Ashby Speaks Out on Assembly Majority Canceling Legislative Session to Protect Gov. Cuomo

On Monday, March 1, with hundreds of important bills on the agenda, the down-state Assembly Majority members opted to cancel legislative session without taking up a single piece of business in an apparent effort to avoid taking action against the many reports of corruption, harassment and general mismanagement related to Gov. Cuomo.

“We were scheduled to go into session at 2 p.m. today and had some very important legislation to take up, including a vote to finally remove Gov. Cuomo’s emergency powers,” said Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton). “It’s very discouraging that the downstate Majority leadership has again refused to stand up to Gov. Cuomo. It is a clear dereliction of duty to cancel legislative session – essentially refusing to do your job – while millions of New Yorkers and thousands of schools and businesses continue to deal with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The downstate Majority leadership announced the cancellation of session, just moments before it was scheduled to start, in a move aimed at helping their members avoid having to vote on stripping Gov. Cuomo of his expanded emergency powers.

Ashby also noted that regardless of the situation concerning Gov. Cuomo, there are many important pieces of legislation that require timely action – especially legislation related to our ongoing battle with COVID-19.

“Before session was canceled, we were set to bring up an important package of bills to reform care for our seniors in nursing homes and other residential health facilities,” said Ashby. “These reforms included establishing requirements and reporting protocols for the transfer or discharge of any patient in a residential health facility as well as measures that would mandate facilities develop an infection control plan and report all facility violations to a public database. Sadly, the Democratic leadership in the Assembly felt protecting Gov. Cuomo was more important.”