New York legislature strips scandal-scarred Cuomo of emergency powers

The state Senate and Assembly are putting Governor Andrew Cuomo on a strict power diet with plans to strip the emergency authority he has held over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as he faces three separate scandals involving the nursing home death data reports and allegations of sexual harassment.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said emergency health directives would remain in place, as were granted to Cuomo at the outset of the crisis, while the authority to place further directives would be repealed through state law.