As state Assembly Republicans drafted a resolution Monday to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the heels of multiple scandalous reports alleging sexual harassment of female employees and accusations that his administration concealed the state’s total number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, it suggests that Cuomo has indeed lost his credibility to govern.
A contingent of Assembly Republicans gathered at the Million Dollar Staircase in the state Capitol to announce a measure for a straight impeachment vote before session Monday afternoon. The resolution, if passed by a simple majority, would force the governor to resign and the state Senate would hold a trial to convict him. It would be a sad conclusion to an otherwise illustrious career in state government.
Cuomo has come under fire by Republican and Democratic lawmakers and social activists across the nation in recent weeks, with several state Democrats calling for his resignation after three women publicly accused him of sexual harassment or unwanted intrusive sexual questions and advances. State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the claims.
Meanwhile, federal investigators are looking into Cuomo and his administration after several reports, starting with James’ on Jan. 23, revealed the state intentionally underreported or removed COVID-19 nursing home fatality data from the state Health Department’s self-published report last July and top aides allegedly delayed publishing the public data to evade backlash under former President Donald Trump.
Almost overnight, the governor tanked his reputation and the public trust that comes with it. If the investigations turn up irrefutable facts about abuses of power, he must be held accountable. It would be the height of irony if Cuomo were convicted in an impeachment trial while former President Donald Trump, the governor’s archnemesis during the COVID health crisis, dodged two bullets and escaped unscathed.