Assemblymember Lavine Warns Governor Over Demeaning Comments Directed at the Attorney General

Glen Cove, New York – Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has sent a letter to Governor Cuomo on the subject of demeaning comments directed to the Attorney General and the damaging effect of such conduct on potential witnesses. The letter notes as well that attempts to suppress witness cooperation may very well have severe repercussions in terms of the Judiciary Committee's consideration of the question of the impeachment of the governor.

“I am extraordinarily concerned with respect to the Governor's communications director's verbal attack against the Attorney General,” Lavine said. “Demeaning the Attorney General in turn demeans the Attorney General's investigation and at the same time sends an obviously intimidating message to potential witnesses.”

Lavine, who serves as Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee investigating the possible impeachment of the Governor, served formal notice of non-retaliation and non-harassment/intimidation on the Governor on March 15, 2021. Please click here to view today’s letter in its entirety.

Assemblymember Charles Lavine represents New York’s 13th Assembly District in Nassau County. He presently serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Committee on Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Rules and Insurance. Lavine previously served as Chair of the Election Law Committee, Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-Chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and as Chair of the bipartisan Taskforce that produced the Assembly Speaker’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination.