With multiple, ongoing investigations now pending against the Governor, an increasing number of residents have reached out to express their desire to see the Governor’s Emergency Pandemic Powers fully rescinded.
While these powers were necessary at the start of the pandemic, the Legislature's Majority has neglected its obligation to provide necessary oversight or act as a check on the Executive Branch. It is clear that it is past time to bring balance back to Albany and ensure that lawmakers are doing the job they were elected to do. Every single day that we have been in session this year, my colleagues and I have put forth an amendment that would fully repeal these emergency powers, and every day—despite widespread bipartisan support for the measure—the Legislature’s Supermajority rejects the proposal outright.
Yesterday, we learned that the leaders of the Senate and the Assembly made a backroom deal with the Governor to put forth a proposal aimed at addressing his Emergency Powers. After careful review of the legislation, it is clear that this proposal is not a repeal of the Governor’s Emergency Powers—it is an absolute sham. It does nothing to meaningfully change the current circumstances, does nothing to restore balance in government, and it even removes the original April 30th expiration date, essentially extending the Governor’s control indefinitely.
After everything we have learned in the past weeks—a cover-up of nursing home deaths, multiple sexual harassment allegations, accusations of bullying of lawmakers, press and others—the Legislature has a duty to get back to doing the people's work by advancing a clean repeal of the Governor’s Emergency Powers.
To read my full statement on this bill, and to view the legislation in full, please click here.
With the bill expected to be voted on as soon as tomorrow, I will be working tirelessly to push for a clean repeal bill that brings transparency and accountability back to state government. You can check my website, serino.nysenate.gov, or follow me on social media for real-time updates. I encourage you to share this message with friends and family who may be interested in this latest news from the Capitol.