New York lawmakers strip Gov. Cuomo of emergency powers

The New York Senate is voting if Cuomo's COVID-19 powers should be revoked amid his recent scandals.

The New York Senate is voting if Cuomo’s COVID-19 powers should be revoked amid his recent scandals.Office of the NY Governor via AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to play strip poker, according to one of his sex harass accusers — now he’s the one being stripped.

New York state lawmakers moved Friday to rescind the emergency powers they granted to the Democratic to handle the coronavirus pandemic as outrage over his sexual harassment and nursing home cover-up scandals continues to mount.

The New York state Senate backed the new restrictions on Cuomo’s executive authority by a party-line vote of 43-20 on Friday afternoon.

Lawmakers in the Assembly followed suit, voting 107-43 later Friday to strip Cuomo of the emergency powers.

Both chambers are dominated by Democrats.

“The public deserves to have checks and balances,” Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) said. “This legislation creates a system with increased input while at the same time ensuring New Yorkers continue to be protected.”

The bill must be signed by Cuomo, who signaled Wednesday he will accept the new restrictions.

It would bar him from creating any new directives without the Legislature’s approval and he would be unable to extend any existing directives unless they are deemed “critical” to public health.

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