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What’s Next for Gov. Andrew Cuomo After His Resignation Over Sex Harass Claims?

~ August, 2021 ~ Gov. Cuomo’s shocking resignation Tuesday finally put an end to the demands that he leave office in disgrace — but he still faces multiple criminal investigations and a potential impeachment that could bar him from running for office again.

Cuomo is also planning to move out of Albany’s Executive Mansion without a home of his own and a ruined reputation that could sink an attempt to buy a place that requires the approval of any would-be neighbors.

Cuomo likely has no idea where he’ll go, one longtime pal told The Post, while another predicted the nearly-three-term Democrat will “take a long vacation” before he starts thinking about trying to rebuild his shattered life.

But any planning could prove premature, with at least five district attorneys — in Manhattan and Albany, as well as Nassau, Westchester and Oswego counties — investigating allegations contained in the sexual harassment report issued Aug. 3 by state Attorney General Letitia James that led Cuomo to throw in the towel.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Aug. 10, 2021. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

One of the 11 women that James said Cuomo, 63, harassed — executive assistant Brittany Commisso, 32 — last week filed a complaint against him with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

That led Sheriff Craig Apple to say that Cuomo could face “a couple” of misdemeanor charges over allegations he groped her breast and grabbed her butt on separate occasions.

James has also said that her office is still conducting a criminal probe into whether Cuomo misused government resources by having state employees help produce and promote his memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which he sold to the Crown Publishing Group for $5.1 million.

And the FBI and Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office investigations of Cuomo and his administration’s handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis, a probe sparked by The Post’s revelation that then-top aide Melissa DeRosa admitted to Democratic lawmakers that officials had covered up the total nursing home death toll from COVID-19.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks to his helicopter after announcing his resignationNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walks to his helicopter after announcing his resignation. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

“We need to proceed to hold him accountable for the nursing home deaths and the book deal. That’s not going away,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), one of the governor’s most outspoken critics.

Cuomo’s resignation, which he said takes effect in two weeks, came one day after Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) said an impeachment probe launched in March would be wrapped up “with all due haste.”

Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D-Long Island) also vowed that any articles of impeachment draw up against Cuomo “will be airtight.”

It was unclear Tuesday how Cuomo’s resignation would affect that process, which could lead to a sentence barring him from seeking office again were he convicted after a trial in the state Senate.

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosaSecretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa resigned on Aug. 8.  AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File

“The committee will meet and determine where we go from here,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Westchester), a Judiciary Committee member.

“Whether we can pursue impeachment as a political and legal matter is something we’re looking at. Our lawyers are looking at it.”

Abinanti also said he believed the committee had “an obligation to report back to the Assembly” regardless of whether it approved articles of impeachment.

A Democratic member of the Assembly member who spoke on condition of anonymity said legislators may no longer be the political appetite to impeach Cuomo.

New York State Attorney General Letitia JamesAn investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia James found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey

“It’s a lot of work and expense,” the source said.

“There’s a legitimate question whether there is such a thing as impeaching someone who is no longer the governor. The one substantive action that could be taken would be to bar him from future office.”

Given Cuomo’s notoriety and rock-bottom poll numbers, the source added, “I doubt that’s something we need to worry about.”

The Sexual Harassment Working Group, made up of former legislative employees, demanded that the Assembly “continue its impeachment investigation, and the Court of Impeachment should convict Cuomo and prevent him from running for public office in the future.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie discuss the findings for an impeachment caseAssembly Speaker Carl Heastie discusses the findings for an impeachment case against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.     
Photo: Reuters /Cindy Schultz

“We continue to call on the Assembly to break its habit of offering an escape hatch for sexual predators in the workplace,” the group said in a statement.

“For decades, we have experienced and seen women and men suffer the consequences of legislators’ ethically bankrupt nonchalance.”

A longtime Cuomo pal, when asked where the soon-to-be-ex-governor would likely relocate, said, “I don’t know that he knows.”

Cuomo, who has three grown daughters with ex-wife Kerry Kennedy, doesn’t own any property in his own name and hasn’t lived in a private residence since his 2019 split from celebrity chef Sandra Lee, who owned a four-bedroom Colonial in Mount Kisco, dubbed “Lily Pond,” that she sold in 2020 for $1.85 million.

When Cuomo separated from Kennedy in 2002, he reportedly moved into the United Nations Plaza apartment of pal Jeffrey Sachs, a Columbia University economics professor.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, is followed by former Executive Secretary Melissa DeRosa (pola dots) and his daughter Michaela Kennedy Cuomo as they prepare to board a helicopterNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is followed by former Executive Secretary Melissa DeRosa and his daughter Michaela Kennedy Cuomo as they prepare to board a helicopter. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Cuomo also has family members he could hit up for temporary living quarters, including his younger brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who made a spectacle of moving into the basement of his $2.9 million Southampton home while sick with COVID-19 last year.

Another longtime pal said Cuomo said, “My guess is he’ll take a long vacation.”

The friend also said that Cuomo, who was briefly a real-estate lawyer before going into government, could return to that work.

“In his bones, Andy is a deal guy. He knows how to put deals together,” the source said.
“I think he’ll head into real estate or [mergers and acquisitions].”

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