Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick And 13 Senate Democrats Call For End to Governor’s Emergency Authority

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New York State Senator Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (NYS-D-38) represents the communities of District 38 which covers the vast majority of Rockland County in the northern New York City suburbs, including the towns of Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Ramapo; the district also crosses the Hudson River to incorporate a small part of Ossining in Westchester County.

NEW CITY, NY — February 12, 2021 —  Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and 13 other Democrats in the State Senate released a statement calling for an end to the Governor’s emergency powers that enabled him to order unilateral directives. On March 3rd, 2020, legislation was passed to significantly expand the Governor’s executive powers under an emergency declaration, including giving him the ability to issue directives, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 14 Senators issuing the statement are Senators Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Alessandra Biaggi, Jabari Brisport, Samra Brouk, Jeremy Cooney, Andrew Gounardes, Robert Jackson, John C. Liu, John Mannion, Rachel May, Gustavo Rivera, Julia Salazar, James Sanders, and James Skoufis.

The 14 New York State Senators issued the following statement:

“Without exception, the New York State Constitution calls for the Legislature to govern as a co-equal branch of government. While COVID-19 has tested the limits of our people and state — and, early during the pandemic, required the government to restructure decision making to render rapid, necessary public health judgements — it is clear that the expanded emergency powers granted to the Governor are no longer appropriate. 

While the executive’s authority to issue directives is due to expire on April 30, we urge the Senate to advance and adopt a repeal as expeditiously as possible.”

Senator Reichlin-Melnick added the following comments: 

When the legislature granted expanded emergency powers to the governor last year, New York faced an unprecedented and unpredictable crisis that called for an unprecedented response. Governor Cuomo rightly won praise for his steady handling of the first wave of COVID last spring and his informative public briefings that contrasted with the dysfunction and denial of the Trump Administration. 

“Now we face a different environment. New COVID cases are rapidly falling, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers a week are getting vaccinated, and an end to the pandemic is in sight. Recent news reports have revealed that public health experts have been ignored by the Governor, and that his administration intentionally withheld important information about the pandemic from the Legislature. It’s time for us to act”

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SOURCE: Evan R. Menist, MPA | Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications | Office of New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (SD-D-38)

TribuneSenator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick And 13 Senate Democrats Call For End to Governor’s Emergency Authority

Comments 4

  1. Shelly Mayer, Nader Sayegh and even Andrea Stewart cousins are apologists for Cuomo. Believe it.. also include nick spano on that list.

  2. The 2 Senators from Yonkers are absent once again. They failed our children by not properly funding our schools and they let this governor get away with killing our seniors.
    Yonkers Step Up and Defeat Andrea Cousins and Shelly Mayer

    1. You omitted Nader Sayegh who never ever called out Governor Horseface Cuomo for the NURSING HOME SCANDAL-Sayegh never uttered a word months back while fellow democrat Ron Kim challenged the Governor for an investigation into the nursing home scandal-Nader Sayegh just stood by while Cuomo unleashed his goons in his press office who then The viciously attacked and vilified Ron Kim-Nader Sayegh is nothing more than a gutless , spineless coward who unfortunately represents Yonkers. Sayegh is nothing more than a backseat bench warmer in Albany who is a scared of his own shadow.

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