Assemblyman Mike Norris joined a bipartisan group of legislators on Monday, demanding Governor Cuomo either resign, or face an impeachment trial in connection to a March 2020 mandate requiring nursing homes take COVID-19 positive patients. This, coupled with multiple sexual harassment allegations, has created a firestorm for the Governor, with demands for his resignation or impeachment from both sides of the aisle.
According to Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay (R-Pulaski) a resolution for impeachment is planned sometime today. “We are going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come,” Barclay said at a press conference Monday.
Assemblyman Mike Norris (R-C-Lockport) said in a broadcast to his constituents, “As we’ve faced this budget deficit, and we are in the middle of the COVID pandemic, we need a leader who can effectively lead. Unfortunately, due to these very seriously allegations, the Governor, in my opinion, is unable to do so.” Norris added, “So, if the Governor does not resign, then I believe we must do our job and do our duty to the NYS Assembly, and immediately start the impeachment process so we can weigh these allegations against him.”
New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers) started the call on Saturday for Governor Cuomo to vacate his position. She remarked, “Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government. We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”
If Governor Cuomo does not comply with calls for his resignation, which he has said he will not, it would take a simple majority of 76 lawmakers to carry through an impeachment order within the Assembly. Currently, New York’s Assembly is made up of 106 Democrats, 43 Republicans, and a single Independent lawmaker.