Although Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s multiple scandals are no longer receiving much national news coverage, he has not been cleared of any wrongdoing.
In fact, recent reports indicate the state’s Democratic-controlled Assembly has been moving forward in its impeachment probe against him by conducting interviews and gathering evidence that could eventually be used to oust him from office.
Multiple simultaneous investigations
The probe appears to be focused on multiple allegations of sexual misconduct as well as claims that Cuomo improperly used taxpayer-funded resources while writing a book about leadership amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Relatively new allegations that his administration covered up structural problems in the construction of a bridge named after his father are also within the scope of the impeachment probe.
It remains unclear whether the Assembly is looking into accusations that Cuomo’s staff covered up or manipulated data related to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, though that matter is said to be under federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.
Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine, a Democrat, provided a brief progress report on Wednesday regarding the Assembly probe.
He revealed that investigators had already received more than 200 tips related to alleged misconduct by Cuomo. The information came through a public hotline established by the Davis Polk law firm, which the committee hired to assist in its impeachment investigation.
“All due and deliberate speed”
“In total, Davis Polk has spoken with attorneys for about 70 people who may have relevant information,” Lavine said. “And Davis Polk has also been in contact with four government agencies about potentially relevant information — document requests and interviews.”
According to the Albany Times-Union, the law firm typically focuses on white-collar crimes and includes several former federal prosecutors among its senior members.
Lavine said that Davis Polk “has been working with all due and deliberate speed” in matters related to the governor. The probe itself is expected to take months to complete.
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened up a parallel criminal investigation into multiple sexual harassment allegations and other claims of misconduct — and her office has also been asked to look into accusations regarding the resources used to help Cuomo write his book.
For his part, however, Cuomo has remained defiant on all counts, proclaiming his innocence and dismissing calls for his resignation.