Governor Cuomo To Be Stripped of Emergency Powers Enacted Due To the Pandemic
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New York Gov. Andrew Coumo is facing sexual harassment allegations and a scandle involving death data from a nursing home. Now, lawmakers are evaluating whether to take away emergency powers Cuomo enacted last year to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democratic leaders have reached an agreement which could strip Cuomo of his powers later today and Cuomo suggested he is willing to sign the bill.
With the help of emergency powers, Cuomo has enforced around 100 orders related to the pandemic.
BACK TO BACK SCANDALS
Last month, Cuomo and his administration came under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for coronavirus related deaths in New York nursing homes. New York’s Attorney General Letitia James said the Cuomo administration was underreporting deaths in nursing home related settings by as much as 50%.
The New York Times recently reported that some of Cuomo’s aides rewrote a report that originally included 9,000 COVID-19 related deaths. After they edited the document that number was gone.
Soon after Cuomo faced backlash for the data scandal, three women accused him of sexual harassment, including former aide to the governor, Charlotte Bennet. Bennet appeared on CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell and said Cuomo called her into his office on June 5, 2020 and began asking questions about her sex life.
“Without explicitly saying it, he — he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely,” Bennett said.
GERALDO RIVERA SUPPORTS CUOMO
Geraldo Rivera went on Fox News to speak out in support of Cuomo despite the allegations. Rivera said that his actions are “human nature”.
“He’s a 63 year old, single guy, living in Albany, the most boring town in America. He’s all by himself,” Rivera said of Cuomo.
While Rivera said he felt sorry for the women who alleged sexual harassment, he felt they the claims were not sexual assult in the “traditional” sense.