Griffo blasts proposed legislation on gov’s pandemic powers

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Ahead of the New York State Legislature set to pass Friday legislation to repeal the governor’s extraordinary powers, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, said he would not support the bill because it does not do what it claims to do and is, “nothing being presented as something,” according to a statement.

“The majorities in the Legislature have touted this bill as a mechanism to repeal the powers that the governor has accumulated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and to restore balance in government,” Griffo stated.

“However, when you look into its contents, you will find that this flawed bill is ambiguous and too interpretive, which benefits the governor. While this legislation technically repeals last year’s bill granting the governor extraordinary powers, it does not really revoke or rescind his ability to employ or utilize the powers that he has amassed under existing orders. At this stage, nothing short of a full, clean repeal is acceptable.”

Griffo and senate Republicans have advanced legislation multiple times that would fully repeal the Governor’s authority and return the government to its original structure, which have been rejected by the senate majority, a release continues.

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