NEW YORK — The New York State Assembly on Monday released a 63-page report summarizing its impeachment investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The legislative investigation found “overwhelming evidence” that Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment and ordered state workers to help produce his book on the COVID-19 pandemic during work hours. The former governor was guaranteed at least $5.2 million in personal profit for the book, according to the report.
Additionally, impeachment investigators concluded Cuomo and his administration were not fully transparent when reporting the number of nursing home residents who died if COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic in spring of 2020.
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In March, the Assembly Judiciary Committee hired a Manhattan law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell, to investigate whether there were grounds to impeach Cuomo.
Cuomo, a Democrat, resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial in the wake of another investigation that found he sexually harassed at least 11 women. That investigation was led by two independent attorneys selected by state Attorney General Letitia James, also a Democrat.
The Assembly investigators said they reviewed that sexual harassment investigation, as well as thousands of pages of documents gathered by Davis Polk that ranged from photographs to emails to recordings of phone calls to video recordings.
Davis Polk investigators didn’t interview Cuomo, who instead provided written submissions.
The report was also the first formal investigation to examine Cuomo’s $5.2 million book deal. According to the report, it quickly consumed taxpayer resources during the crucial early days of the pandemic.
One staffer even texted that “the book was compromising his ability to work on other COVID-related matters.”
Assemblyman Ron Kim, a longtime outspoken Cuomo critic, said he believes the information in the book that sets up it’s publication as a motive for concealing nursing home data could finally results in some legal accountability for the former governor.
“Words can’t describe the impact of that action, because he took away our ability to legislate, to offer real solutions last year to save people’s lives,” Kim said.
Others were disappointed that the report did not break much new ground on Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes.
Cuomo’s spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi, provided a lengthy response, assailing the methods and findings of the impeachment report. He indicted it for relying too heavily on the report out of the office of Attorney General James.
Cuomo has denied that he ever intended to touch anyone inappropriately and said he never meant to make anyone uncomfortable with sexual remarks. He has also flat-out denied some allegations, including an executive assistant’s claim that he groped her breasts at the governor’s official residence, the Executive Mansion, last winter.
Cuomo has demanded that Assembly investigators hand over all their evidence against him, but Judiciary Committee members say he isn’t entitled to that evidence.