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Sexual Harassment Working Group on Cuomo's political reemergence

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

At least one group isn’t buying former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assertion that he was railroaded by extremists in the Democratic Party who are perpetuating cancel culture.

“This is not cancel culture,” attorney Erica Vladimer told Capital Tonight. “Cancel culture means people who don’t want to be held accountable for their actions are trying to put that responsibility on other people instead of owning their own actions.”

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Common Cause NY will fight for stricter campaign finance laws

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

Andrew Cuomo isn’t running for office, but you’d be excused for thinking he is.

The former governor is doing all the things that candidates typically do, like spending money on television advertisements and speaking at various churches on Sunday mornings.

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Source: Cuomo would face impeachment if elected again

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo would still face an impeachment proceeding if he runs and wins elected office in New York, a source close to the state Assembly on Sunday told Spectrum News 1.

Cuomo earlier in the day at a church in Brooklyn in his first public remarks since his resignation in August blasted the circumstances that led to his stepping down amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

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Cuomo's planned ad campaign raises eyebrows, questions

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For months, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo through his attorney Rita Glavin has sought to claim he never sexually harassed any of the women who have accused him of inappropriate behavior.

And now Cuomo is dipping into his campaign account to fund TV ads as he continues what has been a multi-pronged effort to rehabilitate his image less than a year after his resignation.

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Oswego County DA won't pursue criminal case against Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not face any criminal charges stemming from an allegation he inappropriately touched a National Grid employee during a trip to Oswego County in May 2017.

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes on Monday confirmed no charges will be filed against Cuomo, who resigned last August following a report detailing allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by 11 women leveled against him.

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More transcripts released in Cuomo investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:15 PM ET Jan. 20, 2022

New York Attorney General Letitia James' office on Thursday released another package of transcripts and videotaped interviews as part of last year's investigation of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo stemming from allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The latest round of documents being made public include the video testimony of the former governor's brother, ex-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was fired by the network last year after documents showed he played a larger role than initially claimed in responding the harassment allegations.

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Cuomo attorney sends evidence preservation request to ethics panel

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An attorney for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday sent an evidence preservation request to the state's main ethics board, a move that is a potential precursor to filing a lawsuit to challenge the watchdog's effort to have him return millions of dollars from a book contract.

The evidence preservation memorandum from Cuomo attorney Jim McGuire is the latest step in the controversy surrounding the former governor's memoir about the pandemic, "American Crisis."

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Forcible touching charge against former Gov. Cuomo dismissed by judge

BY Nick Reisman and Luke Parsnow New York State
UPDATED 1:47 PM ET Jan. 07, 2022

A forcible touching charge against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo was dismissed Friday afternoon by an Albany City Court judge after Albany County District Attorney David Soares said he could not successfully prosecute the case.

A criminal complaint filed in the fall accused him of reaching under the blouse of a woman on Dec. 7, 2020, while at the Executive Mansion in Albany.

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Cuomo expected to appear virtually in court on forcible charge as DA seeks dismissal

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's court date on a charge of forcible touching is still on for Friday as Albany County District Attorney David Soares is moving to have the case dropped.

Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen on Thursday confirmed the legal team for Cuomo and the district attorney's office will still have to appear for the court date. Cuomo is expected to be arraigned before the charge is expected to be formally dismissed.

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Former prosecutor on Cuomo: 'This is not an exoneration'

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

A former prosecutor told Capital Tonight it’s not clear why Albany County District Attorney David Soares isn’t prosecuting former Gov. Andrew Cuomo under the state’s sex crimes statute.

Former executive chamber aide Brittany Commisso accused Cuomo of groping her breast and buttocks in December 2020. In a statement released earlier Tuesday, DA Soares said that, while he found Commisso “credible," that the burden of proof was too high for him to bring charges.

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Cuomo lawyer says DA's nursing home probe has ended

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Manhattan district attorney's office has closed an investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, his attorney Elkan Abramowitz on Monday said.

The development comes after Cuomo, who resigned last August, has faced multiple investigations over his administration's policies toward nursing homes and long-term care facilities. At issue was a policy that required nursing homes to not turn away COVID-19 positive patients, and how the administration was reporting nursing home deaths due to COVID-19.

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Westchester County DA: No charges for Cuomo from allegations by 2 women

BY Spectrum News Staff and Associated Press New York State
UPDATED 4:50 PM ET Dec. 28, 2021

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t face criminal charges stemming from allegations of unwanted kissing by two women, one of them a state trooper assigned to his detail, a county prosecutor said Tuesday.

Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said while there was evidence to conclude the conduct the women described did occur, it not merit charges.

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Cuomo's year of scandal changed New York politics

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The resignation of Andrew Cuomo from the New York governor's office this year came amid a torrent of scandal: Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct detailed in a bombshell report; investigations his office under-counted the deaths of thousands of people who were residents of nursing homes and died of COVID-19; and the use of government resources to help him write a lucrative book about the public health crisis.

Cuomo's resignation came after he was shot to political stardom for his news conferences during the early weeks of the pandemic, and after a decade of amassing a great deal of power in Albany and state government.

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Attorney general's office raises questions with clawing back Cuomo book money

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A top counsel in Attorney General Letitia James' office in a letter Thursday raised doubts over whether money former Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned for his memoir about the COVID-19 pandemic can be clawed back after he was ordered to do so this week by state ethics commissioners.

The letter from James' Counsel Larry Schimmel to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics raises procedural and statutory issues with the order to turn over the money Cuomo received for "American Crisis."

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New York ethics commission orders Cuomo to return book money

BY Nick Reisman and Spectrum News Staff City of Albany
UPDATED 6:37 PM ET Dec. 14, 2021

New York's main ethics and lobbying regulator will require former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return the proceeds from his book about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo has 30 days to turn over the money to state Attorney General Letitia James' office.

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Indefinitely suspended from CNN, Chris Cuomo's role in brother's scandal under scrutiny

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The transcripts released this week by New York Attorney General Letitia James' office have called into question the role played by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in providing advice to his brother, Andrew Cuomo, and top aides as the administration became engulfed in scandal.

Chris Cuomo is now facing calls for his firing from his primetime job at the network, including from Charlotte Bennett, one of the women who have accused the former governor of sexual harassment.

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Calls for Cuomo's impeachment revive following Assembly report

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:26 PM ET Nov. 23, 2021

The 46-page report released this week by the New York State Assembly detailing allegations of sexual harassment, the supression of nursing home fatality data and the use of public resources to write a lucrative book about the COVID-19 pandemic has led to revived calls for ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo's impeachment.

The only problem? Lawmakers are split on whether it can actually happen.

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Investigations apply more scrutiny to Cuomo's pandemic tenure

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker spent a lot of time with then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zucker was often seen coming and going to Cuomo's office on the second floor of the state Capitol and appeared alongside him at nationally televized briefings on the crisis.

But Zucker told legislative investigators the reality was a lot different, despite their proximity.

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NY Assemblyman Phil Steck discusses Assembly Judiciary Committee's report on Cuomo

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

The just released 45-page summary of the investigation into Andrew Cuomo by the firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell for the Assembly Judiciary Committee paints a portrait of a leader who plays fast and loose with the rules of government, who has no compunction about obfuscating publicly when it suits his purposes and who refused to cooperate in any meaningful way with a legislative investigation.

The Assembly report finds, like the attorney general’s report, that the former governor engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment. Additionally, the report said that he “utilized state resources and property to work, publish and promote his book on COVID; and that he was and his staff were not fully transparent regarding the number of nursing home residents who died as a result of COVID.”

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Lawmaker: Assembly's Cuomo report corroborates sexual harassment allegations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The 45-page report borne out of a nine-month investigation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be grounds for impeachment if he were still in office, state Assemblyman Phil Steck on Friday said.

Steck was among the state lawmakers on the Assembly Judiciary Committee reviewing the findings of the investigation, which had initially began in the springtime as an impeachment inquiry of Cuomo.

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Top Democrat on Assembly panel says Cuomo report will be made public in coming days

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Lawmakers on the state Assembly Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon began the process of reviewing a report that is the culmination of a months-long investigation of myriad scandals and controversies that have dogged former Gov. Andrew Cuomo for much of the year.

The report is being read by lawmakers on the panel in private over the next two days, and will be released to the general public in the coming days, Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine told reporters outside of his office.

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New York Assembly looks to wrap up investigation into Cuomo

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York state Assembly Judiciary Committee seems to be wrapping up its investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the state attorney general’s office on Wednesday released thousands of pages of transcripts from their own independent investigation into the former governor.

The chair of the Committee, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, is calling members back to Albany on Nov. 18 and 19 in order to review a draft report related to their nine-month long investigation.

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Cuomo’s last testimony: ‘I have no regrets’

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday released the transcripts and exhibits from the months-long investigation into the near dozen sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo that led to his resignation. Of the thousands of pages that served as supporting evidence in the case, the transcript from Cuomo's testimony alone was over 500 pages.

For 11 hours, Cuomo was grilled by investigators under oath, offering a glimpse into the final years of his administration that stretched over a decade.

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Cuomo investigation transcripts blog: Commisso details alleged groping and aftermath

BY Luke Parsnow New York State
UPDATED 7:22 PM ET Nov. 10, 2021

Three months after she released a report on sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo that led to his resignation, New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday released the transcripts and exhibits from the months-long investigation.

Several district attorneys from across the state had asked the attorney general's office at the time of the report's release to delay publicly releasing the transcripts while their own offices could investigate and determine whether or not to file charges against Cuomo. The lack of public transcripts was one of the many complaints by the former governor's legal team.

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Cuomo investigation transcripts highlight bullying office culture

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The transcripts released Wednesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James's office provided in some instances the first time in which women who had accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of harassment and inappropriate behavior their own, unvarnished account of what happened.

Over the course of hundreds of pages, women who had worked in and around proximity to Andrew Cuomo detailed to investigators a culture of bullying, intimidation and fear in his office.

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NY Assembly Judiciary Committee to meet next week to review law firm's report on Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman New York State

Lawmakers on the New York state Assembly's Judiciary Committee next week will review the report compiled by an outside law firm hired to investigate former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the top Democrat on the panel announced Wednesday.

The report will be made available to lawmakers on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, Committee Chairman Charles Lavine said in a statement. Lavine added the investigation, which began as an impeachment inquiry into Cuomo while he was still in office, has concluded.

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How the last 48 hours in New York politics foreshadow the coming months

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Over the last 48 hours, New York politics has seen the state's three-term former governor facing a misdemeanor forcible touching charge, the entrance of Attorney General Letitia James into the campaign for governor in what would be a history-making run, and the news the state could have as much as $4 billion more than initially projected for the state budget.

The next few months could bring even more surprises.

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Albany County sheriff surprised by speed of release of Cuomo criminal complaint

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Friday he was surprised at the speed of the release of the criminal complaint filed against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo for forcible touching, saying it came out at an accelerated rate.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says the release of the criminal complaint caught him by surprise. He says he had wanted to discuss first Albany County DA David Soares, Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin

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NY lawmakers on Cuomo's criminal summons and if he could run for governor again

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

Both the chair of the New York state Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Liz Krueger, and the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Brad Hoylman, spoke with Capital Tonight about news that a criminal summons has been issued for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appear in Albany City Court on Nov. 17 at 2:30pm.

The former governor has been charged with a misdemeanor — “forcible touching."

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What's next for Cuomo following criminal complaint?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 7:25 PM ET Oct. 28, 2021

Investigators say they have text messages, security entry swipes and New York State Police aviation records backing up the claims of Brittany Commisso, who alleges former Gov. Andrew Cuomo groped her at the Executive Mansion last year.

But the legal jeopardy Cuomo faces in the coming weeks is not yet fully clear, attorneys said on Thursday following the disclosure of a criminal complaint filed by the Albany County Sheriff's Office.

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Misdemeanor complaint for forcible touching filed against Andrew Cuomo, summoned to appear in court Nov. 17

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 7:23 PM ET Oct. 28, 2021

The Albany County Sheriff's Office on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, charging him with forcibly touching an executive assistant last year, a misdemeanor.

The sheriff’s office investigation began after 11 women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, which were documented in a report issued in August by state Attorney General Letitia James.

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State ethics commission won't rescind approval for Cuomo book deal

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:27 PM ET Oct. 19, 2021

New York state's ethics commission on Tuesday failed to muster enough votes to revoke approval of a $5.1 million book contract for ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo as scrutiny over the panel's handling of the deal continues.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) was a vote short of rescinding approval for the book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," which Cuomo released last year.

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Cuomo attorney: 'Preposterous' to link book deal to nursing home data

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A memorandum made public Tuesday written over the summer by an attorney representing former Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the idea the state sought to downplay nursing home residents' deaths in order to secure a lucrative book deal for the then-governor in 2020.

The 62-page memo by Cuomo attorney Elkan Abramowitz indicates and confirms several aspects of the inquiries facing the former governor. The federal criminal investigation into how the state reported nursing home deaths during the pandemic remained underway at least through the summer and multiple jurisdictions at the local, state and federal level have launched investigations into nursing home data reporting, as well as the circumstances surrounding the $5.1 million book deal.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on Cuomo: 'There was a track record of toxic behavior'

BY Susan Arbetter Syracuse

A theme that runs through Attorney General Letitia James’ reports on both sexual harassment and the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal is that it was more important for Andrew Cuomo and his administration to look good than do good.

It’s a theme, that, if you look closely, has been running throughout Cuomo’s tenure in office.

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NY Senate majority leader compares Cuomo to Trump, says former governor would benefit from introspection

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

Since resigning from office in August, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun sending out missives to supporters that do three things: reiterate his accomplishments while in office, relitigate the damning attorney general’s report that prompted his resignation and repeat his own claims that the current administration is incompetent.

On Monday, his supporters received a letter which stated:

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New York ethics panel to probe how Cuomo got a $5.1M book deal approved

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The commission overseeing ethics and lobbying in New York voted Tuesday to conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances that led to the panel approving a $5.1 million book contract for ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

The approval of the investigation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics comes as Cuomo's book about the pandemic, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," is also being investigated by Attorney General Letitia James's office, which is looking into whether government resources were inappropriately used to write it.

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Out of office, Cuomo uses power of campaign account

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For the decade he was governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo exercised nearly unquestioned power in the halls of the state Capitol.

Now a private citizen, Cuomo no longer has the trappings of the office. But he still retains an $18 million pot of money from his days as a prodigious fundraiser. He's using the money to pay attorneys and former advisors as part of a public and private defense effort amid a cascade of ongoing criminal and civil investigations at the local, state and federal level.

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Hochul cuts off money for Cuomo aides' legal bills, what this could mean for Assembly probe

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former staffers to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month were told by the new top counsel in Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration their legal bills would no longer be covered by the state, according to an email reviewed by Spectrum News 1.

The email, sent by Hochul counsel Elizabeth Fine on Sept. 2 to law firms representing former aides to Cuomo, stated the governor's office is reviewing the legal basis for approving the payment of past attorney fees.

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AG James says she can't probe alleged ethics panel leak to Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling for changes to the referral process for investigations after her office determined she could not probe an alleged leak to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the state's troubled ethics and lobbying regulator.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, known as JCOPE, has come under scrutiny amid the resignation of Cuomo, the influence he wielded over the panel and its investigations, and as state lawmakers call for reforms.

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New York Assembly's Cuomo probe could conclude Oct. 1, lawmaker says

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee's wide-ranging investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a variety of controversies that faced his office over the last year could wrap up its work by Oct. 1, a lawmaker who sits on the panel said Wednesday.

A report by the panel, originally charged with an impeachment investigation of Cuomo, is expected to be made public soon after, said Republican Assemblywoman Majorie Byrnes.

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Ex-Cuomo aide plans legal challenge after firing by advocacy group

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A former aide to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans a legal challenge after he was fired Monday evening by the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization, after he was alleged to have played a role in the governor's response to sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.

The firing of Alphonso David, who had served as the group's president since June 2019, is the latest fallout from the scandal that ultimately consumed Cuomo's administration and led to his resignation last month.

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What will Gov. Cuomo's legacy be? NY congressional lawmakers are split

BY Kevin Frey New York City

As New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul begins to fill out her administration, an assessment of her predecessor is now underway. Questions of Andrew Cuomo’s legacy are dividing members of the state’s congressional delegation, with some arguing it is impossible to look at the former governor’s accomplishments without also considering the accusations that forced him from office. “Unfortunately, it's a scandal he created so that will be his legacy,” said Congressman Brian Higgins, a Democrat representing western New York. Cuomo resigned following a dramatic report from the state’s Attorney General detailing allegations of sexual harassment. But can those accusations be separated from his achievements as governor? “Ultimately I’ll let the historians decide what the paragraph order will be,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat representing Brooklyn. Jeffries, who was one of the last members of the New York delegation to call on Cuomo resign, said there are things from Cuomo’s time in office - such as the passage of gay marriage - that New Yorkers can be proud of. “There are many people in the communities that I represent in some of the hardest parts of Brooklyn who believe that Gov. Cuomo was there for them in the context of the pain, suffering, and death experienced as a result of the pandemic,” he said. Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, who like Jeffries waited until after the AG report was released to call on Cuomo to step aside, said part of the former governor’s legacy will be questions about how his term ended. But Meeks also pointed to his actions as governor. “Number one, he did a lot with reference to innovation, in regards to infrastructure and building and trying to see the future,” he said. Across the aisle, Republicans already had plenty of objections to Cuomo’s policy agenda, but suggest the events of late could overshadow much else. “This will certainly be a cloud that will remain over Gov. Cuomo and a stain on his tenure as governor,” said Staten Island Republican Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, referring to the AG report and the questions surrounding nursing home deaths. “Legacies take some time. But I think unfortunately - for him and for New York State - it's going to be what brought his demise,” said Congressman Chris Jacobs, who represents western New York.

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Cuomo urged to return campaign donations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:03 PM ET Aug. 27, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger on Friday urged donors to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request a refund of their contributions and called on Cuomo himself to close his campaign account.

Cuomo's resignation took effect Tuesday at midnight, but he continues to hold an $18 million war chest for what would have been a campaign for a fourth term.

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Lawmaker: Cuomo should lose book money

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The money ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned from his book about the COVID-19 pandemic released a year ago should be given to victims and women's rights organizations, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said Thursday.

Cuomo last year received a $5.1 million contract to write a memoir about his handling of the pandemic, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic." The book is now the subject of an investigation by Attorney General Letitia James' office over the alleged use of government resources to help the former governor write it.

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State ethics panel makes criminal referral over alleged leak to Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's troubled anti-corruption panel on Thursday during a contentious meeting voted to make a criminal referral to Attorney General Letitia James' office over an alleged leak to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo surrounding the details of the panel's discussion of whether to investigate his former aide Joe Percoco.

Separately, the commission voted for a criminal referral to how the state inspector general's office, an arm of the governor's administration, handled the alleged leak.

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Longtime Cuomo advisor resigns from top economic development job

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Steve Cohen, a longtime advisor to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo who had been appointed to lead the state's chief economic development arm is resigning from the post, Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Wednesday said.

Cohen was among the Cuomo advisors and aides named in a report released this month the state attorney general's office as part of an effort to allegedly retaliate against Lindsey Boylan, one of the women who accused the former governor of sexual harassment.

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Cuomo's supporters remain with him despite resignation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The mood at the state Capitol on Tuesday among state lawmakers and staff seemed like one of near-elation. A history-making new governor — the first woman, one who pledged to end a culture of toxicity and bullying in the state's chief executive office — was outlining her plans to lead the state through the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic.

But a 15-minute walk from the Capitol told a different story.

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Zephyr Teachout on Gov. Hochul’s ethics challenges

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

One of the most memorable moments of Kathy Hochul’s brief ceremonial swearing-in on Tuesday was the look of utter adoration in her husband’s eyes as she took the oath of office.

William Hochul is the former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. But it’s his current position that has caught the interest of good government advocates.

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Cuomo's Emmy is rescinded

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday rescinded the special Emmy award given to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year, pointing to the sexual harassment allegations leveled against the governor that preceded his resignation.

The academy in a statement said, "in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award."

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Hours before leaving office, Cuomo gives clemency to 6

BY Associated Press New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before leaving office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday granted clemency to six people, including the driver in a fatal 1981 armored truck robbery whose release was championed by his son, San Francisco’s top prosecutor.

David Gilbert, 76, is serving a life sentence for his role in the $1.6 million theft that left a guard and two police officers dead. Through Cuomo’s action, he will be referred to the state parole board for potential release, the governor’s office said.

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Cuomo digs in during his final days in office

BY Morgan McKay Albany/Capital Region
UPDATED 9:12 PM ET Aug. 23, 2021

Right before the clock strikes midnight on Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo will relinquish his control of New York amid numerous sexual harassment allegations.

But before he left, Cuomo wanted to make sure he had the last word.

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NYS Police Investigators’ Association president: 'You either have to bow to the governor, or else'

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

Over the last few weeks, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state police detail have been painting an unflattering portrait in the press of the governor and his family.

These reports are in addition to the sexual harassment allegations made by a female trooper against the governor and which Attorney General Letitia James included in her scathing August 3 report. That report led directly to Gov. Cuomo’s decision to resign at midnight Tuesday.

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Cuomo departs with $18 million in his campaign account

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is departing office Monday with an $18 million campaign war chest. But the soon-to-be-former governor is limited in what he can do with that money, the good-government organization Reinvent Albany on Monday said.

Cuomo, who does not plan to seek further elected office, his top aide confirmed, can use the money for legal defense. Cuomo faces multiple investigations, including one by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple over allegations he inappropriately touched a woman at the Executive Mansion and a federal probe into his administration's reporting of nursing home deaths. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

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In farewell address, Gov. Cuomo touts accomplishments, continues to denounce allegations against him

BY Morgan McKay New York State

In a pre-recorded “farewell” speech, Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed New Yorkers for the last time as governor as he resigns at midnight amid numerous sexual harassment allegations.

The speech lasted around 16 minutes and Cuomo started it off doubling down once again that the accusations against him are all political attacks.

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Cuomo to deliver farewell address at noon

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before his resignation becomes official at 11:59 p.m., will deliver a farewell address Monday at noon.

Melissa DeRosa, the governor's outgoing secretary, made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter.

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Cuomo's final weekend as governor spent overseeing storm response

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leaves office at 11:59 p.m. this evening amid a series of bruising scandals and controversies, resigning amid allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by 11 women.

But on Saturday and Sunday, that was seemingly a distant concern for the state's response to the hurricane that hit the northeast this weekend.

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Gov. Cuomo says Henri won’t stop his planned resignation

BY Associated Press New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent his second-to-last day in office projecting an image that he is still in control, and still fully engaged as the state dealt with heavy rain from Henri.

The Democrat, who is set to resign at the end of the day Monday, appeared at a televised briefing Sunday surrounded by top state officials involved in the state’s storm response.

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Cuomo’s drive to dominate led to success, and his downfall

BY Associated Press City of Albany

Back in 2018, when there was talk he might run for president, Andrew Cuomo insisted there was only one reason he would leave office early. And it wasn’t the White House. “The only caveat,” he said, “is if God strikes me dead.”

Another possibility will be realized this week, when the Democrat resigns in disgrace, his allies gone, his legacy stained by allegations of sexual harassment. This ending was not brought about by a bolt from the heavens, but by 11 women who told their stories to investigators.

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It's moving day for Cuomo at the Executive Mansion

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In his book "All Things Possible" released in 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote about the time he saw then-Gov. Hugh Carey in 1981 juggling with boxes as he moved out of the Executive Mansion. The humbling scene hit home for Cuomo that when it's over, it's really over.

On Friday, it appeared to be time for Cuomo himself to move out of the mansion on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. Moving trucks — including a U-Haul van and a Ryder truck — entered the grounds of the sprawling Victorian house, and workers in Office of General Services shirts were seen carting items.

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With days left in office, Cuomo's lawyer again contradicts accusers' accounts of sexual harassment

BY Morgan McKay New York State
UPDATED 2:11 PM ET Aug. 20, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has less than three days left in office, but his lawyer, Rita Glavin, came forward on Friday continuing to attack the credibility of the 11 women who accused the governor of sexual harassment.

In a detailed slideshow, Glavin showed pictures of Cuomo at certain events where some of the women allege Cuomo groped them.

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How the Moreland Commission was a precursor to Cuomo's downfall

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an anti-corruption commission meant to root out wrongdoing in state government. Less than a year later, that commission was shuttered as Cuomo reached an agreement with state lawmakers to approve a package of ethics law changes.

Ultimately, the closure of the commission would be investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who ultimately dropped the probe in 2016 and after Cuomo won a second term — an early instance in which the governor first faced real scrutiny from an independent investigator.

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Cuomo, leaving office, files for retirement

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday filed for retirement as he prepares to leave office in one week, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office confirmed.

Cuomo's retirement will take effect on September 1 in keeping with a state pension requirement that an application for retirement must be on file for at least 15 days, but not more than 90 days, before it can occur.

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State lawmakers begin reviewing evidence in Cuomo investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly on Tuesday began reviewing documents gathered by investigators for Attorney General Letitia James' office, as well as those hired by the Legislature as the probe into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversies this year continues.

The review of the documents this week by lawmakers comes a day after Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the investigation into the governor by the Judiciary Committee would continue after initially suspending the effort on Friday, days after Cuomo's announced resignation. Heastie also pledged the committee would release a report on its findings.

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Lawmakers eye Cuomo's pension, scrapping father's name from bridge

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

It’s a bill that has been floated before, but is gaining more steam in light of recent events — changing the name of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge back to the Tappan Zee.

In 2017, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo first renamed the newly rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge, there was quite an uproar among local community members and even some lawmakers.

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Information shows violations of public officers' law in Cuomo probe, lawmaker says

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Lawmakers on the panel leading an investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have seen information that shows violations of the public officers' law, the top Republican on the Assembly Judiciary Committee said in a Capital Tonight interview.

"There are certain provisions of the things that he has done, what we've seen information come in on, that would be violations of the public officers' law," Assemblyman Michael Montesano said.

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New York progressives hope for relations 'reset' with Hochul

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the progressive activists in New York feuded over policy goals at the state Capitol. They fought over increasing the minimum wage and battled over affordable housing and mass transit.

Now, with Cuomo leaving office next Tuesday and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul taking the helm, advocates like Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All hope there will be a fresh start in Albany.

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Heastie: Assembly impeachment team to issue public report

BY Morgan McKay New York State

After facing public backlash, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Monday morning that the Assembly impeachment team looking into Governor Andrew Cuomo would now be issuing a public report on evidence collected over the last five months.

When that report will be released is still unclear, and Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s office says no comment.

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Assembly drops Cuomo impeachment investigation

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The Assembly will be dropping its impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo now that he is resigning in less than 11 days.

This announcement came late in the day on Friday, just hours before a deadline impeachment investigators gave to Cuomo to submit any final documents related to the investigation.

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Heastie: Constitutional concerns led to Cuomo impeachment probe's suspension

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a Capital Tonight interview on Friday defended the decision to suspend an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pointing to the constitutional concerns that have been raised in recent days as well as the separate investigations by law enforcement.

Heastie, meanwhile, insisted no deal had been cut with Cuomo, who resigns Aug. 24 amid a sexual harassment scandal, to hit the pause button on the investigation.

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Good-government groups seek changes to post-Cuomo Albany

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Good-government organizations on Friday called for changes to how New York's state government operates in the wake of the coming resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The groups, including Reinvent Albany, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group, urged the Democratic-led state Assembly to continue investigating the range of controversies that have dogged Cuomo.

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Former Gov. Paterson weighs in on Cuomo's fall, Hochul's rise

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

When David Paterson became governor in 2008, he had little warning. The news flash Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a prostitution ring seemed too surreal to even comprehend.

Days later, Paterson was elevated to the job. And then he had to put a state budget together.

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Lawmakers mull further consequences for Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Andrew Cuomo won't be governor of New York in 13 days, resigning amid a movement in the state Assembly to impeach him as a foregone conclusion.

But even as Cuomo is stepping down amid a wave of controversy surrounding sexual harassment allegations, some lawmakers are considering further consequences for impeached governors in New York.

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Progressives contemplate post-Cuomo politics

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Every four years since 2010, there has been a melodrama over whether Andrew Cuomo would take the ballot line of the progressive Working Families Party.

Every year, Cuomo ultimately would run with the WFP's ballot line. But now, after Cuomo had backed legislation seen as threatening the very existence of the party on the ballot, Cuomo's name won't be in front of votes next year.

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Analysis: Dynastic dreams of a Cuomo fourth term dashed, once again

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

After leaving behind a possible bid for the U.S. presidency, Mario Cuomo tried instead for another feat — a fourth four-year term as governor of New York — a hurdle only Nelson Rockefeller has been able to cross in the state’s history.

But Cuomo could not survive the "Republican Revolution" election year of 1994, losing to Republican George Pataki, who would go on himself to serve three full terms.

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Stewart-Cousins backs further investigating Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Investigations by state lawmakers into the controversies facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the last several months should continue, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday.

"I'm interested, as I'm sure many people are, in knowing what else the governor could be held accountable for and we should be able to get some further indication what else the governor could face in the upcoming days," Stewart-Cousins said in a Capital Tonight interview.

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Analysis: Cuomo departs, insisting he did nothing wrong

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In the summer of 2002, Andrew Cuomo knew he was going down in defeat. His campaign for governor was sputtering, hobbled by a gaffe about Gov. George Pataki and the Sept. 11 attacks, at odds with nearly all of the Democratic establishment that was backing his rival, Carl McCall.

Dropping out of the race before the primary votes were cast, Cuomo blamed his campaign advisors for leading him astray and sinking the campaign — a claim that stretched credulity at the time, given his top advisor is often himself.

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DeFrancisco recounts his battles with Cuomo in state government

BY Lacey Leonardi Onondaga County

Former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco had been an open critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo when they served together, and wrote about some of it in his book.

DeFrancisco says Cuomo’s management style gave him pause as he watched him in office for over eight years.

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More than one dark cloud hangs over Gov. Cuomo's head

BY Andrew Freeman Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Though Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will resign in the wake of a report from the state attorney general that detailed allegations of sexual harassment by 11 women against him, it isn’t the only scandal he is facing.

Democratic State Assembly member Harry Bronson says, undeniably, a lot of good things came from the Cuomo administration.

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New York officials seek to turn the page on Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For those who have worked in and around state government, the reputation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office proceeds itself.

"Tough" are the words Cuomo has preferred to use to describe his approach and the culture he's inculcated with his staff. Those who have dealt with him and his senior aides have used other words, like "toxic" and "bullying."

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Former Lieutenant Governor Duffy speaks out on Cuomo's resignation

BY Rachel Niemi New York State

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Former Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy shared his thoughts on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, standing by his comments that he was unware of the behavior happening in the governor’s office.

Duffy worked as lieutenant governor during Cuomo's first term.

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Political scientist calls Cuomo resignation a 'spectacular downfall'

BY Andy Young Buffalo
UPDATED 4:24 PM ET Aug. 10, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — University at Buffalo political science professor Shawn Donahue wasn't surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaving office, but he was surprised by the timing of the announcement of his resignation, a week after the state attorney general's report alleging Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.

"It seemed like one of his strategies may have been to try to drag out the process as long as possible to possibly see if something would happen where he could maybe remain in power,” he said. “But I think the handwriting was on the wall for him.”

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A history of New York governors leaving office

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest, but certainly not the first, New York governor to leave office early.

There have been eight governors before Cuomo who left office early - six of them resigning to take another office, one who left following allegations of misconduct, and another removed from office.

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Live Blog: Cuomo attorney offers apology to state trooper

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 7:55 AM ET Aug. 10, 2021

By Morgan McKay

After months of investigating sexual harassment allegations by several women against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday morning that her office has concluded that the governor "sexually harassed multiple women" and violated federal and state law.

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Analysis: Why lawmakers are charting deliberate impeachment path

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Assemblyman Charles Lavine, the top Democrat leading the impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, insisted on Monday he wants to get the procedure right.

He repeatedly pointed to a rather unwieldly word -- "malversation" -- to explain the approach lawmakers on the Assembly Judiciary Committee are taking.

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Cuomo attorney offers apology to state trooper

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An attorney for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday offered an apology to the state trooper the governor is accused of having touched inappropriately, an allegation that is among the new claims in a report released last week.

“With respect to trooper number one, he wants to apologize to her,” Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin said in a CNN interview. “He has tremendous respect for her and he never in any way, shape, or form meant to make her feel as if he was touching her in a sexual way.”

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Cuomo yet to address trooper allegation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An attorney for Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the governor himself will address the sexual harrassment allegation by a member of his State Police security "very, very soon."

The state trooper is one of the 11 women who has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. A report released last week by investigators hired by Attorney General Letitia James deemed the allegations credible.

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Analysis: Is Cuomo's exit inevitable?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The report landed like a bombshell in the halls of the state Capitol. The sexual harassment allegations leveled against a powerful and feared politician had been corroborated. Support that he had built up over decades began to melt away. There were calls for him to resign and, if he didn't, for the state Legislature to take action.

"As I said yesterday, there should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment and we must now send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in 2013. "Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month. He should resign effective immediately and if he does not, he must be expelled."

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Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign

BY Associated Press City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As New York’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul has spent years on the road as the friendly face of the administration, visiting the far-flung coffee shops and factory floors of each of the state’s 62 counties for countless ribbon-cutting ceremonies and civic cheerleading events.

Now, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing possible impeachment over sexual harassment allegations, her next stop may be the state Capitol of Albany.

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What are the chances Cuomo stays in office? What the PredictIt.org website tells us

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

ALBANY, N.Y. — PredictIt.org is essentially a stock or futures market for politics. Instead of buying shares in companies, people are able to buy shares in the outcomes of political events with prices driven by how many people are buying and selling.

"The science tells us that when we combine lots of different opinions, you know this as the wisdom of the crowd," said Andreas Katsouris, PredictIt director of strategy. "When we combine lots of different opinions on the future together, we end up with pretty accurate forecasts."

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Albany contemplates life without Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The sexual harassment scandal engulfing Gov. Andrew Cuomo is forcing lawmakers and advocates to contemplate what for many still seems a bit mind bending: Albany without Cuomo in the governor's office.

Cuomo is the nation's longest serving governor and for the last 10 years has assertively wielded power as New York's chief executive, which already has inherently robust powers. But as Cuomo faces calls for his resignation and is staring down the increasing likelihood he will be impeached, some Democrats are considering a post-Cuomo world.

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Kathy Hochul allies say she's very prepared to be governor

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some Republicans in New York have questioned whether Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is prepared to take over for Gov. Andrew Cuomo should he resign or be impeached and removed by the Legislature after the attorney general's report on sexual harassment allegations.

Former Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Len Lenihan thinks the answer is simple.

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New York Democratic Party chair: Cuomo thinks he got a raw deal

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handpicked state Democratic Party chairman called on him to resign on Wednesday, it was a clear signal to many that the three-term governor had lost his core political support system. Jay Jacobs, who also chairs the Nassau County Democrats, has been one of Cuomo’s most enthusiastic supporters and allies. Until Tuesday, he had always, at least publicly, fully supported the governor.

When asked why he think the governor won’t resign, Jacobs told Capital Tonight that Cuomo thinks he has a shot if he fights.

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New York House Republicans call for documents in civil nursing home inquiry

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Republican members of New York's House delegation on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to release records that had been part of the Justice Department's civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in the state.

The request for documents comes after the Department of Justice signaled it would not pursue an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act stemming from the deaths of nursing home residents in New York and other states.

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Cuomo’s own American crisis

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

In the hours since the release of New York Attorney General Letitia James' damning report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the governor has loomed large in state and national news cycles, but has otherwise not been seen or heard.

The one exception was his appearance in a pre-produced, scripted video statement that did little to illuminate his side of the allegations against him.

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