ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Legislation aimed at revoking the temporary emergency powers given to Governor Andrew Cuomo at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year has passed the Senate. It will still need to be voted on by the Assembly and then signed into law.

The legislation:

  • Revokes the Governor’s authority to issue any new directives. 
  • Authorizes the Governor to extend or modify directives that are currently in effect to respond to the ongoing pandemic, but requires five days’ notice to the Legislature or to local elected officials before that extension or modification goes into effect. 
  • Requires the Governor to respond publicly to any comments they received from the Legislature or from local leaders if a directive is extended.
  • Requires the Governor to create a searchable database of all executive actions that remain in force to inform lawmakers and the public of the current state of the law.  
  • Allows the Legislature to terminate a state disaster emergency by concurrent resolution.

It will allow executive orders currently being enforced to continue but with more oversight from the legislature.

“The Governor is under multiple criminal investigations by the State Attorney General and U.S. Department of Justice. There is a dark cloud hanging over Albany and the entire State Government because of his conduct. So how do Democrats react? By further enabling his clear and multiple abuses of power, as they have for the better part of a year. Make no mistake — in passing this useless bill, Democrats are not only continuing to abdicate their constitutional oaths as duly elected legislators — they are complicit with Cuomo in any crimes he and his administration may have committed while in office,” said Senate Republican Leader Ortt.

“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,” Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “This legislation creates a system with increased input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected.”