(TNS) —  In the wake of findings that the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state will soon move forward with plans to strengthen the voting systems at county boards of election statewide.

Cuomo said Tuesday the state will solicit contracts starting the first week of August to undertake cybersecurity risk assessments, enhance intrusion detection devices, and managed security services.

Cuomo and the state Legislature in the budget enacted in March included $5 million for the effort to strengthen the state’s election cyber security infrastructure.

"While President Trump stands by those who seek to undermine our democracy, New York is taking aggressive action to protect our elections from foreign interference," he said.

After earlier demurring when asked if Trump should be impeached for siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies who found Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Cuomo blasted the President later in the day for his claim he misspoke on the issue.

“Mr. President: Do you think the American people are stupid?” Cuomo said in a statement. “You're the leader of the free world - you don't misspeak when it comes to our foreign enemies. You shamefully defended those who tried to sabotage our democracy, and now Congress must decide if your remarks or actions were in fact treasonous.”

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