The state of New York faces the possibility of impeaching a governor for the first time in over 100 years as the results of the investigation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicate he’s guilty of breaking state law.
A report in The Washington Examiner revealed that the New York legislature is only waiting to hear if Cuomo will resign of his own volition before pursuing impeachment under their power.
Cuomo was accused of sexual misconduct months ago and the ensuing investigation left New Yorkers New York Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie with the unsavory job of Cuomo has lost the confidence of the chamber’s Democratic majority.
Heastie said that Cuomo “can no longer remain in office,” and that it’s just a matter of time before he faces a triple in the Senate and is eventually impeached.
The New York impeachment process is not dissimilar to that of the federal process, where the state Senators would serve as the jurors and a two-thirds majority would force Cuomo’s removal from office.
It is different, however, in that the state requires that Cuomo be relieved of his powers during the trial which would necessitate Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in the position as “acting governor.”
Also, judges on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, would join senators as members of the jury, according to the Examiner’s report, all seven of which are Cuomo appointees.
While it’s possible that the group might not receive the two-thirds needed to remove Cuomo and banning him permanently from holding public office, political observers saying Cuomo shouldn’t hold his breath:
“The question is: Will the governor go on his own accord or be thrown out?” said Basil Smikle, a former executive director of the New York Democratic Party. “What friends and supporters he had before the attorney general’s report have dissipated.”