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Assembly panel to review investigative report on Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo responding earlier this year

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo responding earlier this year to the sexual harassment report from state Attorney General Letitia James. Credit: Office of the Governor

ALBANY — Members of a state Assembly panel that could recommend impeachment of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will meet behind closed doors Thursday and Friday to examine an investigative report into sexual harassment and other allegations against Cuomo.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, headed by chairman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), are scheduled to review the report by hired independent counsel Davis, Polk & Wardell, based in Manhattan.

Each member will review the report behind closed doors at various times Thursday afternoon and on Friday.

The Assembly has said the investigative report will be released soon after the Judiciary Committee has reviewed its findings.

"The investigation included interviews with 165 witnesses, along with the review of hundreds of thousands of documents, recordings, messages, memos, transcripts and other materials," Lavine said in a statement.

The investigation could prompt the Judiciary Committee to call for Cuomo's impeachment.

The committee also could bar Cuomo from running again for statewide elected office.

No vote or public discussion is expected after the meetings of committee members this week.

The Judiciary Committee is looking into allegations by 11 women that Cuomo sexually harassed them. At the time of the alleged incidents, most of the women worked for Cuomo in the executive chamber.

The committee also is examining whether Cuomo improperly used top aides and state resources in editing his 2020 memoir on his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo received a $5.1 million contract to write the book.

In addition, Davis, Polk & Wardell probed accusations that members of Cuomo’s family and politically connected individuals prematurely received priority for coronavirus testing, at a time when tests were scarce.

Further, the law firm investigated whether Cuomo publicly undercounted deaths of nursing home residents during the height of the pandemic.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has denied the accusations against him.

A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment this week about the Judiciary Committee probe.

Cuomo resigned effective Aug. 21 as a growing number of state legislators, including Democrats, called for him to resign or be impeached.

On Aug. 3, Attorney General Letitia James had released an investigative report detailing sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.

Cuomo said he resigned to avoid tying up state government as officials were fighting the pandemic.

He also said he didn’t believe he would get a fair hearing in the politically charged atmosphere of the legislature at the time.

The Judiciary Committee had begun to investigate Cuomo by that point.

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