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NYS GOP Chair Stops in Syracuse, Steps Up Pressure On Gov. Cuomo, Democrats Amid Scandals

Benjamin Schiller

New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy stopped in Syracuse Wednesday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to address the public on his nursing home and sexual harassment scandals. Cuomo has faced immense criticism from both sides of the aisle due to his recent scandals.

Nick Langworthy believes that state lawmakers are not doing enough by restricting Cuomo’s pandemic emergency powers.

Stripping some of his power is like putting a band aid on a bullet hole.  Andrew Cuomo is gushing proverbial blood right now. He is under a dark cloud. He has two major scandals hanging over his administration,” Langworthy said.

Langworthy spoke in front of the state office building where he criticized Senator Rachel May for not protecting Central New Yorkers during the pandemic. The says  state legislators could strip Governor Cuomo of his emergency powers during the pandemic soon, but reiterated that he could wait until April 30th for the deal to expire. He says these powers have impacted Central New York’s economy.

Business owners all over Syracuse and Onondaga County sure have felt the wrath of those executive orders that have crippled so many businesses and robbed so many entrepreneurs of the American Dream.”

Langworthy believes that Cuomo will not resign, and Cuomo has said that he has no plans to step down. But the chairman says his party is already thinking about their 2022 ticket for the gubernatorial race.

Our search process is underway. I am working with (Onondaga County Republican) Chairwoman (Benedicte) Doran and other Republican leaders around the state to vet candidates who are seeking the Governorship. We are going to start earlier than we have ever before. We are working very much ahead of schedule."

Langworthy says the GOP slate will feature the best candidates since George Pataki won in 1994. The Republican defeated Cuomo’s father, incumbent Governor Mario Cuomo, by more than three percent when he was seeking a fourth term.

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