Aug 10, 2021
By Jane Brown
Lawmakers in New York State have taken another step toward Governor Andrew Cuomo’s possible impeachment, while an executive assistant on Cuomo’s staff is accusing him of groping her.
Brittany Commisso is among eleven women who say they were sexually harassed by Cuomo.
She says she initially remained anonymous for fear the governor’s “enablers” would destroy her and she wanted to protect her daughter. But she now says speaking out shows her daughter that she has a voice.
Commisso claims the first incident of groping was in December of 2019 when the governor suggested the two take a selfie.
“I then felt while taking the selfie, his hand go down my back on to my butt and he started rubbing it,” Commisso told CBS and The Times Union of Albany.
Commisso says the second time was about 11 months later, “and that’s when he put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra. I exactly remember looking down, seeing his hand, which is a large hand, thinking to myself, oh my God.”
Meantime, members of the State Assembly are conducting an impeachment investigation looking into other allegations of misconduct by Andrew Cuomo who has denied touching anyone inappropriately.
The judiciary committee, which has given Cuomo until Friday to respond to the allegations, will continue to meet in private through at least Aug. 23 to discuss hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and other evidence. Lawmakers plan to have public hearings featuring testimony from experts on sexual harassment and on impeachment procedures, though it’s unclear whether they would call any of the women or other witnesses to testify.
Any vote to start an impeachment trial would lead to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul serving as acting governor and trigger a 30-day period for Cuomo to respond.