Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Impeachment Of Governor Andrew Cuomo Goes Nowhere - No Surprises Here

 

Speaker Carl Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In New York State, did anyone really believe that Governor Andrew Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would be held accountable for any of his actions, including sexual harassment of women who worked for him?

Reporter who covered Cuomo for years recounts governor's 'checkered, bullying, spiteful' past

Nope.

 Betsy Combier

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Even the impeachment of Gov. Cuomo is just grist for corruption

NY POST Editorial Board, May 31, 2021

The charges against Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t be real until Speaker Carl Heastie says they are.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who’s nominally in charge of the supposed Cuomo impeachment inquiry, admitted last week that there’s no end anywhere in sight. Nor will there be, until Speaker Carl Heastie decides he wants it.

At just the third Judiciary Committee meeting to even pretend to address the issue since the ball supposedly started rolling in March, Lavine merely announced that the $250,000 for outside lawyers at Davis Polk & Wardwell is just the start; the Assembly will spend as much “as needed” on its investigation.

Meanwhile, The Post’s Bernadette Hogan reported that Heastie dutifully played middleman when Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted Assemblyman Ron Kim to walk back his truth-telling about the admission by top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa that Team Cuomo had intentionally kept legislators in the dark about the true COVID death toll in state nursing homes.

At the gov’s behest, Heastie had an aide “relay” Cuomo’s request that Kim deny what he’d already told the press. “I came to the conclusion that if I put out this statement, that I would be complicit in the coverup,” Kim told The Post.

And Heastie had his staff convey that invitation to help deceive the public, not the first time he’s had staff relay the gov’s threats.

So it stands to reason the Assembly’s impeachment probe won’t get very far until Cuomo tells Heastie it’s time to wrap it up. And, sadly, all Cuomo has to do in return is let the speaker have his way with public policy — the public interest be damned.

Pretty sordid, isn’t it, that even the effort to hold a governor to account for horrific abuse of his office is just grist for another corrupt bargain?

1 comment:

  1. Texas also has a corruption issue where Quid Pro Quo lacked importance to the Texas Supreme Court and Document tampering in the Appellate court by the Appellate court goes unchecked. Lack of accountability contributes to corruption. Fear of those in the State Bars to convict someone they may go up against in courts hinders effective punishment. Each state should have its own State Board of Legal Professionals run by non-legal professionals to address corruption, determine the continuance of the right to practice law, and act as judge over convictions and prison sentences for those court officials. Without accountability, corruption grows without bounds. With a State Board to review, convict and punish legal transgressions, the step towards accountability increases. See Facebook @WomenAgainstLegalAbuse and www.SMANow.org for details of exposed corruption requiring accountability and criminal sanctions to lawyers and judges.

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