The State Assembly launched a report on its impeachment investigation into ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday, Nov. 22, discovering the previous head of the state sexually harassed ladies a number of occasions, used state assets for his $5.2 million pandemic-era e book, and withheld information on COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties.
The Legislature’s probe was performed by exterior legal professionals employed by the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee over the previous eight months after the Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie tasked the panel to find out whether or not Cuomo had engaged in corrupt conduct that warranted impeachment.
“This has been a profoundly sad chapter in New York’s history,” mentioned Heastie in a press release. “I commend Chairman Charles Lavine, the members of the Judiciary Committee and the team at Davis Polk for their hard work and diligence in completing this investigation.”
The committee’s head Assembly Member Charles Lavine mentioned the findings have been “extremely disturbing,” rendering Cuomo “not fit for office.”
“This has been a historic undertaking and one that the members of the Judiciary Committee took on with extreme diligence and thoughtfulness,” Lavine mentioned in a press release. “The former governor’s conduct — as shown in this report — is extremely disturbing and is indicative of someone who is not fit for office.”
“I hope this report helps New Yorkers further understand the seriousness of the allegations that have been made and serves to guide us to a more ethical and responsible government,” Lavine added. “New Yorkers deserve no less.”
The 45-page report’s three prime findings are, first, that the previous governor engaged in a number of situations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, whereas fostering a poisonous work atmosphere.
The allegations of 12 ladies are detailed within the new report, together with former staffers, different state workers, and members of the general public.
Second, Cuomo used state assets and property to jot down his e book recounting the pandemic dubbed “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The previous governor used Govt Chamber workers to jot down, publish, and promote the e book, for which he was in a position to reap not less than $5.2 million in income, based on the report.
Third, the investigation discovered that Cuomo was “not fully transparent” with the variety of nursing residence residents who died because of COVID-19.
Governor Kathy Hochul, previously the Lieutenant Governor, assumed the state’s prime job when Cuomo resigned in August within the face of an impeachment trial.
The Assembly report additionally discovered that Cuomo can’t be impeached after he left workplace within the State of New York, although such a transfer can be authorized beneath the U.S. Structure and in different states.
“We believe that the determination of staff counsel that the Assembly and Impeachment Court may not lawfully impeach and try a governor after that official has left office,” the report reads.
At an unrelated press occasion in Manhattan Monday morning, Hochul mentioned she hadn’t learn the brand new report however mentioned she supported the Assembly.
“We’ve changed the culture from day one, a culture of transparency, accountability, and ensuring that everyone feels respect in the workforce,” Hochul informed reporters. “So anyone who works for our administration knows that it’s a whole new day, and I’m proud of that.”
Speaker Heastie requested the Judiciary Committee to look into mounting corruption and sexual harassment allegations in March.
The committee employed attorneys from white-shoe Manhattan-based legislation agency Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, to look at greater than 600,000 pages of paperwork involving 200 individuals, together with images, textual content messages, BlackBerry PIN messages, emails, recordings of telephone calls, social media accounts, video recordings, memos, and transcripts.
Additionally they thought of statements from the governor and his lawyer all through the investigation, together with State Legal professional Basic Letitia James’s personal investigation which additionally launched in March and was launched on Aug. 3.
James’s report detailed sexual harassment and misconduct allegations in opposition to Cuomo by 11 ladies, together with staffers, and the state’s prime prosecutor additionally continues to look into the governor’s controversial e book deal.
The state’s ethics oversight physique often called the Joint Fee on Public Ethics (JCOPE) handed a decision final week to revoke its personal approval in 2020 for Cuomo to jot down the e book, as a result of he used workers to assist write it regardless of his representatives saying explicitly that he wouldn’t try this.
Cuomo and his reps have repeatedly maintained his workers solely “volunteered” to work on the e book.
The previous governor didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.