Some do not grasp how democracy works

We are writing to express our deep concerns about the current state of emergency in New York and the continuing suspension of normal government and legislative processes.

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on March 7, we taxpaying residents of New York have essentially been subject to one-man rule with little legislative participation or oversight of the executive branch.

Under his emergency powers, the governor has taken it upon himself to create dozens of new laws and modify or suspend dozens more existing laws without any significant legislative input or deliberations.

While the vesting of such broad emergency powers in the governor’s office may have been an appropriate initial response to the novel coronavirus epidemic, the crisis period has passed for New York, and we are well into the phased restart of routine business.

The time for the state Legislature to end the governor’s emergency authority is long past due.

It is time for New York to return to a normal governmental process and the proper separation of power and authority among the three branches.

It is time for the Legislature to return to session and take up the enormously challenging business ahead, e.g., the $13 billion budget deficit.

We urge the leadership of the state Senate and Assembly to go back to work and rescind the governor’s excessive emergency authority.

We already have one of the most expensive state governments in the nation.

It’s doubly frustrating to bear the burden of such high taxes while the Legislature sits on the sidelines and we are subjected to what amounts to autocratic, one-man rule.

Charles and Dolores Miller

Pierrepont Manor

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(25) comments

CondervstismIsFaiure

I'd suggest every American read Oliver Wendell Holmes' unanimous opinion in Schenck v. US (1919). , he relented his power over the Federal Gov't to the States, very dumb move on his part. What do you expect from Person, Woman, Man, Camera, & TV idiot. At least he got them in order so he gets extra points for that.

Gov. Cuomo filled the void & quite competently, tough luck to the Anti-Cuomo crowd, maybe you ought to look to DC or 5th Ave., & blame the inept Federal response before getting on "King Andy's" back?

Charlie McGrath

I understand your frustration but we must make as many New Yorkers as angry as possible until the election. Blaming Trump all the way. Our move to socialism, which is communism with unions, cannot continue if Trump is re-elected. Cuomo is just doing his part and the legislature is part of his gang.

Pitbull

All true. Then on Nov 4, if they prevail, the Dems will anoint Biden/Harris as saviors!

hermit thrush

only the "i alone can fix it" cult thinks like that. projection all the way here. if biden/harris wins then things will get better, but democrats will never show the embarrassing levels of devotion and subservience to their leaders that you routinely see from trumpers.

rockloper

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KRobbins

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hermit thrush

this comment is an object lesson in the grievance-mongering and detachment from reality that runs rampant on the right. new york is a very blue state. it has voted for the democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1988, and by a blow-out margin at that in every election since 1992. it's not in play now and won't be for the foreseeable future.

therefore what cuomo is doing at the state level has nothing to do with presidential politics, since it cannot have any influence over presidential politics. it takes a wild conspiracy theorist who is totally ignorant of the reality on the ground to write what charlie mcgrath writes. (then again, no surprise coming from the why-is-birtherism-racist guy.)

Pitbull

Not really true. NY and NYC have lots of influence over the country's sense of reality and well being. Lots of news organizations are based in NYC. If all dems and libs march in lockstep and make the Henny Penny argument, the soccer moms will vote for Depleted Joe and Radical Kamala. Cuomo is Top Guv (def not Top Gun) now and can "dog whistle" all lefties to follow like panderers. Charlie Boy is right.

hermit thrush

lol, if ny/nyc had this kind of influence nationally then democrats would win every election every time. it's nutbag conspiracy stuff. furthermore, charlie mcgrath specifically said this is supposed to be about making as many new yorkers angry as possible (why that would hurt trump instead of cuomo is an open mystery) -- which makes for a different bit of conspiracy kookery than what you're peddling now -- but the fine points of reading comprehension are often lost in the fever swamps.

KRobbins

the soccer moms will vote for Depleted Joe and Radical Kamala

The soccer moms are supporting Biden and Harris. So are the “suburban housewives” that Trump apparently brought in a time machine from the 1950s.

Thanks to Fox News there’s a nice clip of Biden riding a bicycle something I’d pay good money to see Trump do. Depleted Joe can probably walk down a ramp, too. Maybe instead of a fourth debate we have a bike race. Unless Donnie’s bone spurs are acting up. And yeah, the radical Kamala thing isn’t going to work either, but keep trying.

minder

Do you people understand there's a pandemic raging around us? I am so thankful that New York state has such competent leadership, working for ALL New Yorkers, to keep the impact of the pandemic as manageable as possible, protecting health and life so that our economy can come back on line as quickly as is safely feasible. The reason you can feel the luxury to whine about measures taken in the interest of public health is because those measures have been effective. Would you prefer the alternative right now?

Pitbull

"Working for ALL New Yorkers?" What about gym and bowling alley owners? What about worshippers? This guy is politics incarnate. He's the man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. Now that he has his other three jobs (Top Guv, Speaker for the Dems, Nominee for 2024 presidential dem race) he should turn things over to the proper balance of power. Oh but wait...that won't be any better...they're all controlled by NYC dems.

KRobbins

He's the man behind the curtain

He gave press conferences every day during the crisis in NY. We got hit first and we got hit hard. As if NYC isn’t the perfect place for an epidemic to spread. He listened to public health officials and never suggested maybe injecting disinfectant might be a good idea. He never made false promises repeatedly that the virus would go away. Believe or not I didn’t love the guv before this. I give credit where it’s due and he gets a pretty solid B. I have no problem with nursing home deaths being investigated so the same mistakes aren’t made again. The same people roasting Cuomo give Trump an A plus and will tell you he handled it perfectly. That includes our rep who the president walks on water.

minder

Try directing some of that angry energy at overcoming the pandemic. Try to accurately ID the actual cause of the situations ALL New Yorkers are suffering through.

Pitbull

Hey Minder,

"Try directing some of that angry energy at overcoming the pandemic." I wonder if you ever thought about using that line on some of these whiny, screeching 20 somethings in a BLM/IHateAmerica protest/riot. Probably not. For them, gathering shoulder to shoulder, shouting, destroying, and generally causing mayhem is an "important exercise of their First Amendment rights". More hypocrisy.

Eagle24

PB - you need to read KROBBIN"S comments... nailed it... unbiased...no suggestion of a party line opinion... If POTUS claimed the world was flat, you'd follow him off the edge.. despite Trump's progress with the economy, renegotiating treaties, and strong military support, that's offset by his daily incoherent rants.. injecting lysol? seriously?

Newsjunkie39a

I’m afraid that as full-time imbibers of Trumpade, Mr. Bull and Mr. McGrath wouldn’t understand

Newsjunkie39a

"'Working for ALL New Yorkers?'"What about gym and bowling alley owners? What about worshippers?" YES! Working to keep them and others alive! Duuhhhh!

Pitbull

I see thar response by Krobbins. No I won't follow Trump off a cliff.

KRobbins

the crisis period has passed for New York

From your lips to God’s ears.

It’s hard for me to see what their specific complaints are. I’d be a lot more sympathetic if most of the other states in the “Union” would get their acts together.

Pitbull

What makes a "Union"? Is that when everyone in every state follows the NY/Dem/CNN lead?

KRobbins

A start towards uniting would be people presenting their differences without logical fallacy. No strawman arguments, no red herrings, no ad hominems. Just honest differences. We’ve become conspiracist nation. There’s a rep, Marjorie Greene, set to be elected in November (very safe GOP district) who’s a full- fledged QAnon believer. What they believe is as loony as loony can be and they seem to be gaining a pretty good foothold in the Republican Party. I’m not sure Stefanik wouldn’t sign on if her political future required it.

KRobbins

What doesn’t make a union is Newsweek running an op-ed to kick off Birtherism 2.0 saying Harris is not qualified to be president. I realize there are probably a few here that would sign onto that. I’m sure Tucker Carlson will promote it heartily.

Farmer Liz

Oh, boo-hoo. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I'm not a huge Cuomo supporter, but there's no one else I'd rather have in charge during a pandemic. You can't make everyone happy. The pandemic is under control, for the most part, in New York. In states where governors have been spineless, it's raging. Suck it up and hope that one day this shall pass and life will return to some semblance of "normal."

rockloper

[beam] I couldn't have said it better myself![thumbup]

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