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Impeachment investigation against Gov. Cuomo authorized by Assembly speaker

Albany, N.Y. – State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says an impeachment investigation will begin following mounting allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In a statement Thursday night, Heastie said he’s authorized the Assembly Judiciary Commission to begin an impeachment investigation.
The committee will be able to subpoena documents, examine evidence and interview witnesses.
“The reports and accusations concerning the governor are serious,” Heastie said in a statement. “…I have the utmost faith that Assemblyman (Charles) Lavine and the members of the committee will conduct an expeditious, full and thorough investigation.”
Heastie says this investigation will not interfere with an independent investigation being conducted by the State Attorney General’s Office.
All this comes after multiple accusers have levied allegations of sexual harassment against the governor in recent weeks. In a Times Union report, a sixth accuser alleged the governor reached under her blouse and groped her.
Cuomo has denied the allegations against him and says he has no plans of stepping down.
More than 120 lawmakers now say the governor should resign. Members of the Senate Republican Conference say if the governor doesn’t resign, the next step is impeachment. Democrats calling for his resignation say Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is capable of stepping in and serving the remainder of his term.
Many lawmakers saw Cuomo has “lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective,” in what they’re calling, “a time of most urgent need”.
Assemblyman Harry Bronson is one of them.
“I think he should resign. I think it is time for the governor to put the interests of the families of New York ahead of his self-interest,” he said.
State Assemblyman Demond Meeks and State Sen. Jeremy Cooney are among local Democratic legislators who did not sign for the governor’s resignation Thursday.
13WHAM has reached out to their offices and is waiting to hear back.

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