New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing potential impeachment following a series of sexual misconduct accusations and questions regarding the undercounting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. But it could be “months” before a decision is reached on Cuomo, the chair of the state Assembly’s judiciary committee said Tuesday.
Chair Charles Davis said that committee lawyers will meet with witnesses and examine documents to “assess whether there’s evidence that the governor has engaged in conduct that justifies articles of impeachment.” Lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan are leading the investigation.
“Given the breadth and seriousness of the issues under investigation, we expect that the timing will be in terms of months rather than weeks,” Lavine said in a judiciary committee meeting. The meeting was streamed in an audio-only broadcast Tuesday.
“The majority of state lawmakers and members of New York’s Congressional Delegation have called on Cuomo to resign as he faces allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and suppressing data to downplay the number of nursing homes residents who died of COVID-19,” The Associated Press reported.
“The governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately and apologized if he made anyone feel uncomfortable. He has also said his administration should have released data earlier but wanted to verify each death.”
Multiple women, including several former aides, have alleged sexual misconduct against Cuomo. One woman even accused him of forcible kissing. Now, even fellow Democrats are calling for him to resign — though Cuomo has repeatedly insisted he has no intentions of doing so.