were also probing the administration’s counting of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, Cuomo’s $5 million pandemic book deal and other allegations.
The decision to forgo impeachment drew the ire of several women who accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior as well as dozens of lawmakers, including those serving on the Judiciary Committee, who want to see the evidence collected during the five-month inquiry.
Over the weekend, Charlotte Bennett, a former Cuomo aide who claims the disgraced governor repeatedly asked her inappropriate and sexual questions, slammed Heastie for taking the “coward’s way out” by ending the Assembly probe.
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New York lawmakers reverse course, announce they'll finish Cuomo impeachment probe and release a final report
State Assembly leaders initially stated they'd end the investigation over Cuomo's imminent resignation from office. "The Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue to review evidence and issue a final report on its investigation of Governor Cuomo," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman Charles Levine, chair of the chamber's Judiciary Committee, said in a Monday statement.
The 25-year-old said Heastie was failing to hold Cuomo accountable despite state Attorney General Letitia James’ office finding that the governor harassed Bennett and multiple other young women.
“We took enormous risk of speaking out about the abuse and harassment we experienced, and the AG’s independent investigation that followed corroborated our allegations and determined that the governor broke state and federal law,” Bennett said. “Still, the speaker can’t muster enough courage to do his job.”
Lindsey Boylan, another former aide and the first woman to publicly accuse Cuomo of misconduct, called the Assembly leadership’s decision to call off its separate investigation “an unjust cop out.”
Some members of the Judiciary Committee told the New York Daily News they were blindsided when Heastie and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, a Nassau Democrat and the committee chairman, announced their decision to let Cuomo off the hook.
Cuomo ally steps down as inspector general
The inspector general for New York state resigned Friday as Gov. Kathy Hochul vows to weed out those closely aligned with former Gov. New York Cuomo, new reports say. © Provided by Washington Examiner Letizia Tagliafierro, who was appointed to the inspector general post by Cuomo in 2019, stepped down on Friday, the latest in a string of Cuomo-allied resignations since Hochul became governor last month.
All six Republicans and nine out of 15 Democrats on the committee said the Assembly should at least release a public report on the findings of the impeachment investigation, according to The Associated Press.
Heastie said the release of the report will be done in a way as to not interfere with ongoing investigations into Cuomo being conducted by federal, state and local prosecutors.
“In doing so, the committee will take all appropriate steps to ensure that this effort does not interfere with various ongoing investigations by the United States Attorney concerning nursing home data; the attorney general concerning the governor’s memoir; and local law enforcement authorities in five jurisdictions — Manhattan, Albany, Westchester, Nassau and Oswego — regarding possible criminal incidents of sexual misconduct,” he said.
New York Assembly will not seek to impeach Cuomo after he resigns .
New York Assembly will not seek to impeach Cuomo after he resignsNEW YORK (Reuters) -Lawmakers in the New York Assembly will suspend their impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo in light of his promise to step down from office over sexual harassment complaints, Speaker Carl Heastie said in a statement on Friday.