Calls continue for ending Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. | Photo: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool.

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 23, 2021 09:44 AM
Created: February 23, 2021 04:06 AM

There is growing controversy surrounding the Cuomo administration’s handling of COVID-related deaths in New York nursing homes.

State lawmakers are now taking more steps to reign in Gov. Cuomo’s emergency powers.

A group of Republicans from the state Assembly and Senate say the Legislature, which is supposed to be an equal branch, has been cut out for too long.

Some members of the state Democratic Committee have also moved to censure the governor. One of them is Patrick Nelson. He says Democrats can put the good of the state ahead of party allegiance, and they will be different from right-wing extremists.

"They stand by their leaders when they do something wrong. We hold our leaders accountable, and I think it is important that folks understand that contrast,” Nelson said. “I think it's the right thing to do as leaders of the Democratic Party. To ensure that we speak our minds and seek accountability when something has been done wrong."

Democrats are trying to pass legislation they say will help protect people living in nursing homes.


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