Sen. Skoufis: Assembly can still move forward with impeachment proceedings against Cuomo
Sen. James Skoufis is among many lawmakers weighing in on the governor’s bombshell resignation, calling Tuesday a ‘somber moment for the state.’
“This guy went from the most popular politician in America at the height of COVID and now he’s resigned in disgrace," says Skoufis.
After a monthslong political fall from grace, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday.
“Wasting money on government distractions is the last thing New York should be doing and I cannot be the cause of that," he said.
Cuomo's reign comes to an end amid talks to impeach and political pressure to step down, including a bill co-sponsored by Skoufis to bar impeached politicians from receiving state pensions.
“It’s a bill worth moving forward with because who knows what situation we may find ourselves in like this sometime soon," says Skoufis.
Skoufis says the Assembly can still move forward with impeachment proceedings and that the attorney general's investigation and findings against Cuomo are "ironclad."
Skoufis said he had seen some of the evidence and when asked if Cuomo was trying to gaslight people, he replied, “I think his remarks in many ways were outrageous.”
“I had seen enough evidence … text messages, photos, emails, that it was very clear to me that this all happened, that he sexually harassed these women in and around his office," he says.
Skoufis says even though the scandal is a blight on New York history, he says the state's future - and first female governor - is now something to look forward to.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt also commented on the governor’s resignation, calling it a "small measure of justice for his victims."