Assembly Republicans to launch impeachment effort against Gov. Cuomo

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Republicans in the state Assembly have drafted a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of mounting allegations that he sexually harassed and otherwise behaved inappropriately with female aides, a spokesman said Monday.

The resolution will be introduced before the end of the day, a spokesman for Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) said.

The move comes after Cuomo on Sunday reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) that lawmakers would have to impeach him if they want him out of office.

That conversation, reported by the Associated Press, came shortly before Cuomo publicly vowed for a second time not to resign over the scandal — which led Stewart-Cousins to issue a statement calling on him to quit.

“Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” she said.

“We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

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