More Than Half of New York State Assembly Supports Cuomo’s Impeachment

More Than Half of New York State Assembly Supports Cuomo's Impeachment

( – On August 3, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the findings of a months-long investigation into the sexual harassment case against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. The results were as horrific as many people expected; James alleges that the governor broke multiple federal and state laws.

Although leaders on both sides of the aisle have called on the governor to resign, he’s refused. But he might not have much of a choice if the NY Assembly has anything to say about it.

The Report

The AG report on the governor’s actions was incredibly damning. It outlines numerous incidents of alleged abuse by Cuomo. Investigators accused him of sexually harassing at least 11 women who were members of his staff, other state employees including a state trooper and doctor, and members of the public.

The sexual harassment included groping, kissing, hugging, and inappropriate comments. The trooper who accused the governor of harassment was assigned to his detail. She said he made her uncomfortable on multiple occasions by being “creepy” and “flirtatious.” The law enforcement officer said the governor asked her why she wanted to get married, saying “it always ends in divorce, and you lose money, and your sex drive goes down.”

Her story was just one of many like that. Cuomo vehemently denied ever harassing anyone and refused calls to resign. State lawmakers are now weighing their options.

NY State Assembly

On August 5, the Daily Wire reported at least 86 members of the 150 NY State Assembly have expressed their support for impeaching Cuomo. The group of lawmakers is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans. Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) said lawmakers who are currently in recess should return to Albany to “immediately” begin impeachment proceedings. He told Fox News lawmakers have no choice because Cuomo allegedly broke the law and they “must hold him accountable.”

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R) said the judiciary committee would take at least 30 days to approve impeachment articles — if it comes to that. If it goes that far, they do have enough votes to convict.

In addition to lawmakers, leaders in Cuomo’s party want him out of office. State Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs said he spoke to the governor on Tuesday and Wednesday to try to convince him to resign. He said Cuomo has “lost his ability to govern both practically and morally.”

If Cuomo is impeached and convicted, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would become the state’s first female governor.

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