Rep. Zeldin Slams Proposed NYS Bill Granting Governor Authority to Detain New Yorkers For Being “A Danger to Public Health”
PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement on New York State Assembly Bill A416, which would grant officials, such as Governor Andrew Cuomo and state health officials, the authority to remove and detain individuals who they deem a threat to public health, detain them for up to 3 business days without a court hearing and require “an appropriate course of treatment, preventative medication or vaccination.” A416 will be referred to the New York State Assembly’s Health Committee as of Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
“The outbreak of coronavirus has hit New York communities hard. Government response to this novel virus has resulted in our local small businesses being shuttered and New York families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. New Yorkers have all made great sacrifices, but this bill seeks to strip freedoms and liberties that we are not willing to give up,” said Congressman Zeldin. “This shocking legislation is not only greatly disturbing at face value, but a direct assault on our Constitutional guarantee of due process. Neither Governor Cuomo nor any government official should be the judge and jury with a power like this, especially unilaterally and without question, and I urge Albany to immediately reverse course on this astonishingly shortsighted law.”