New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is fighting for his political life amid his resignations, the investigation of local law enforcement and the threat of impeachment by the state legislature after the findings of the state attorney general that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 young women in his office and official residence. .
A majority of members of the New York State Assembly told the Associated Press on Wednesday that they support the start of impeachment proceedings against the incumbent governor if he does not resign.
Cuomo engaged in a model of sexual harassment of women employed in his state office, violating federal and state laws, an independent investigation from the office of Attorney General Letitia James concluded.
Cuomo, who has denied the allegations, is now facing a growing number of investigations by local prosecutors and is calling on Democratic Party leaders – including U.S. President Joe Biden – to resign.
Most New Yorkers (59 percent) and a majority of New York Democrats (52 percent) think of Cuomo, who won international priority for its management of the first stages of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, it should resign, a Marist survey showed Wednesday.
The Marine Survey of 614 randomly selected New York adults was conducted by landline or by cell phone on August 3 when news of the Attorney General’s findings was announced.
At least 82 of the 150 members of the body have publicly stated or told the AP that they would prefer to start the process of ousting the Democratic governor from the third term if he does not step down.
The key judicial committee of the Assembly has already initiated an impeachment inquiry and is scheduled to meet next on 9 August. A simple majority of members of the Assembly is required to authorize an impeachment process.
The chairman of the judiciary, Charles Lavine, praised the “professionalism” of the state inquiry and said the committee was “engaged in an intensive analysis of the report”.
Impeachment bills, which will temporarily remove Cuomo from office pending a trial in the state Senate, could be voted on by the Assembly in 30 to 45 days.
Charlotte Bennett, a former assistant to the governor, demanded his impeachment by the state legislature after the publication of the state’s independent report.
We have the facts. @NYGovCuomo he broke federal and state law when he sexually molested me and other current and former personalities. I don’t want to apologize – I want accountability and the end of the victim-blame. Speaker of the NYS Assembly @CarlHeastie, it’s time to do the right thing: impute it.
– Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) August 3, 2021
The Manhattan District Attorney’s (DA) office has contacted state officials “to begin requesting investigative materials in their possession regarding incidents that occurred in Manhattan,” Manhattan DA spokesman Danny Frost said. said in a statement Wednesday.
Miriam Rocah, Westchester County District Attorney, said her office had asked James for “investigative materials” related to a complaint made by a woman who was identified in the report as a state soldier and who said to investigators that some of Cuomo’s alleged conduct occurred in the county.
The attorney for the Albany County district, where the New York state capital is located, announced Tuesday that his office had opened an investigation to see if any of the governor’s conduct rose to prominence. the level of a crime and asked for evidence to the independent investigation.
The New York governor issued a contentious statement following the State’s report denying she had done anything wrong and asking the public to review a report from her attorney that disputed the women’s claims. Cuomo had said before he will not give up.
Instead, Cuomo argued that what women interpreted as sexual advances and offensive touch were regular gestures of warmth derived from their Italian-American family culture.
“I’ve never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said.
“That’s not just who I am,” Cuomo said in the video.
Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, who died in 2015 at the age of 82, was the son of Italian immigrants and was governor of New York from 1983 to 1994. Andrew is one of five children. .
The two U.S. senators from New York, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have reiterated their calls for Cuomo’s resignation, saying “no election is above the law” following the findings of the report.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said “what we’ve seen is disqualifying.”
Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives in New York State issued a joint statement Tuesday calling on Cuomo to resign.
“The investigation found that the governor behaved abusively toward women, including subordinates, created a hostile work environment and violated state and federal law,” said U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries. Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi.
“We congratulate the brave women who presented themselves and spoke truth to power. The time has come for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and resign.”