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Political Pressure Building Against Gov. Andrew Cuomo Amid Sexual Harassment, Bullying Allegations

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Political pressure is building against Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he refuses to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment and bullying. New York's Senate Majority Leader is now saying a potential impeachment trial would result in conviction; CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the latest developments.

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DICK BRENNAN: Political pressure is building against Governor Cuomo as he refuses to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: New York's Senate Majority Leader is now saying a potential impeachment trial would result in conviction. CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has this development.

MARCIA KRAMER: The question about Governor Cuomo that was put to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was simple and straightforward. Does the upper house have the votes to impeach New York's chief executive?

ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: You know, I think a majority of my members have come out and suggested that the governor should resign. So you know, I haven't canvassed anyone. But you know, I think the majority of my members have spoken.

MARCIA KRAMER: Although seven women have come forward charging Governor Cuomo with sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, a lot has to happen before the governor would face a senate trial. First, the assembly would have to vote articles of impeachment. The lower house is still at the investigation stage, hiring an outside lawyer to conduct a wide-ranging probe.

It will not be limited to the sexual harassment charges. It will include nursing homes and problems with the Mario Cuomo Bridge, among other things.

RON KIM: We have a wide range of issues that come up, and every one of those concerns are important.

MARCIA KRAMER: Assemblyman Ron Kim, who claims the governor bullied him over the nursing home investigation, also wants the probe to look at the governor's book contract to see if that played a role in the administration's decision to downplay COVID deaths in nursing homes.

RON KIM: I'm confident there is some personal profit motives built into the contracts. For example, how much money would he receive if he makes "The New York Times" Bestseller List?

MARCIA KRAMER: Speaking of bullying, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she's also experienced that side of the governor's personality.

ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS: The governor is well-known for being who he is, and you know, making sure that you know exactly what he feels. So you know, this Andrew Cuomo is certainly somebody who I have met, but I mean, like I said, I don't get bullied.

MARCIA KRAMER: Meanwhile, it was business as usual for Governor Cuomo, who chaired a White House COVID briefing over Zoom as chairman of the National Governors Conference. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS2 News.