Ashby: NY COVID Rates Are Well under Control, It’s Time the Legislature Ends Governor’s Pandemic Emergency Powers

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) joined Assembly and Senate Minority in calling for an end to the governor’s emergency powers today. The conferences have introduced resolutions and are calling on their Majority colleagues to take action. New York has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infection and the highest vaccination rates in the country.

“New York boasts one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 in the nation and that is a testament to the careful diligence of the residents of this state. It is time the Legislature end the governor’s additional emergency powers, which are no longer needed in our current circumstance, “ said Ashby, who sits on the committee on Health. “While every other state is opening up, allowing children to be children, allowing businesses to operate freely and communities to once again thrive, the governor, despite the positive strides our state has made, still will not let go. It’s time that we step in and give autonomy back to our people and communities.”

Ashby pointed to the state’s seven-day COVID-19 infection rate average, which is now 0.58 percent and has been on the decline for over two months. The Capital Region has a 0.6 percent positive seven-day average, and more than 641,000 residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“These excellent numbers should be credited to the people of New York. The ones who were disciplined, who sacrificed and took care of one another during a difficult year,” concluded Ashby.