Assembly GOP introduces resolution calling for Cuomo's impeachment

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, speaks at a news conference. | Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images

ALBANIA – The Republican Conference of the State Assembly is presented a resolution to begin the indictment trial of Governor Andrew Cuomo, a three-time Democrat.

The move, which has no chance of being approved, given the solid Democratic majorities in both houses of the New York legislature, is a sign that Cuomo’s critics continue to feel encouraged as the governor continues to controversial over his decisions about the spread of Covid is involved. 19 in nursing homes.

“The Cuomo administration’s cover-up of the nursing home is one of the most alarming scandals we’ve seen in the state government,” minority leader Will Barclay said in a statement. “The deliberate withholding of critical information from the public, underreporting the death toll by 50 percent, and the recent discovery that they concealed the truth to avoid an investigation by the Federal Justice Department are among the factors that increase the serious possibility of the Increase crime. It is the responsibility of lawmakers to conduct a full, bipartisan review of the policies, decisions and actions of the Cuomo administration on this matter and to determine what steps need to be taken to hold the governor accountable. “

One of the most ironic rules in Albania is that the assembly does not adopt any significant measures sponsored by the minority party. It has been many years since a Republican sponsored a new law that renamed more than a few blocks a state road in his district after a veteran. Even if the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčimpeachment gains ground, it is virtually guaranteed that the Democrats are responsible for deciding how to do this.

A handful of longtime Cuomo critics in the Democratic Party have said the impeachment may be on the table, but the party’s leadership has not yet seriously considered the possibility.

“It’s hypocritical,” said Jay Jacobs, chairman of the state democracy. “Here you have an inaccuracy in reporting – which no matter how you look at it is not criminal – and Republicans choose to politicize the governor’s handling of the pandemic and an extraordinarily difficult crisis while they were silent, while a Republican President sparked the rebellion in the nation’s Capitol. They were silent about impeachment at the time, but run around with burning hair because of a reported inaccuracy. It defies credibility. ”

The Republican proposal would create a “temporary joint legislative committee to impeach and investigate the state’s response to COVID-19 in nursing homes.”

This committee would consist of two candidates from each of the four legislative conferences. It would have the power of subpoena and would report within two months of any “illegal activity or willful and corrupt misconduct” that it detects.

Impeachments in Albany require a majority of the vote in the assembly, which has 107 Democrats and 43 Republicans. A defendant governor would then be tried by a panel made up of the Senate (composed of 43 Democrats and 20 Republicans) and the seven judges of the Court of Appeal (all appointed by Cuomo). A two-thirds vote would be required for the conviction.

No governor has been indicted since the Democrat William Sulzer in 1913. Sulzer committed a number of misdeeds prior to taking office, such as buying stocks with campaign funds, but was overthrown in large part for committing the most serious wrongdoing of all – daring to stand up to Tammany Hall and its boss, Charles F. Murphy. Sulzer ran for governor in 1912 with the support of Tammany.

Citing Sulzer’s highly politicized removal as an example of a properly done impeachment process, Republicans said it had “examined the abuse and power of the executive branch.”

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