Statement from Assemblymember Reilly regarding New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker’s testimony at today’s Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health

“While I am not a member of any of the committees that participated in today’s budget hearing, I did monitor Commissioner Zucker’s testimony, which spanned several hours.  Today’s hearing makes clear the need for not only a legislative hearing dedicated to these concerns specifically but also an independent investigation to determine whether the Cuomo Administration’s actions were criminal or unethical.”

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Reilly introduces legislation to ensure that local law enforcement agencies lead investigations of serious and fatal traffic collisions; opposes City Council effort to restrict NYPD’s criminal investigation of such incidents

Reilly’s legislation, which is still pending a bill number but can be viewed online, would amend Subdivision 1 of Section 603-a of the state’s vehicle and traffic law so that no municipality would be permitted to transfer the primary investigating authority of traffic collisions involving serious injury or death to a non-law enforcement agency.

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Reilly joins Assembly Republican effort to form Impeachment Commission to begin review of Governor Cuomo’s nursing home cover-up

The bipartisan panel would consist of eight members, with two appointees from each legislative leader. Of those eight members, the Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader would jointly appoint one Co-Chair, while another Co-Chair would be named by the minority leaders in each house. The impeachment panel would have the same powers as a legislative committee, including the ability to subpoena witnesses and compel records, correspondence, and documents related to the matter to be produced.

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly following Mayor de Blasio’s comments about new guidelines that prohibit COVID-19 testing consent as a pre-requisite for in-person learning

“Since the start of the school year, I have advocated that families should be given the option to have their children tested at a healthcare facility of their choosing prior to their next in-person learning session.  Unfortunately, the city Department of Education has continuously rejected that reasonable request and instead chooses to pay a third party company for this false sense of safety.”

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Reilly provides supplementary statement regarding the Cuomo administration’s admission that senior officials actively conspired to cover-up the total number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes

“I believe that a criminal investigation, independent and wholly void of political influence from both the Cuomo administration and Biden administration, is the only logical way forward if we are to ever restore the people’s trust in our government.  That said, all options must be on the table, including the impeachment of this Governor.”

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Reilly comments on leaked recording which confirms that senior Cuomo officials were aware that nursing home deaths were being undercounted

“The State Legislature must immediately take action to pass a concurrent resolution that rescinds the Governor’s egregious emergency powers, and that, in addition to an independent investigation from the federal government, the Commissioner of the state heath department resign as well.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on today’s announcement that New York City public schools will resume in-person learning for middle school students beginning on February 25, 2021

“There is no denying that this was achieved thanks to the thousands of students, parents, and even educators who organized and made their voices heard over the past several months.  It is that same energy that I believe will soon lead to the reopening of our public high schools, and even the return of youth sports, sometime this year.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo that NYC restaurants can resume indoor dining beginning on February 14th at 25% capacity

“Governor Cuomo spent a considerable portion of his press conference speaking about love and marriage, but forcing restaurants to wait an additional two weeks before they can begin to operate at this next level of reduced capacity is just plain heartless.”

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Statement on New York Attorney General report accusing Cuomo administration of undercounting COVID-19 related deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50%

“I have maintained for months that an independent investigation must be opened to figure out whether the policies put in place by the Cuomo administration and state health officials were the cause of the alarming rate of death throughout our state’s nursing home facilities network – a rate we now know to be greater than originally thought.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on today’s announcement that the MTA is moving ahead with plans to increase tolls and fares later this year

“In a pathetic attempt to show pity, the MTA is offering to delay their fare increases for a few months – but only a fool would think that this is truly helpful.  That’s not to say that this won’t help the millions of New Yorkers who rely on public transportation each and everyday, but it is simply delaying the inevitable and, in my opinion, extremely shortsighted.”

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