Monday Morning Memo – August 9
Good Morning from the State Capitol…
Gov. Andrew Cuomo works by the pool with Stephanie Benton, director of the Governor’s office at the New York State Mansion on Aug. 5, 2021, in Albany.
The report detailed accusations from eleven women that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them and found all eleven to be credible. The report found that Cuomo violated state and federal sexual harassment laws as well as internal Executive Chamber rules and procedures.
Here are a couple of the best takes on the current state of play:
Late last night, Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa resigned. Her statement is here. Expect more resignations as well as additional revelations over the next few days. Scroll down for more fallout from the AG’s report.
What’s next for Governor Cuomo? The last Governor to be impeached was more than 100 years ago. Our Jack O’Donnell quite literally wrote the book on the procedure and Governor Sulzer’s downfall in 1913.
Jack shared his political expertise on impeachment from past to present with several media outlets last week:
About Bitten By The Tiger:
Sulzer’s story is one of great achievement and a most spectacular fall. A tale of money, lies, power, and treachery, the story of William Sulzer is also a lesson from New York’s political past. This is a story of great betrayal: Sulzer’s election victories came from Tammany Hall . . . and his impeachment was engineered by that same Tammany Hall, personally orchestrated by the man who made him governor, boss Charlie Murphy. Read more here.
It was also an active week in Washington D.C….
While Senators moved forward, House Democrats doubled down on their criticism of the BIF. House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Leadership have their own “first-of-the-twenty-first-century” $715 billion surface transportation bill. They have continued to insist that without key provisions from the reconciliation package, the bipartisan infrastructure framework is a nonstarter. “We are not moving their so-called bipartisan bill until we have reconciliation in hand passed by the Senate,” DeFazio said. “At this point, we don’t know what will be in [the reconciliation package], but hopefully we will fix some of the issues that have been created by this so-called bipartisan bill.” Democrats hold a slim enough majority in the House that even a few defections could sink legislation, and progressives have been open in recent days about their reluctance to support the infrastructure legislation without an ironclad guarantee that the budget package, expected to cost about $3.5 trillion, will become law. “The Progressive Caucus has had moral clarity, and a clarion call for three months, that we need to deliver the entirety of these two packages together, so that’s going to continue to be our approach,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chairwoman of the group.
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