BREAKING VIDEO: NY Democrats reach deal to strip Cuomo of emergency powers

Leaders of NY state’s Democratic legislative majorities announced Tuesday embattled NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers would be limited by state legislators under new legislation.

State Sen. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said “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.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said “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New Yorkers receive the vaccine, the temporary emergency powers have served their purpose – it is time for them to be repealed.”