March 1, 2021
BYRNES: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP RETHINKING CUOMO’S POWER
Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R,C-Caledonia) said the pressure in Albany on Democratic leaders, particularly the Assembly Majority Conference, has come to a boiling point. Legislative session was abruptly canceled on Monday, March 1, just moments before it was set to begin. According to news reports, Democratic members stated they would be detained in private conferences throughout the day and perhaps into the evening to discuss ending the governor’s emergency powers. In reaction to this news, Byrnes issued the following statement:
“As one of the few lawmakers who voted against giving the governor extraordinary powers to begin with, this action is long overdue. This step, by his own party, sends a clear message that change is happening and perhaps the Democratic leadership is finally willing to stand up to him in some small way. I’ve advocated for a year to take away the governor’s extraordinary powers.
“The public has had enough. Now is the time. This is not the leadership our residents want or deserve. No one should have to be worried about being harassed at work. No one should have to be worried about hidden data.
“We need the Democratic Albany leadership to decisively deal with the governor so we can move forward together addressing the issues critical for our constituents. There are substantial concerns about the governor. The Assembly Majority canceling session today to privately discuss them is a good step. I hope decisive action is taken so we can move on with our legislative duties and our state budget. We need action and we need it now.”