ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has allowed the Assembly Judiciary Committee to start an impeachment investigation into Governor Cuomo. There are 21 lawmakers on that committee.
“We’re only considering at this point in the Judiciary Committee, whether there’s probable cause, not whether he’s guilty or innocent,” said Assemblyman Phil Steck who serves on the committee. He says the question at hand is, ‘did the Governor violate the public’s trust?’
Assemblyman Michael Montesano who also serves on the committee expects the investigation will not just focus on the sexual harassment allegations against the Governor, but will also take a look at concerns over nursing home data and the safety of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. “It’s a wide-open investigation into the, you know, into the health department issues. You know, all the allegations that is sitting out there, for all of part of the investigative process for the Articles of Impeachment, is not going to focus just on one issue,” Montesano said.
But, as for the timing of this investigation and how long it could take to play out, that is still up in the air. “While I think everybody would like to see this expedited, you know, fairness has to go into this, we have to be, you know, show some objectivity. You know, these are allegations and they need to be examined, you know carefully,” Montesano said.
The Governor again today denied allegations against him and says he will not resign.
18 News spoke with Republican New York State Senator Tom O’Mara who says enough is enough.
“First and foremost, I think the Governor has lost his ability to govern,” said Sen. O’Mara. “We had the seventh sexual harassment allegation come out.”
Ana Liss, a former aide to Gov. Cuomo, is one of the women accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.
“My thoughts are this must only by the tip of the iceberg,” said Liss. “I remember when I was contacted by the administration in December, feeling somewhat intimidated and also wondering, ‘Gosh, how many other women are being contacted?” Why are they contacting me? I guess they must have seen it too.”
Sen. O’Mara supports the recent news of possible impeachment.
“Frankly, this should have started weeks, if not a month ago into these very serious allegations,” said Sen. O’Mara. “Not just of sexual harassment, which is very damaging to the governor on its own, of course, but the fact that the Governor has repeatedly misled and lied to the legislature. And it is being proven.”