New York state lawmakers have unanimously moved to issue subpoenas in the sexual harassment probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo a closed-door session.
The committee will be issuing subpoenas,” announced Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine (D-Nassau) during a brief public session of the meeting, after emerging from an hour and a half private, “executive session.”
Lavine said that the probe has received more than 100,000 documents including “email, texts, and letter correspondence, photographs, training material, policy reports, contracts, transcripts and other material.”
By issuing subpoenas the committee and its law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell will be able to take sworn testimony from the accusers as well as former and current staff members.
The probe is investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, whether the administration willingly withheld information pertaining to coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes and the alleged misuse of state resources tied to his $5.1 million book deal.
Republican lawmakers slammed the probe as dragging its feet since March.
“Nearly four months after starting their impeachment investigation, the Assembly Judiciary Committee today announced they would issue subpoenas. While it’s nice to see them finally taking action that Senate Democrats have failed to do for months, this should have been done at the start of the investigation,” said State Sen. Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport).
“The delay in issuing subpoenas seems to underscore the point I have made repeatedly: the Assembly investigation seems to be more focused on buying time for the Governor than truly holding him accountable and getting the answers that New Yorkers deserve,” Ortt added.