New York Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry against Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as sexual misconduct allegations continue to stack up against him.
“New York State lawmakers, many of them Democrats, opened an impeachment inquiry into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday, signaling that members of the governor’s party were abandoning him amid a series of sexual harassment allegations,” The New York Times reports.
The State Assembly will have a “broad jurisdiction” to investigate the claims made against the New York governor.
A massive development that was also revealed during the announcement was that the Democrats will also be looking into Cuomo’s nursing home scandal where he allegedly covered up nursing home deaths due to the COVID pandemic.
Cuomo has been continuously hit with sexual assault and harassment allegations over the past couple months and things only seem to be getting worse.
The most recent sexual assault allegation is so bad that it is currently being referred to the Albany Police Department, who said that the allegation may have risen “to the level of a crime.”
According to the most recent allegation against the New York Governor, Cuomo allegedly called the anonymous woman to his mansion for help with “technical issues.” Once the woman got there, Cuomo “reached under her blouse” and “aggressively groped” her.
“As a matter of state policy, when allegations of physical contact are made, the agency informs the complainant that they should contact their local police department,” said Cuomo’s acting counsel, Beth Garvey in a statement. “If they decline, the agency has an obligation to reach out themselves and inform the department of the allegation.”
“In this case, the person is represented by counsel and when counsel confirmed the client did not want to make a report, the state notified the police department and gave them the attorney’s information,” Garvey added.
Shortly before the Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Cuomo, they penned a letter, demanding that he resign immediately due to his sexual assault allegations and the ongoing nursing home scandal.“In light of the Governor’s admission of inappropriate behavior and the findings of altered data on nursing home COVID-19 deaths he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need,” the lawmakers said: “In the meantime, the Governor needs to put the people of New York first. We have a Lieutenant Governor who can step in and lead for the remainder of the term, and this is what is best for New Yorkers in this critical time. It is time for Governor Cuomo to resign.”
Cuomo however, has made it clear that he has no intentions of resigning.
“I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians,” Cuomo said. “I’m not gonna resign because of allegations.”
“The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic,” he added. “Anybody has the ability to make an allegation in a democracy and that’s great. But it’s in the credibility of the allegation.”