(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is expected to be stripped of his emergency powers as part of a new legislative deal between New York’s state senate and Assembly.
Legislators agreed to the new deal on Tuesday which reversed the emergency powers given to Cuomo in March of last year during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The powers gave the governor the ability to implement quarantines and take other executive actions related to public health.
The stripping of the governor’s powers comes at a time when the high-profile Democrat defends himself against allegations of sexual harassment by multiple women.
A billboard erected in Albany, New York, called on Cuomo to resign following the allegations.
‘Resign Now!’ billboard along Albany’s 787 interstate highway is targeting @NYGovCuomo amidst dueling scandals involving nursing homes and sexual harassment allegations —> https://t.co/gSN8DDp7G6 via @nypmetro
— Bernadette Hogan (@bern_hogan) March 2, 2021
New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins released a statement revealing why they believe now is the right time to strip Cuomo of his new powers.
“I think everyone understands where we were back in March and where we are now,” the statement said. “We certainly see the need for a quick response but also want to move toward a system of increased oversight, and review. The public deserves to have checks and balances. Our proposal would create a system with increased input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected.”
Cuomo’s authoritarian powers have caused a great deal of controversy in the state. Not just for his restrictive lockdown and quarantine rules, but also because of his disastrous order that sent infected COVID-19 patients into nursing homes.
The true number of fatalities caused by COVID-19 in nursing homes in New York is still unknown after Cuomo’s office admitted that they were concerned about revealing the true numbers over public scrutiny.
The bill is expected to pass on Friday, and it would give Cuomo just 30 more days to take executive action on vaccinations, the use of face coverings, and other lockdown measures.
After 30 days, Cuomo will be required to notify legislative leaders in his state before taking any further action on the COVID pandemic.