State GOP lawmakers chide 'bogus backroom emergency powers' deal

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 03, 2021 06:30 PM
Created: March 03, 2021 05:23 PM

The Democratic-controlled state Assembly and Senate reached a deal to limit the governor's emergency powers.

Republicans are calling it a "bogus backroom deal."

To say Republican lawmakers are angry may be an understatement. They seemed livid at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at the Capitol.

They were upset because from their vantage point, none of Gov. Cuomo's emergency pandemic powers were stripped away by the Legislature.

In fact, they believe the governor's executive power has been expanded by the deal reached between Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

When the Legislature initially granted Cuomo authority over the pandemic one year ago, his powers were supposed to sunset on April 30.

Now his powers, with some limitations, can be re-issued until the federal government declares the pandemic is over.

Hear the strong reaction from Republicans by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Full GOP press conference chiding emergency powers deal.

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