ALBANY – New York State Senator George Borrello says a bill that would “rollback” Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency authority is actually doing the complete opposite.
In an interview with WNY News Now on Thursday, Borrello says the proposed bill, which could go up for a vote as soon as Friday, actually extends the Governor’s authority almost indefinitely, a dangerous move for the state.
“Instead of repealing the Governor’s emergency powers as so many on both sides of the aisle have called for, they have essentially chosen to extend his executive authority, virtually indefinitely, until he deems it no longer necessary,” said Borrello. “This is a shameful continuation of the dereliction of duty on the part of the Legislature.”
In a Wednesday press briefing, Cuomo said he agreed to a bill that would allow the legislature to replay any executive order with 50 percent of lawmakers agreeing.
Cuomo says he will give notice of changes at least five days prior to their effect unless an immediate emergency was underway.
The Governor says he will consult with lawmakers about changes to his Executive Orders during the five-day notice period.
Borrello says Friday’s vote will likely see pushback from not just Republicans, but some moderate Democrats as well.