But the governor’s announcement, made a week after the state attorney general’s report accused him of sexually harassing 11 women, threw those plans into question.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was unclear whether the State Assembly would move forward with its impeachment process. If Mr. Cuomo were impeached and convicted, he would be barred from holding state office again. The judiciary committee, which is leading the investigation, is set to meet on Aug. 16.In addition to the sexual harassment allegations, the committee’s investigation has been looking into the administration’s handling of nursing homes and whether the governor improperly used state resources in the writing and promotion of his memoir about the pandemic.
Some lawmakers said the process should continue, while privately others wondered whether there was any reason to go forward with the inquiry.
Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, a Democrat on the judiciary committee who represents Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights in Queens, said that lawmakers had “a lot to consider.”
“The end result of an impeachment proceeding is that whoever’s in that seat has to leave the seat and will never be able to run for that office again,” she said. “Because this has always been about the people of New York and not some sort of political revenge, we are going to meet as a committee sometime in the next couple of days and determine the next steps in this process.”
David Weprin, another Democrat on the committee who represents northeastern Queens, said in a statement that he recognized “that an impeachment trial would cost millions of dollars and it would be a distraction from governance.”
Other members said that the process should undoubtedly go forward. Yuh-Line Niou, a Democratic member of the Assembly whose district includes parts of Lower Manhattan, said on Twitter and in an interview that it was important for the legislature to hold the governor accountable, regardless of his intention to resign.
She cited the governor’s statement that his resignation would take effect in two weeks, saying that the waiting period was “dangerous for his staff and those he may retaliate against.”
But Ms. Niou said she could not be certain that the political will to impeach Mr. Cuomo would remain.
John McDonald, a Democratic Assembly member from the Albany area, said in a phone interview that the chamber’s investigation should proceed.
“We need to let the judiciary committee do its work and then we will meet as a conference,” he said, adding, “I don’t think its one of those things, like, ‘the governor has resigned, the impeachment is over.’”
Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat who represents Flushing, Queens, said that resigning did not absolve the governor “of the crimes he may have committed.” Mr. Kim has described Mr. Cuomo yelling at him in a private phone call after Mr. Kim criticized the governor’s handling of the state’s nursing homes during the pandemic.
“It is our job to expose the truth and continue to hold him accountable,” Mr. Kim said. “Otherwise, his abusive and toxic style of governance will continue on in places like Albany.”
“My colleagues will reconvene to decide on impeachment soon,” he added.