The New York State Assembly will suspend its impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo after his resignation takes effect on August 25, according to Speaker Carl Heastie.
The Judiciary Committee advised the Assembly that the state constitution does not authorize impeaching an elected official who is no longer in office.
Gov. Cuomo announced his resignation in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, a week after the state attorney general found he sexually harassed at least 11 women and contributed to a hostile work environment in his office.
The impeachment investigation into Cuomo was authorized in March after multiple sexual harassment allegations against him surfaced.
Heastie said the committee's work over the last several months uncovered evidence that "could likely have resulted in articles of impeachment had he not resigned."
While Cuomo disputes many facts in the state attorney general's report and attributed his behavior to being "too familiar with people," he also apologized to those he "truly offended."
Taking over for Cuomo after his resignation will be Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul. She will make history as the first woman ever to serve as governor of New York.