Ashby Calls on Legislature to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Gov. Cuomo

Today, Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) spoke at a press conference calling for the impeachment of Gov. Cuomo.

“The accusations against Gov. Cuomo are overwhelming in both number and severity. It is now abundantly clear that this governor can no longer lead our state. His abusive use of power has been evident and the damage these abuses caused have capsized his reputation and the public trust that comes with it. Each further day that Gov. Cuomo spends in office threatens increased harm to our great State - he must be held accountable, and I am proud to introduce legislative action to remove him from office,” said Ashby.

Over the weekend, two more women came forward with their own accounts of sexual and workplace harassment by the governor. The ever-growing list of scandals even prompted Senate Democrat Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to call for the governor to resign and for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to question Cuomo’s ability to continue in his role of governor. The daily distraction caused by chaos in Gov. Cuomo’s administration has already greatly disturbed the effectiveness of our State government – including last week when legislative session was canceled in the wake of the first round of sexual harassment allegations.

Ashby outlined the significant cause present for impeachment, citing that Gov. Cuomo:

  • Mandated the readmission of COVID-19-positive patients back into nursing homes, which contributed to rapid spread in these facilities and more than 15,000 lives lost;
  • Refused to properly disclose accurate data on nursing home pandemic deaths in a timely manner to the state Legislature, watchdog groups, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), FOIL requests and the public;
  • Protected hospital and nursing home executives with legal immunity after large donors requested it in the 2020-21 budget;
  • Threatened Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) to publicly corroborate all or part of the governor’s claims about the DOJ investigation;
  • Profited on the pandemic through sales of his mid-pandemic book on leadership, including hundreds of books sold to a law firm contracted in relation to the pandemic;
  • Is accused by five women of sexual and workplace harassment, one of whom was known to him as a sexual assault victim; and
  • Withheld information on structural deficiencies related to the Mario Cuomo Bridge (Tappan Zee bridge replacement), despite the Legislature’s request.

Video of Ashby at the press conference may be downloaded here:

Full press conference: