The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee will continue its investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite announcing last week that its impeachment probe would be suspended in the wake of his resignation.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine released a joint statement on Monday announcing that the panel “will continue to review evidence and issue a final report” on its findings into allegations of sexual misconduct against Cuomo, as well as the COVID-19 nursing home data scandal.
“In doing so, the committee will take all appropriate steps to ensure that this effort does not interfere with various ongoing investigations by the United States Attorney concerning nursing home data; the attorney general concerning the governor’s memoir; and local law enforcement authorities in five jurisdictions – Manhattan, Albany, Westchester, Nassau and Oswego – regarding possible criminal incidents of sexual misconduct.”
Heastie said last week that legislators had already found “credible evidence” of misconduct, but said at the time that the panel would not move forward with impeachment proceedings as Cuomo has already announced his resignation.
Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo who has accused him of sexual harassment, criticized the decision over the weekend, saying that Heastie took the “coward’s way out,” and that the speaker was failing to hold the governor accountable even though the state attorney general’s investigation concluded that Cuomo had harassed multiple current and former staffers.
“We took enormous risk of speaking out about the abuse and harassment we experienced, and the AG’s independent investigation that followed corroborated our allegations and determined that the governor broke state and federal law,” Bennett said, according to the New York Daily News.
“Still, the speaker can’t muster enough courage to do his job.”