The New York State Assembly report on the various alleged wrongdoings of former Governor Andrew Cuomo will be drafted “very soon,” according to Judicial Committee Chairman Charles Lavine.
“The New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee is making great strides in preparing the report of its inquiry into the former governor,” Lavine said.
Lavine declined to give details, although a member of the Judiciary Committee, who declined to speak officially because he was not authorized to do so, believed it could take several weeks and would be ready by November at most. late. The member expected another Judiciary Committee meeting before a report was made public.
NY1 first reported on Lavine’s comments.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee has overseen an investigation into various allegations against Cuomo since March. Their investigation overlaps New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Cuomo’s sexual harassment, though it goes beyond that, examining whether Cuomo abused state resources at his personal benefit through his $ 5 million book contract, and the circumstances around Cuomo withholding data on the deaths of nursing home residents.
When it was created, the assembly’s inquiry was presented as a precursor to a possible impeachment vote. And in early August, as pressure mounted on the state assembly to take action against Cuomo, Lavine said the investigation was “nearing completion.”
But when Cuomo said he would resign on his own after James’ report corroborated the accounts of 11 women, the Assembly leadership attempted to shut down the investigation entirely, although outside lawyers were hired. by the Assembly have been at work for five months.
Facing the retreat, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie backed down and vowed that the investigation would eventually be over and the results made public, although that would not lead to impeachment proceedings.
Since then, members of the Judicial Committee have been allowed to review some of the documents in secure locations in New York and Albany, said a member of the committee, who added that their lawyers had compiled hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence. .
The assembly report is not legally binding, but any evidence discovered will be referred to the appropriate authorities investigating Cuomo. (The attorney general’s office is still investigating Cuomo’s sales contract, federal investigators are investigating his management of nursing homes, and at least five district attorneys are considering possible criminal charges against Cuomo.)
A September 13 letter sent by Cuomo’s personal attorney, Rita Glavin, to assembly investigators again attempted to cast doubt on the credibility of Cuomo’s accusers and the integrity of independent investigators hired by Attorney General James to investigate Cuomo, the Daily News reported.
Neither Cuomo’s personal lawyer, Rita Glavin, nor a spokesperson for Cuomo’s campaign immediately returned a request for comment.