The state Senate is expected to pass a bill as soon as next week that would create a bipartisan commission to preview Gov. Cuomo’s emergency directives.
It’s not yet clear if the Assembly will pass the same bill.
Over the course of the pandemic, the governor has issued hundreds of emergency directives aimed at schools, restaurants, and religious gatherings, among other things. The power was granted to him by lawmakers in last year’s budget and it extends through April of this year.
But the revelations surrounding the administration’s decision to delay providing nursing home data to lawmakers and the public has prompted calls for investigations into the administration’s handling of the pandemic on both sides of the aisle.
While some members of the legislature are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo sees any change to his emergency pandemic powers as a rebuke, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins isn’t among them.
"The issue is, that we are very often learning about these directives the same time you in the press are, and that’s not acceptable," she said.
However, she doesn’t consider any change to the governor’s powers a rebuke or punishment.
"I don’t consider it a rebuke," she said. "I consider it a reality of where we are now. We are not trying to slow anything down. We want to get the information before you do it."
When asked if the governor deserves some kind of censure after reports that he may have threatened Assemblyman Ron Kim, the majority leader demurred.
"I think we are all called to do a job and everyone is passionate about doing their job right," according to the majority leader.