Erie County Legislator Dr. Kevin Hardwick said he doesn’t suspect that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will resign anytime soon despite multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations made against him by multiple women.
“I suspect that he’ll hang in there. I don’t think that he’ll resign anytime soon anyway,” Hardwick said.
The New York State Assembly — controlled by a Democrat majority — recently launched an impeachment investigation, authorized by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Lindsey Boylan was the first woman to publicly come forward and accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment. According to CNN, Boylan alleges that he tried to kiss her during a meeting in his office in 2018.
Another woman then accused him of groping her at the Executive Mansion last year, according to a report featured in the Times Union.
Cuomo has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
“There are serious allegations. I think that many of them are credible. Like a lot of people, I’m concerned about a toxic environment in the governor’s office and I think we have to take this seriously,” Hardwick said on the matter.
Currently, there are statewide calls for the governor’s resignation: Hardwick predicts that there might soon be more public officials that will step forward to call for him to resign.
A majority of the 150 members of the State Assembly will have to vote in favor of his impeachment.
Hardwick clarified that his impeachment refers to formally charging Cuomo, but it does not mean the governor will leave office.
Following a possible impeachment, there would be a trial. If impeached during the trial, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochol would become the acting governor.