A New York law has amended executive emergency powers to essentially allow Governor Andrew Cuomo to take “temporary” dictatorial powers to prevent the coronavirus epidemic.
Asm. Félix W. Ortiz of Brooklyn introduced Assembly Bill 9953 to amend the term “disaster” in the Executive Law to encompass “disease outbreak” and “impending or urgent” disaster preparedness and response. This has been pushed over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
The legislative summary for A.9953 reads as follows: “Under current Executive Law, the Governor has the ability to suspend provisions of any statute during a disaster. These suspensions may not last longer than 30 days and may be terminated by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature. This bill adds the ability of the Governor to issue any directive or suspend any statute during a declared state of disaster.”
In addition to drastically expanding executive power, the legislation would also grant Cuomo the ability to spend $40 million to combat the coronavirus. Cuomo signed A.9953 into law on Tuesday, expanding his own power substantially.
Cuomo announced on Tuesday that there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in his state.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to gin up fear regarding the spread of the illness and are even attempting to blame its spread on President Trump.
“The coronavirus has already arrived here in America, and make no mistake: The incompetence in the White House is endangering lives and hurting our economy,” former New York City Mayor and Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said.
“He’s just discovering two months later, ‘Whoa, this could hurt my reelection attempts,’ ” billionaire oligarch and failed Democrat presidential candidate Tom Steyer said. “That’s how superficial a man he really is. He is incompetent. This is his Katrina event, where it’s like ‘Whoa, I have to do a job?’ Who knew?”
President Trump has struck back against the partisan attacks from Democrats regarding the coronavirus.
“Washington Democrats are trying to politicize the coronavirus, denigrating the noble work of our public health professionals, but honestly not so much anymore,” Trump said during a rally in Charlotte, N.C. “Everyone appreciates these are the greatest professionals in the world at what they do. We’re actually helping a lot of other countries.”
“The political attacks from some of the Democrats really must stop. We’ve really got to work together on this one to safeguard our people,” Trump added.
However, the Democrats will not hesitate to use a public health crisis to gain control, and the brazen power-grab in the New York legislature – which could give Gov. Cuomo absolute power – is evidence of that.
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Rhode Island Police Targeting New Yorkers for Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine
State police will scrutinize New Yorkers arriving in the state.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Thursday that establishes strict mandatory quarantine rules for those arriving in the state from nearby New York.
“Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” said the governor at a press conference. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”
The executive order will require New Yorkers to identify themselves to state law enforcement or National Guard personnel and place themselves into self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. The Empire State is the national ground zero for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, and Rhode Island’s government appears highly skeptical of New Yorkers fleeing from the state.
Governor Raimondo admitted that the executive order is an “an extreme measure,” but justified its implication on the basis of the coronavirus epidemic’s severity. “I don’t want anyone to panic. If anything, Rhode Islanders should breathe a sigh of relief. We are doing things to keep ourselves safe.”
National Guard personnel are being posted at the state’s major airports, and state police are stopping passenger traffic that enters from New York. Law enforcement will follow up with New York residents that enter the state to ensure that they’re complying the law.
Raimondo established real penalties for New Yorkers that violate the self-quarantine rule, subjecting them to a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or even 90 days in prison.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his disapproval of the move, claiming it unfairly singles out New Yorkers in a time when Americans should be uniting to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
“I don’t like it socially or culturally. I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.
Florida, Maryland, Texas and California have enacted similar public health measures that scrutinize New Yorkers, but Rhode Island’s appears to be the most forceful to enter effect thus far.
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