The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is facing an unprecedented rebellion of legislators from his own party who want to wrest his emergency powers to manage the pandemic, after the dimensions of the crisis of the coronavirus in geriatrics.
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Senate Democratic leaders from New York They began on Wednesday to take steps to strip him of the emergency powers that were granted during the pandemic at the beginning of last year.
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This afternoon, Democratic state senator Gustavo Rivera, chair of the Sanitation Committee, said they will take action as soon as possible to limit the powers of the governor.
This legislative measure would be a strong blow to the management of Cuomo, who has been criticized for his management of the coronavirus in nursing homes and has recently been accused of trying to hide data showing the seriousness of the situation in those centers.
The measure could be adopted next week in Albany (capital of the state of New York) and weigh down the popularity of the governor, who after the first wave of the pandemic, which hit the state with special severity, came to publish a book teaching on how manage the coronavirus crisis and was seen as a Democratic star with national projection precisely because of his firmness in responding to this crisis.
The New York Times newspaper also revealed on Wednesday that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York investigate the management of the administration of Cuomo in nursing homes during the worst months of the pandemic, which were especially important to nursing homes.
According to sources consulted by the newspaper, the investigation is in its initial stages and it is not clear if it focuses on the management of Cuomo or someone else responsible.
Cuomo It gave itself broad powers to manage the pandemic and since March it has controlled decisions on confinements or the distribution of vaccines.
Since the beginning of the year, state legislators have maneuvered to limit the powers of Cuomo, but these conversations took on greater force when the dimensions of mortality in nursing homes due to the pandemic became known, whose data collection was not transparent.
The last straw was the revelations today by popular Queens Congressman Ron Kim, who accused Cuomo of threatening him over the phone with ruining his reputation after signing a letter with other Democratic lawmakers criticizing the governor for not being clear to the public. time to publish data on deaths in residences and “intentional obstruction”.
Rebellion against Cuomo, who has defended his management and the importance of using the Executive power in a health crisis, is a sign of the precarious situation of governor, since he comes from members of his own party and it occurs after more than a decade in office establishing itself in the politics of the state waiting, according to analysts, to make the leap to the national arena.
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