Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay voiced his frustration late in the day on Tuesday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers remained in-tact.
“For the second straight day, the Assembly Majority avoided taking any action to end Gov. Cuomo’s emergency powers. Despite a Democrat-led effort last week encouraging support for repealing the executive’s authority, the Majority now appears to be content with the status quo,” Barclay said.
The Republican, like some Democrats, have called for the elimination of those powers. Especially after the reporting last week, which indicated that Assemblyman Ron Kim was threatened by Cuomo in a phone call for not falling in line and supporting him.
“On Monday, Assembly Republicans attached an amendment ending the governor’s powers to a pair of bills. One was skipped on the calendar. The other was laid aside,” Barclay added. “On Tuesday, Republicans attached the same amendment once again. Democrats responded by bringing only one bill to the floor and ending proceedings within an hour.”
He called the entire ordeal astonishing.
“It is astonishing that even today – with the governor’s office embroiled in cover-ups, credibility issues and criminal investigations – Assembly Democrats prefer to take cover rather than take action,” he continued. “When it comes to restoring the Legislature as a co-equal branch of government, the Majority appears to be moving from reluctance to outright refusal. Ending the unilateral authority of the governor simply returns New York state to the representative democracy it was always intended to be.”