Legislative session ends with investigations clouding future
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that New York legislators wrapped up their session in the early hours of June 11, but "finished their work with an uncertain future ahead." Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces calls for him to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment, and multiple investigations, including a federal probe into his administration's reporting of nursing home deaths, and an impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, the pandemic is receding, vaccination is increasing, education spending was increased, and cannabis was legalized. In all, 892 bills passed both houses of the legislature this year, the third-highest total since 1995. Republicans, at least, are eager to return in a special session to get more done. "We are 100 percent ready to come back," Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt told reporters when asked if Republicans were ready to come back for an impeachment trial. "In fact, we talked about that in our conference just now." Cuomo secured the confirmation of two new judges to the state Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, which might rule on his impeachment trial. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.