A New York law has amended executive emergency powers to essentially allow Governor Andrew Cuomo to take “temporary” dictatorial powers to prevent the coronavirus epidemic.
Asm. Félix W. Ortiz of Brooklyn introduced Assembly Bill 9953 to amend the term “disaster” in the Executive Law to encompass “disease outbreak” and “impending or urgent” disaster preparedness and response. This has been pushed over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
The legislative summary for A.9953 reads as follows: “Under current Executive Law, the Governor has the ability to suspend provisions of any statute during a disaster. These suspensions may not last longer than 30 days and may be terminated by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature. This bill adds the ability of the Governor to issue any directive or suspend any statute during a declared state of disaster.”
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