Mounting criminal investigations in 5 counties and a blockbuster state probe that exposed Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 girls are rising the chance he’ll get impeached if he continues to ignore requires his resignation.
An inside state probe has discovered Cuomo used his highly effective place to sexually harass female underlings lower than half his age by touching their “intimate body parts” with out consent and subjecting them to sexualized feedback.
Since the damning revelations got here out in early August, 5 district attorneys are contemplating bringing legal fees in opposition to Cuomo and a mountain of Democratic powerhouses and longtime allies, together with President Biden, have referred to as on him to resign.
Meanwhile, the state Assembly is wrapping up its personal probe into the scandal-scarred chief and is anticipated to draft articles of impeachment against him by the finish of August.
That state of affairs may put the three-term Democratic governor on trial for his political life — and create a sordid spectacle the likes of which New York has by no means seen, with multiple accusers probably providing sworn testimony about unwanted kisses, creepy come-ons and bottom grabs.
Here’s how the impeachment process works in the Empire State:
Under Article XIII, Section 5 of the New York Constitution, any public officer is topic to elimination for “misconduct or malversation in office,” with the latter time period referring to corruption, extortion and different punishable acts. The structure additionally offers the 150-member state Assembly the energy to impeach officers by the vote of a easy majority, or 76 lawmakers. The Assembly is composed of 106 Democrats, 43 Republicans and one unbiased.
Suspension from workplace
Should Cuomo be impeached, two-term Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would instantly change into appearing governor pending the end result of his trial. Hochul, a conservative Democrat who served one time period as a US consultant from exterior Buffalo, has been first in line to succeed Cuomo since his second time period. Cuomo tapped Hochul as his working mate to exchange former Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, a former Rochester mayor and police chief who didn’t search re-election in 2014 and now heads the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.
Impeachment trials are normally carried out by the 63-member state Senate and the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest courtroom, though in the case of a governor’s trial, neither the lieutenant governor nor the Senate majority chief — Yonkers Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who has called on Cuomo to resign — can participate. Before the trial begins, the state structure says that “the members of the court shall take an oath or affirmation truly and impartially to try the impeachment according to the evidence.” The Senate is composed of 43 Democrats and 20 Republicans, and each decide on the Court of Appeals was nominated by Cuomo.
Verdict and sentence
Conviction at an impeachment trial requires “the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present” and punishment is restricted to elimination from workplace and the added chance of being disqualified from holding every other “public office of honor trust or profit” in New York. If Cuomo have been impeached and convicted, Hochul would serve out the the rest of his time period, which expires at the finish of subsequent 12 months.
Has it ever occurred earlier than?
Only one New York governor — William “Plain Bill” Sulzer, a Democratic former state senator and member of Congress — has been impeached. It got here simply six months after he was elected in 1912 and turned on the metropolis’s corrupt Tammany Hall political machine, which had helped him win. Sulzer was accused of misusing marketing campaign funds and convicted on Oct. 17, 1913. Despite being ousted, he was elected to the state’s then-House of Representatives as an unbiased simply days later. He ran once more for governor the following 12 months however misplaced in a landslide and withdrew from politics earlier than dying in 1941.