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Andrew Cuomo is facing demands for his resignation and a call for his impeachment. Andrew Cuomo is a staunchly anti-Trump, left-wing governor. He is also a close ally of President Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, Washington Post reported that “New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s relatives and other well-connected New Yorkers were among those given preferential treatment at state coronavirus testing centres,”
Joe Borelli, a Republican New York City councilman wrote on Twitter, “This is a felony,” in reaction to the article.

While he ordered nursing homes to accept COVID patients, leading to the deaths of thousands of seniors, he ensured that family members, including failed CNN host Chris Cuomo, received special treatment.

Andrew M. Cuomo, the 63-year-old former US housing secretary and son of the former New York governor Mario Cuomo, reached the end of his career.

He was first accused of sexual harassment by former aide Lindsey Boylan in December, which she gave further details about last week. She claimed he subjected her to an unwanted kiss and made comments about her appearance, allegations which Cuomo has denied in a Medium post. This allegation has denied by Cuomo.

Cuomo released a statement on Sunday in which he acknowledged that “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

Separately, also last month, his administration was forced to revise its figures for nursing home deaths after it was revealed they were severely undercounted by thousands. He was also accused of threatening to “destroy” the Democratic assemblyman Ron Kim over the scandal, which a Cuomo adviser has denied.

New York Gov. Cuomo approval rating dropped last week but remained relatively high.

According to Guardian interview with Kim on Monday, many legislators were “urging him to step down”. Whether Cuomo accepts this will still depend on what the investigation finds. It was also suggested by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, Cuomo’s longtime rival, that if the allegations are found to be true, he should step down.

Cuomo is planning to run for re-election next year. He has previously said he intends to run again in 2022, but conversations are reportedly taking place among Democrats about who could challenge him.

if the investigation found evidence of criminal behaviour he could face impeachment. But if his behaviour was found to be inappropriate but not criminal then it would be down to the legislature to decide. According to Eric Lane, professor of public law and public service at Hofstra University and a former counsel to New York state Democrats
“I doubt if that turns out to be true that he could get re-elected. I don’t know about it as an impeachment issue,” he said, adding that the allegation over the call to Kim is also a “very serious allegation”.

The only time a New York governor was impeached and removed from office was William Sulzer in 1913.

Under the state’s constitution, the assembly would have to vote by a simple majority to impeach and then it would go to trial in the state senate, where a two-thirds majority would be needed to convict, but it does not lay out a standard for impeachment.

If removed from office, the governor would be replaced by the lieutenant governor, a post currently held by Kathy Hochul.

On the prospect of impeachment, the Republican state senator George Borelli told Pix 11“I think it’s unlikely. But I think it’s possible.”

Sources: Brigitte Gabriel, The Guardian

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