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Assembly Republicans to launch impeachment effort against Gov. Cuomo



Republicans in the state Assembly on Monday drafted a resolution to impeach Gov. Cuomo amid mounting allegations of inappropriate behavior with younger women and the scandal over nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

The resolution will be formally introduced on Tuesday, a spokesman for Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) said.

During a news conference earlier in the day, Barclay said, “We’re going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come.”

“There’s been one bombshell after another,” Barclay said.

“I don’t think I’ve used the term bombshell, especially this weekend, anytime more in my life.”

Barclay’s comments came after two more women — former aides Ana Liss and Karen Hinton — on Saturday brought the number of Cuomo’s accusers to five.

Hinton, the wife of lobbyist and former Cuomo administration official Howard Glaser, claims Cuomo twice pulled her into an “intimate embrace” in 2000, when he was the US housing secretary under then-President Bill Clinton.

A short time after the GOP announcement, a group of 20 Democratic assemblywomen — including some of the chamber’s most powerful members — signaled they would oppose impeachment proceedings before the conclusion of a pending probe of the allegations against Cuomo.

That investigation is being conducted by outside lawyers hired Monday by Attorney General Letitia James.

“We believe that the Attorney General will exercise due process and expediency in her deliberations,” the Democratic women said.

“We request that she be allowed the appropriate time to complete her investigation rather than undermine her role and responsibility as the chief law enforcement officer of the state of New York.”

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes (D-Buffalo), Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Helen Weinstein (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn), who is also the Brooklyn Democratic Party chairwoman, were among those who issued the statement.

The dueling moves came after Cuomo on Sunday reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) that lawmakers would have to impeach him if they want him out of office.

That conversation, reported by the Associated Press, came shortly before Cuomo publicly vowed for a second time not to resign over the scandal — which led Stewart-Cousins to issue a statement calling on him to quit.

“Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” she said.

“We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

Cuomo traveled to the Big Apple on Monday to visit the around-the-clock, mass vaccination site at the Javits Center, with his office announcing that 123,124 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered statewide in the past 24 hours, marking the “best single-day performance” in the nation.

The event was closed to news coverage and reporters gathered outside saw two armored, black Dodge Chargers with dark, tinted windows pull out of the underground garage and head to the West Side Highway afterward.

A black Chevy Tahoe with tinted windows also blocked traffic to give the sports cars clear passage on West 34th Street.

Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio again refused to say if he thought Cuomo should resign, largely echoing comments he made on Friday.

“I’ll say it my own way,” Hizzoner said at his daily press briefing.

“I just don’t see how he can govern effectively when fewer and fewer people believe him. I think there’s more information that’s going to come out that makes it harder and harder.”

Asked for comment on the GOP impeachment move, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said: “There’s a job to be done and New Yorkers elected the Governor to do it, which is why he has been focused on getting as many shots in arms as possible, making sure New York is getting its fair share of Washington’s COVID relief package and working on a state budget that is due in three weeks.”

Additional reporting by Lorena Mongelli and Nolan Hicks



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