Cuomo shows no hints of resignation
Marina Villeneuve reports in the Daily Gazette that Gov. Andrew Cuomo shows no signs of resigning in the face of widespread calls for his impeachment after a report from the attorney general that he sexually harassed 11 women. “My sense is from what I’m hearing is he’s still looking for ways to fight this and get his side of the story out,” state Democratic party Chairman Jay Jacobs said. “I just think that he’s going to, at some point, see that the political support is just not anywhere near enough to even make an attempt worthwhile.” The math does not look good for Cuomo as the Associated Press count about two-thirds of state Assembly members in favor of impeachment when only half are needed to start a trial. And nearly all 63 members of the state Senate have called for Cuomo to step down or be removed, suggesting he would lose in the impeachment trial too. The state Assembly’s judiciary committee meets Aug. 9 to discuss when to conclude its investigation into whether there are grounds to impeach Cuomo. Plus, Brittany Commisso, one of the women and a female executive assistant, was the first to file a criminal complaint against Cuomo, for groping her. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Aug. 7 that Cuomo could face misdemeanor charges if investigators substantiate Commisso’s complaint. And late Aug. 8 Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa resigned. Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.