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Tom for NY-52

Coronavirus Policy

DEFEAT FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ON FIGHTING THE VIRUS

The federal government has made it far too difficult for America to fight the scourge of COVID-19. Test kits, research, supplies, and drugs that could be lifesaving for some patients are forced to go through the slow process of federal approval. New York should not accept this, and should declare itself a sanctuary state for coronavirus prevention measures to be developed and implemented regardless of their federal status.

Fighting this virus has put a huge strain on New York’s medical labor force, with those treating coronavirus cases overwhelmed and less resources available to treat non-coronavirus patients. To expand the number of available medical personnel, New York should allow them to practice across state lines so that medical personnel from states with less coronavirus patients can treat New Yorkers. This is best accomplished by having New York join several interstate medical licencing agreements, including the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Nurse Licensure Compact, the Physical Therapy Compact, the Emergency Management Services Compact, and the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

MAKE OUR ECONOMY PANDEMIC-READY

New Yorkers are suffering under the economic shutdown being enforced by our government. We see large companies open for business with little to no social distancing provisions in place, while smaller businesses are shut down for not being deemed “essential” by the state. This paradigm is backwards. Businesses that can properly comply with social distancing and sanitation procedures should be allowed to operate regardless of whether they are deemed “essential,” while their employees should be allowed to work remotely or avoid in person work without getting fired. We must keep pandemic-prevention measures focused on actual pandemic prevention while doing all we can to keep the economy afloat.

REPEAL GOVERNOR CUOMO’S DICTATOR POWERS

I will fight for the immediate repeal of Governor Cuomo’s authoritarian “coronavirus” authority and reinstate the New York State legislature’s sole power to write and modify legislation.  Far too much power has been consolidated with the Governor, and the results have been disastrous: countless numbers of unnecessary nursing home deaths, and draconian policies which are forcing small businesses out of business, while simultaneously generating windfall profits to certain corporations deemed “essential,” giving them monopoly powers over their smaller competitors. No matter your political stance, there is no doubt that giving the Governor dictatorial powers to determine these policies is a threat to our public health, as well as our democracy. I stand with the 16 legislators who voted to stop this unacceptable power grab.