NY liberal groups: Cuomo, lawmakers fail to deliver

They urged lawmakers to act before adjourning June 19 and said voters will remember if they don't.

Posted: Jun 3, 2019 9:34 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Liberal groups that helped Democrats win one-party control of New York government say they're frustrated with the lack of progress on bills to legalize recreational marijuana, invest in clean energy and strengthen tenant rights.

In a statement Monday, a coalition including the Drug Policy Alliance, Citizen Action and New York Communities for Change accuse Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of hampering the bills despite statements of support.

The group noted that bills many Democrats promised to prioritize haven't gotten votes, including one authorizing drivers licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally and another restricting solitary confinement in prison.

They urged lawmakers to act before adjourning June 19 and said voters will remember if they don't.

Cuomo has blamed lawmakers for the delay but says he's pushing for progress.

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