The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Governor Andrew Cuomo's restrictions on religious services are clearly unconstitutional. But his other toxic edicts remain in place, hurting everyone.
I see a vivid example of this at P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills, where free food is distributed at a side entrance on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Long lines form on 77th Avenue between 138th Street and Vleigh Place of people getting meals for themselves and their families.
I've never seen anything like this during the 76 years I've lived here, and never
imagined I would.
I also see several closed or near-empty stores on Main Street between Union Turnpike and Jewel Avenue in what, until nine months ago, was a prosperous neighborhood.
Cuomo's emergency powers, invoked in March, have turned many middle-income areas into pockets of poverty for no valid reason.
Our Albany legislators gave Cuomo his sweeping powers when the pandemic hit, but they are no longer justified now that a vaccine will soon be available.
When State Senate and Assembly members convene next year, they must pass bills that rein in Cuomo's powers and prevent him or any governor from getting such authority again.
While Cuomo can veto these bills, Democrats can override his veto because they now
have a veto-proof majority in both chambers. GOP legislators may also be eager to restrict the governor's powers.
But will our elected officials stand up for their constituents or cave in to Cuomo? All voters should ask their Albany representatives that question.
Kew Gardens Hills