Albany inching toward impeachment
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that as state lawmakers wrap up the legislative session this week what might happen with the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Most importantly, everyone is waiting for Attorney General Letitia ("LEE-teach-shu") James to release her report on the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo. Plus, there are corruption issues around COVID-19 in nursing homes, a bridge project, and Cuomo's book deal. So far, the only tangible step toward impeachment is a bill in the Assembly and Senate to fund impeachment. The state Court of Appeals could play a role in impeachment, and Cuomo just nominated two judicial candidates to fill vacancies there. "I will look at the facts, I will look at the applicable law, I will [make] independent decisions," said Madeline Singas, the Nassau County district attorney who was confirmed June 8 for the court. "That's my oath to you." Republican State Senator Sue Serino has introduced a package of bills that would stop Cuomo-appointed judges from acting as jurors in an impeachment. "We are leaving the Capitol in just a couple days and nothing is being done," Serino said. "Where have you ever seen something like this happen where a governor is picking his judges that could be at his impeachment trial?" Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.