To the editor:
We are writing to express our support for our elected representatives in Albany, including state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, for their ongoing push for accountability and more civil behavior from the governor’s office regarding the handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Gov. Cuomo’s attack on Assemblyman Ron Kim, who is raising appropriate questions about how nursing homes managed COVID-19, is very troubling and unacceptable. While emergency powers may have been necessary at the beginning of the crisis, we stand with the 14 state senators — including Sen. Biaggi, and our neighbor, Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who recently called for rescinding those powers given to the governor last spring.
It is time for the governor to recognize that the legislature is a co-equal branch of government, and to treat each member of the legislature with respect.
The author is writing on behalf of NYCD16-Indivisible’s steering committee, which includes Eileen O’Connor, Elizabeth de Bethune, Micah Sifry, Natalie Polvere, Iris Arno, Stephen Sherman, Caroline Stern, Marcia Yerman, Kami Seligman and Judith McQuistion.