New York Senate votes to strip Cuomo’s pandemic powers

The New York Senate on Friday voted to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of the emergency powers granted to him when the coronavirus pandemic began last March.

The legislation, which lawmakers introduced on Tuesday, passed on party lines, with every Democrat voting in favor and every Republican voting against. The plan rolls back Cuomo’s abilities to issue new pandemic-related orders but allows him to modify existing ones. The legislation, however, will allow the State Assembly to declare an end to Cuomo’s state of emergency.

Republicans argued that, in light of his office’s intentional misreporting of coronavirus nursing home deaths, all of Cuomo’s powers should have been revoked. The
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