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New York state Senate passes bill to repeal Cuomo's emergency executive powers

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

The New York State Senate passed a bill to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo's expanded emergency executive powers Friday.

Albany, New York (CNN)The New York State Senate passed a bill to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo's expanded emergency executive powers Friday.

"Today, under this new legislation the governor will no longer be able to issue any new directives, period," said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

"In light of recent events, however, it is clear that we need to move toward a system of increased oversight, review and verification between the Legislature and the executive branch, and also limit the powers granted to the governor. "

Democrats have a veto-proof majority should Cuomo try to nix it, but the governor said Wednesday during a news conference that he supported the bill.

Sen. Mike Gianaris, who argued the bill as the sponsor on the floor Friday, said Cuomo had lied in his characterization of the bill in the news conference.

There was no agreement between the House and the Legislature and the governor on this bill.

I can speculate that he didn't want to be embarrassed by the fact that the Legislature was repealing his emergency powers and is trying to pretend that he had something to do with it," Gianaris said.

The Senate and Assembly leaders issued a joint statement Tuesday announcing that they'd reached an agreement on how to curtail the governor's expanded executive powers they gave him at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The law, originally passed last spring, gave Cuomo the power to issue unilateral directives for the pandemic emergency and was scheduled to expire next month.

Under the new bill, Cuomo must justify to the Legislature the extension or modification of any existing directives every 30 days and the Legislature has the ability to undo the state of emergency.

Controversy over Covid-19 fatalities of New York long-term care residents prompted increasing calls to repeal Cuomo's expanded executive powers from both sides of the aisle last month.

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