With Cuomo weakened, New York lawmakers end session with Flex of Power


“It was a different dynamic, but it was productive nonetheless,” said MP Catalina Cruz, a Democrat from Queens. “We’ve embraced things that people might not think are huge, but that are making a real impact and really changing the trajectory of how people are treated in this state.”

As always, some measures failed to cross the finish line.

A set of bills to reform state laws on sexual harassment were passed by the Senate, but failed to reach the Assembly procuratorate, upsetting supporters who saw a timely window to pass the changes after questions about Mr. Cuomo’s treatment of women raised the issue. in the foreground.

The Senate also approved the Adult Survivors Act, which would open a one-year retrospective window for adult victims of sex crimes to bring civil suits against their abusers, but the assembly did not vote on the legislation.

Democrats also tried, unsuccessfully, to agree on a contentious proposal sought by criminal justice reform activists that would have sealed the records of those who committed crimes after three years and those with a track record. crime after seven years.

But legislative leaders have signaled that lawmakers could come back at any time to pass more bills, especially as both houses passed changes to do much of their work remotely, a change that was precipitated by the coronavirus but which could survive the pandemic.

Indeed, the generally bustling State Capitol was mostly quiet, still closed to the public even as the pandemic subsided and much of the state reopened. Missing was the throng of prowling activists and lobbyists accustomed to stalking harassed lawmakers in the hope of influencing them on a particular issue.

The state Senate could still vote to approve Mr. Cuomo’s measure to split the senior MTA position into two roles, and the upper house is expected to hold confirmation hearings for the agency’s leadership positions in the future. weeks to come: outgoing president and CEO, Patrick J. Foye, will step down in July.

“As our scheduled session ends tonight, we are proud of the historic progress we have made this year,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Westchester, said Thursday. “If ongoing discussions of outstanding issues require action, we are ready to come back when and if necessary. “


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