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Cuomo Impeachment Hotline Swamped With Tips

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There's more trouble for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. CBS2 has learned the hotline set up as part of the state Assembly's impeachment process has been swamped with tips containing information about alleged wrong-doing by the state's chief executive; CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the story.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: More trouble for Governor Cuomo. CBS 2 has learned the hotline set up as part of the assembly's impeachment process has been swamped with tips.

JESSICA MOORE: The messages contain information about alleged wrongdoing by the state's chief executive. CBS 2 political reporter Marcia Kramer with the story.

ANA LISS: I was a young, vulnerable woman in what felt like a cesspit of toxicity.

- He's lonely, he's tired. I thought he was trying to sleep with me.

MARCIA KRAMER: New Yorkers have already gotten an earful, and now assembly members considering the possible impeachment of Governor Cuomo are about to get a whole lot more. Not only hearing about sexual harassment allegations, but charges Cuomo aides cooked the books on nursing home desk during the pandemic, and other possible improprieties. The Cuomo impeachment hotline has gotten dozens and dozens of tips with information for investigators to follow.

CHARLES LAVINE: There have been well in excess of 100 communications through the hotline. We want to make sure that we leave no stone unturned during the course of this investigation.

MARCIA KRAMER: Assemblyman Charles Lavine is heading up the Cuomo impeachment probe.

Do you expect him to take testimony from the governor, or any other people in the executive chamber?

CHARLES LAVINE: There have been communications with counsel for representatives or members of the executive chamber.

MARCIA KRAMER: Assemblyman Michael Montesano is also a member of the impeachment panel. He says there will also be an examination of the book Cuomo wrote about the pandemic, and whether information on nursing home deaths was covered up to make him look good.

MICHAEL MONTESANO: There's is an idea out there that in order to make the book fit the story fit in the book, the statistical data had to be changed.

MARCIA KRAMER: Montesano tells CBS 2 that members of the assembly were also concerned about the treatment of current employees still working for Cuomo who have made sexual harassment charges.

MICHAEL MONTESANO: We're always concerned about that. There can be no retaliation to the worker.

MARCIA KRAMER: The governor was asked about that yesterday.

ANDREW CUOMO: Obviously, my hope is that everybody treats everyone with respect and professionalism and collegiality.

MARCIA KRAMER: A Cuomo spokesman downplayed the significance of the tips, pointing out that there are 19 million people in New York state. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 News.