In a surprising turn of events, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill on Friday passed by the New York legislature to fund his own impeachment investigation.
“We voted in favor because you know what, now there are no excuses for Senate and Assembly Democrats, you want to impeach him: You can, you have the funding, you certainly have all the evidence,” state Sen. Minority Leader Rob Ortt, a Republican, said after the vote, according to the New York Post.
“This will allow expenses related to investigations conducted by the Legislature to be covered under this existing appropriation. Expenses incurred by the governor and attorney general are already accommodated in the enacted budget,” Mike Wyland, a spokesman for Speaker Carl Heastie, told the Times Union.
Cuomo has faced ongoing calls for his resignation over multiple scandals. Earlier in 2021, the governor encountered criticism over his reporting of COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes.
In addition, Cuomo has received allegations from several women who have accused him of sexual harassment. The reports led to an investigation, with many in his own party calling on the governor to resign.
Despite Cuomo’s willingness to fund his own impeachment investigation, he continues to refuse offering his resignation. He has repeatedly told media, “I will not resign.”
The new impeachment bill funding will force the issue to continue under investigation to determine alleged wrongdoing by the governor. Cuomo could face censure or even impeachment depending on the conclusion of the investigation.
Cuomo’s new signature to his own impeachment investigation funding bill may come as a surprise, but the real surprise remains upon the conclusion of the state’s investigation.