Push to strip Cuomo of emergency powers continues

Updated: February 22, 2021 07:15 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 05:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There are growing calls from state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers.

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt (NY-62) and Assembly Leader Will Barclay (R, NY-120) were joined by members of both houses Monday in Albany to call on the legislature to take action to limit Cuomo's powers.

The move follows an outcry from the state's handling of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

Ortt said this is not a partisan issue.

"This is the belief in our conference that the legislature has an important role to play and the governor has shown a gross disrespect when he lies, when he withholds information and he's not just disrespecting the people here it's disrespectful to the people that we were elected to serve," Ortt said.

Ortt and Barclay said they were introducing bills Monday to rescind the governor's emergency powers as a hostile amendment.

The move follows a letter signed by several New York democrats last week calling for Cuomo's emergency powers to be stripped.

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