Cuomo set to lose pandemic emergency powers in deal reached by NY lawmakers

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to lose the emergency powers state lawmakers granted him at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York state lawmakers on Tuesday reached a deal on a proposal that will prevent Cuomo from issuing COVID-19-related executive orders without legislative review, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a press release.

“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,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. “The public deserves to have checks and balances.”

The proposal “would create a system with increased input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected,” she added.

New York state politicians last spring passed a law that gave Cuomo emergency powers “to allow a nimble response” as the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York, the two politicians noted in their statement. Those emergency powers are set to expire on April 30.

Tuesday’s agreement came a day after a third woman accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.

The governor is also facing an investigation into his administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes.