Democrats forge deal to strip Cuomo's emergency powers

Times Union: Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate finalized a deal Tuesday afternoon to strip Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's coronavirus emergency powers that he has held for a year.

The powers were delegated by the Legislature last March, giving Cuomo the authority to issue executive orders with the force of law on any issue relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. That included altering specific regulations for businesses across the state, requiring mask-wearing and social distancing and limiting or shutting down parts of the economy. Despite bestowing that authority on Cuomo, the Legislature could have overturned individual orders with a majority vote, but they did not do so.

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