Long before the Covid pandemic, most Democrats in Albany largely took a back seat to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and chafed at a balance of power that was too uneven for their liking. Then came 2020, and with it the coronavirus pandemic, stay-at-home orders, and mass closures of businesses and schools.
The Legislature wasn’t able to meet in person, and lawmakers’ grumbling stayed mostly among themselves.
News that the Cuomo administration withheld nursing home Covid-related fatality data from the Legislature as it handled a federal probe rocked the Statehouse last week, and an aftershock followed this week with newspaper ...