New York Republicans introduced a resolution of impeachment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Monday following accusations of sexual harassment and allegations of underreporting COVID-19 deaths at state nursing home facilities.
Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-NY) stated, “The governor’s lost so much credibility and trust that we don’t feel like he can go forward and govern.”
State Attorney General Letitia James has also appointed Joon Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to lead the state’s investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.
“We had the AG report come out saying that the governor was underreporting nursing home deaths by as much as 50%,” Barclay said. He added,
We had that secret political meeting where he had his top aides say they weren’t reporting the nursing home deaths because they were worried about a Department of Justice investigation—they were worried about the political fallout.
Barclay also reported 30 members of the assembly majority have said Cuomo should resign.
Cuomo has repeatedly stated he refuses to resign. The current resolution will not force a vote, but will continue to move the issue forward among state legislators.
Democrats have also called for the governor’s resignation. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated, “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
Even if impeachment does not occur, Cuomo faces reelection in 2022. Growing pressure could also lead to the governor choosing not to run for reelection.