Assemblyman Brian Manktelow (R,C,I-Lyons) joined his colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference to introduce an impeachment resolution at a press conference in Albany this afternoon. Despite growing calls for his resignation from both sides of the aisle in both the Assembly and Senate, as well as numerous figure heads from across the nation, Gov. Cuomo has stated he will not be resigning. Over the weekend, two more former aides to the governor came forward with allegations of sexual harassment, and it was revealed that structural problems with the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge were also covered up.
“It is clear Gov. Cuomo is unwilling to do what is right and resign from his position as governor,” said Manktelow. “Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Legislature to move forward with impeachment. Today’s resolution calls for a simple vote from the Assembly, and if passed, the process would then move to the Senate for an impeachment trial to begin. It is downright shameful for the governor to still be holding his position given the cover-up of his mistake which caused thousands of nursing home deaths, allegations of sexual harassment from five women, and now potential issues with the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that dates back five years. If he really cares about New York, he will step down, but seeing as he is unwilling to admit defeat, we need to move forward to protect New York by removing him from office.”