THE NEW YORK TIMES – The speaker of the New York State Assembly said on Tuesday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had lost the support of the Democratic majority in the assembly and could no longer serve as governor.
The statement from Speaker Carl E. Heastie came after an emergency meeting with fellow Democratic members on Tuesday to discuss how the body — which has the sole power to impeach Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — should address the attorney general’s findings: that Mr. Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women, most of them state employees.
Mr. Heastie said in his statement:
“it is abundantly clear to me that the Governor has lost the confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority and that he can no longer remain in office.”
“We will move expeditiously and look to conclude our impeachment investigation as quickly as possible.”
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The video meeting began at 2 p.m. and stretched for more than two and a half hours.
Most of the lawmakers who spoke said that they believed enough evidence existed for the Assembly to draw up articles of impeachment as soon as possible, according to four people with knowledge of the proceeding.
About 50 or 60 people spoke, the people said, and the discussion focused on the issue of timing: how fast could the Assembly draw up the articles and make them thorough enough for an impeachment trial in the State Senate?
The speaker and the chair of the Judiciary Committee, Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine, argued that the articles could not be drawn up immediately, the people said. But no timetable was set during the meeting, according to the people.
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OZY.COM – U.S. President Joe Biden says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, amid mounting evidence of serial sexual misconduct, should resign. Biden weighed in after yesterday’s report by New York State’s attorney general found the Democratic governor and presidential ally had sexually harassed 11 women.
Cuomo is accused of groping, making suggestive comments and other improper behavior, including toward a state trooper on his security detail. The governor, 63, denies he’s touched anyone inappropriately. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the party have echoed Biden’s call for Cuomo to step down or he could face impeachment. source.