Guest Editorial by Assemblyman Angelo Morinello
Whether it be behind masks, screens or phones, the legislature has reconvened in Albany, focused and motivated. The coronavirus epidemic has put a tremendous strain on our communities, our livelihoods, and the very things that make us human. Interactions at work, in social settings, or in passing have ceased to brief greetings and informal salutations. The legislature returns this week frustrated but with a heavy heart, knowing the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety the members of our community have faced over the last few incredibly trying months.
Life cannot afford to be placed on pause for any longer; our businesses, our communities and our families must persist. In the face of unfathomable tragedy and record-setting unemployment, I am eager for the return of the legislature, the return of democracy, and the return of New York.
Our governor has led to the best of his abilities, but the voices of all must outweigh the actions of one. Checks and balances are a fundamental principle of a democracy. Let’s get back to the business and normalcy of this state, and let's begin the process of recovery, because we are and always will be, “New York Strong.”