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Calls to revoke Cuomo's Emergency Powers

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 23:17:34-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than a dozen elected leaders want an investigation into Governor Cuomo.

Republican leaders are calling for the governor to be impeached, and his emergency powers revoked.

"He has grossly abused his power and he has destroyed the credibility and the trust of the office of the governor," said Nick Langworthy, NYGOP Chairman.

But what would that process be like? Associate Professor of Political Science at UB Dr. Jacob Neiheisel said it would look a lot like a federal-level impeachment.

"There would be a vote in the Assembly, and then it would go to a second stage of the process, much like we're seeing right now in the U.S. Senate," said Dr. Neiheisel. "The way in which it differs, I think that the senate is absolutely involved in that part, but there are also some other offices who are on basically the trial board if you would for someone like a governor."

Assemblyman David DiPietro introduced a bill that would end his Executive Power "immediately." The legislation is co-sponsored by Assemblymember Monica Wallace.

In a statement to 7 Eyewitness News she said in part "It's time revoke the emergency powers of the Governor. And we must put laws and procedures in place to make sure this never happens again."

But Dr. Neiheisel said the likelihood of these things happening isn't very high, as the democrats control the assembly and the state senate.

"There would be the vote to remove emergency powers or non-renewal thereof, and then there would be potentially a vote on impeachment. You know I think it's useful to look at how realistic those are which is to say that it's not very [realistic]," he said.

The governor's emergency powers expire at the end of April.