Ortt calls for Cuomo impeachment, faults governor for ‘morass of scandal’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 March 2021 at 8:13 pm

State Senator Rob Ortt, the Republican conference leader in the State Senate, issued a statement this evening calling for the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Rob Ortt

Ortt follows Assembly Republicans, including minority conference leader Will Barclay and Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, in pressing for the governor’s impeachment.

Ortt’s statement came after a sixth woman accused the governor of sexual harassment.

Ortt’s district includes Orleans, Niagara and parts of western Monroe. He issued this statement:

“The Governor is no longer capable of leading New York at a time when we need leadership. New York State is still fighting this deadly pandemic and we are days away from beginning state budget negotiations. With so much at stake, he and his closest aides continue to plunge Albany into a morass of scandal, the scale and scope of which are truly unprecedented.

“These are dark and shameful days for our state government. Despite all the swirling scandals, all the investigations, all the damning media reports, and all the victims of his destructive behavior coming forward, Governor Cuomo remains arrogantly defiant.

“The era of this Governor’s misdeeds must come to an end. We as state legislators must bring it to an end. I support my colleague Assembly Leader Barclay’s call for the Assembly to begin the impeachment process immediately.”