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Legislation Will Strip Cuomo of Pandemic Emergency Powers Due to Nursing Home Deaths, Harassment Allegations

Legislation Will Strip Cuomo of Pandemic Emergency Powers Due to Nursing Home Deaths, Harassment Allegations

NY AG announced she has “the authority to move forward with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment claims” against Cuomo.

New York legislators agreed on a bill that would strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of the pandemic emergency powers he received last March.

Cuomo has come under fire after a report revealed his COVID-19 nursing home order led to thousands of deaths and three sexual harassment allegations.

From The New York Post:

The agreement on a bill stripping Cuomo of the powers was forged between state Sen. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx). Once passed by both houses of the Legislature it would immediately repeal the powers granted to Cuomo last March to largely control state response to the coronavirus, presently set to sunset on April 30.

That vote could come as soon as Friday.

The legislation would also bar Cuomo from creating new emergency directives without a sign off from legislative leaders and relevant committee chairs and would only allow the extension of existing directives if they are directly tied to managing the pandemic.

The deal would allow some of the existing directives to continue, such as the statewide mask order.

Beyond that period, Cuomo would also need to get permission to extend or modify actions from lawmakers and give them an opportunity to comment.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has been a Cuomo ally. However, he joined New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins to announce the bill:

“I think everyone understands where we were back in March and where we are now. 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,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.

Added Heastie, “A year into the pandemic, and as New Yorkers receive the vaccine, the temporary emergency powers have served their purpose – it is time for them to be repealed.

“These temporary emergency powers were granted as New York was devastated by a virus we knew nothing about. Now it is time for our government to return to regular order.”

Where do I begin? Let’s see…

Assemblyman Ron Kim, the man Cuomo trashed in the article in the third bullet point, wants to impeach Cuomo. He admits this is “the right first step in removing [Cuomo’s] ability to issue unilateral mandates.”

But Kim thinks the legislature “must do more to hold the governor accountable for his abuse of power and predatory behaviors toward women, staff, and journalists.”

On Sunday, New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted:

James received the referral on Monday:

James said she proceeded with the investigation after she received the referral she needed from the governor’s office.

James said in a statement that the referral gives her office “the authority to move forward with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment claims made against Governor Cuomo. This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously.”

James, a Democrat, said Sunday that she plans to “hire a law firm, deputize them as attorneys of our office and oversee a rigorous and independent investigation” of the allegations against Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term. Hiring and deputizing an independent counsel, who would have subpoena power, is expected to take a few days, her office said.

James said the findings would be disclosed in a public report.


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UnCivilServant | March 3, 2021 at 7:35 am

The deal would allow some of the existing directives to continue, such as the statewide mask order.


The puppet legislature fails again.

The entire governing body of New York is mentally impaired. Sure, go after three women who have come forward about his loutish behavior, but thousands of deaths from his insane governing? Whistling through the graveyard.

It seems that the Democrats and media (I repeat myself) are focused on the sexual assault claims against Cuomo while the large number of people who died in nursing homes due to his terrible policy are pretty well ignored. This should speak volumes about the value system of the media and Democrats where they see his sexual misconduct to be a greater sin than his policies that led to so many deaths. In what world do the deaths he caused of so many take a back seat to the “horrors” of his unwanted sexual advances?

    irv in reply to Cleetus. | March 3, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Actually, the “sexual misconduct” allegations are just an excuse.

    They CAN’T clobber him for being a good leftist, locking the state down, and treating the old and the sick like they didn’t matter. Too many others have acted the same way. If they went after him for homicidal policies, they would have to also go after at least 4 other Democrat governors.

    Besides, he wants to be president and the Kamala wing of the party doesn’t want him to be a competitor for that. Better to take him out now. It was that Emmy award that sealed his fate. His rivals for power HAD to do something to take him out after that.

I agree with this move to revoke the emergency powers, but to use the harassment allegations as justification is a bit much as those allegations have nothing to do with the pandemic, Cuomo’s abuses of those powers, or the abysmal judgment demonstrated by the nursing home edict.

In my view, the legislature is at least partially responsible for granting such sweeping emergency powers in the first place and not exercising oversight until almost a year later, and then only after it became public knowledge that Cuomo’s administration lied to them and withheld information from them. The rest of the time they were seemingly content to sit around with their cranial-rectal inversion and say “There’s nothing we can do about it, the Governor’s in charge.” when their constituents complained about the mandates from on high.

How does that work in New York? The write-up makes it sound as though the bill takes effect immediately upon passage by both houses. Doesn’t the Governor have veto power?

Legislation here, legislation there… it’s easy, like changing your outfit, but it doesn’t do anything about your BO.

An indictment under existing law, narrowly targeted towards an actual offender… gee, nobody is willing to do that. But legislation, hey, it’s cheap, like complimentary bottles of water at the used car dealership.

Cuomo – Unfrozen Caveman Govn’r

And how does he respond?

By mandating that anyone going to a sporting event or theater in the state MUST have COVID-19 “passport” to attend

Much too late to close the nursing home doors. Another democrat cluster flub.