“Gov. Hochul will not renew COVID emergency powers” (ABC, today):
It’s been nearly two years since New York has led the fight against the coronavirus, but as the virus evolves so does the battle. On Monday, Governor Hochul announced she will not be extending COVID emergency powers which she’s held onto since former Governor Cuomo left office in August of last year. … Hochul says she feels comfortable relinquishing those powers which will expire by midnight tonight.
(Why is it “nearly two years”? Andrew Cuomo shut down public schools and made it illegal for small business to operate in New York 2.5 years ago, no?)
New Yorkers will no longer be living under a state of emergency then? New laws will have to be passed by the legislature rather than decreed by the executive? No. From Friday, September 9… “Hochul Declares Polio State of Emergency for New York” (nytimes):
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York declared a state of emergency on Friday over the growing polio outbreak…
Some photos from a June 2021 trip to NYC (I used to go there for business every 2-3 months, but now everything is via Zoom).