State Legislature moves to strip Cuomo's executive powers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walks through a COVID-19 vaccination site after speaking in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walks through a COVID-19 vaccination site after speaking in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. | Photo: AP Photo / Seth Wenig, Pool.

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 02, 2021 11:16 PM
Created: March 02, 2021 05:08 PM

State legislative leaders announced they will pass legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Cuomo about a year ago when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The agreement between the state Assembly and the Senate is a conditional repeal.

The agreement worked out between Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie would create a system whereby the Legislature would have more input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected.

When the legislation is passed, most likely on Friday, it would repeal the extraordinary powers granted to the governor over the past year. It would also provide for an orderly transition through the end of the disaster period.

It would limit any further modifications to directives that are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID or increase vaccinations.

It would also restore the right of counties and municipalities to issue executive orders without seeking state approval.

Learn more about how it would work by watching the video of Dan Levy’s story.


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