NY legislators seek repeal of Gov. Cuomo’s emergency powers amid pair of scandals
New York lawmakers are working on a bill that would strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his temporary emergency powers amid growing questions into his handling of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and allegations of sexual harassment.
State Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that they expect legislation will repeal the emergency powers extended to Gov. Cuomo when the pandemic began.
Those powers give the governor the ability to order measures like quarantines, and getting rid of them would return that power back to local governments.
New Yorkers are also growing frustrated as several different grassroot organizations protesting outside Cuomo’s midtown office and calling on him to step down.
“This is the same governor who cut Medicaid at the height of a pandemic,” says Samathy Kumar. “It’s the same governor who covered up thousands of nursing home deaths and left family members without a clue of their loved ones.”
A vote is expected Friday on whether the governor’s emergency powers will be stripped, but lawmakers say they are confident they will.