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Effort to spurn state's reopening structure voted down by full Greene legislature

Jun 19, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greene County Legislature June 17, overwhelmingly defeated a resolution calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to loosen his grip on local government and allow the county to return to some form of pre-pandemic normalcy. The action taken by the full legislature came just two days after the same resolution was approved by the Government Operations Committee on a vote of 6 to 3. The measure was spearheaded by Republican representatives Matthew Luvera of Catskill, and William Lawrence of Cairo. But on Wednesday, Luvera tried to get out in front of the issue, asking to postpone the vote indefinitely. “Unfortunately, there is not enough support to continue,” Luvera said. “At this time, I would like to make a motion to postpone the vote.” That motion was defeated. At issue was language contained in the resolution thought to be inflammatory. Although the measure was focused on COVID-19, there was an entire section that delved into a variety of protest-relate issues, religious rights, a reference to looters and to honest business owners. Luvera and Lawrence defended the resolution. saying the resolution was put forward because Greene County is very different from the Capital District. “Nowhere does it say not to wear a mask,” Luvera said. Lawrence agreed. “We’re not advocating against masks, washing hands or social distancing,” he said. The resolution called for fewer restrictions and for residents to be able to make their own decisions. When the vote was taken, only Bulich and Lawrence voted "yes." Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.