Officials to review Cuomo impeachment report this week

Then-New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in August. Don Pollard/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/TNS

ALBANY — Lawmakers on the Assembly Judiciary Committee will get their first look at a report drafted in the wake of the panel’s aborted impeachment investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo next week.

Committee chairman Charles Lavine, D-Nassau, said members will review evidence gathered by attorneys from Davis Polk & Wardwell, hired to probe sexual harassment allegations against the former governor along with Cuomo’s pandemic book deal, special access to COVID-19 testing and the Cuomo administration’s obscuring of the true number of nursing home deaths last year as the virus spread.

“The investigation included interviews with 165 witnesses, along with the review of hundreds of thousands of documents, recordings, messages, memos, transcripts and other materials,” Lavine said.

Lawmakers will meet in Albany next Thursday and Friday, Lavine said.

It’s not clear when the report will be made public.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, announced in August, following Cuomo’s resignation, that lawmakers would “continue to review evidence and issue a final report” after choosing to shelve the impeachment probe.

Heastie said at the time that lawmakers had uncovered “credible evidence” of misdeeds but decided not to pursue impeachment since Cuomo had already agreed to pass the reins to Gov. Kathy Hochul, then serving as lieutenant governor.

Cuomo stepped down in the wake of a bombshell report from independent investigators working under Attorney General Letitia James’ office that detailed harassment allegations from 11 women, mostly aides and state employees.

James’ office released thousands of pages of transcripts and testimony from interviews with Cuomo and his accusers earlier Wednesday. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and painted the probes into his behavior as biased attacks meant to bring him down.

Cuomo, meanwhile, is facing criminal forcible touching charges after former aide Brittany Commisso filed a complaint against him alleging he groped her at the Executive Mansion late last year.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.