The New York Assembly is close to completing the impeachment proceedings against Cuomo

New York Assembly impeachment proceedings against Cuomo

The local lower house can give the green light to the impeachment process of the governor with a simple majority vote, which would be followed by impeachment in the state Senate.

The New York State Assembly said Thursday that it is close to completing its investigation into the alleged cases of sexual harassment involving the governor, Andrew Cuomo, and will consider “soon” articles for an impeachment process.

This was stated in a statement by the president of the Assembly’s judicial commission, Charles Lavine, who announced that Cuomo’s lawyers have been given until August 13 to present arguments in his defense.

According to the note, “the commission’s investigation is drawing to a close and the Assembly will soon consider possible articles of ‘impeachment'” against the governor, who has lost the support of his fellow Democrats in the legislative chamber following the publication this week. of a report from the Attorney General’s Office detailing the alleged cases of harassment.

The report by the New York prosecutor, Letitia James, is the result of five months of investigation into various allegations of harassment against Cuomo, after interviewing 179 people and obtaining 74,000 pieces of evidence, including documents, emails, messages, and photos.The New York State Assembly said it is close to completing its investigation against Governor Andrew Cuomo (PHOTO: REUTERS)

The New York State Assembly said it is close to completing its investigation against Governor Andrew Cuomo (PHOTO: REUTERS)

James noted that the governor violated “state and federal laws” by “sexually harassing multiple women, many of them young, with unwanted touching, kissing, hugging and inappropriate comments” between 2013 and 2020.

Cuomo has consistently denied the allegations and has resisted resigning despite repeated calls from many political figures, including the country’s President Joe Biden.

The state Assembly had already launched an investigation into Cuomo in March, covering several scandals, including allegations of harassment and his management of nursing homes during the pandemic.

The New York Lower House can greenlight the governor’s impeachment process with a simple majority vote, followed by impeachment in the state Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats.

If Cuomo is convicted in that process, he would have to step down and be replaced by his number two, Kathy Hochul.There have been protests against the governor and in favor of his prosecution (PHOTO: EFE) There have been protests against the governor and in favor of his prosecution (PHOTO: EFE)

Calls for the governor’s resignation have not stopped since the Attorney General’s report was released on Tuesday, which left Cuomo without the support of some of the groups that had been most loyal to him.

Today, the mayor of the Big Apple, also a Democrat Bill de Blasio, warned that Cuomo’s refusal to resign is “hurting” New Yorkers.

“Someone who spends 11 hours having to testify about their sexual harassment and assaults is not someone who is focused on fighting COVID, getting federal aid or giving rent support to those who need it,” said De Blasio, who for years maintains a strained relationship with Cuomo.

The mayor recommended to the governor that he step aside and close his political career with “an act of dignity”, although he considered it unlikely that he will do so.