During the impeachment trials of former President Donald Trump, I wrote a series of articles in the New York Law Journal delving into various issues and ambiguities of the constitutional process. New York has its own version of the impeachment process, and, just as there are problems with the federal model, our state’s process needs a basic overhaul.
Fortunately, New Yorkers will not have to live through the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. With his resignation, the Assembly concluded, correctly I believe, that it no longer had jurisdiction to impeach him. However, in addition to releasing a report of their investigation, the state legislature ought to take a hard look at the impeachment process itself. Without Cuomo on trial, a more dispassionate review of the law is in order.