ALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed off on a bill to limit his emergency pandemic powers.
That’s according to the New York State Senate website which tracks the bill’s status.
This process means Governor Cuomo can no longer sign new mandates on his own, like when he reduced capacity in restaurants, without approval from the state legislature.
But there is a caveat, the governor is able to extend already existing directives like the mask mandate.
Those powers will expire automatically once the state of emergency expires in April, or sooner if the legislature chooses to do so.
Some Republicans have criticized this bill for still allowing Cuomo to extend previous mandates.