Extraordinary measures

The nation is beaming with praise for Cuomo, but his words also produced stark, every-man-for-themselves terror in city and county governments this week. Of course right now we’re too concerned about social distancing and groceries to be concerned about the fearsome quarterly budget powers which the governor may be appropriating for himself.

Welcome to EU-style “austerity,” and hopefully not also “Gov. Cuomo’s Little Book on How to Master Accents of the Five Boroughs.” Cuomo has personalized his approach to all this a great deal, as is his style. That isn’t necessarily a heartwarming state of affairs for those on the outskirts of the Empire.

Lawmakers are considering a return to Albany as early as Sunday, though with a scaled-down approach. After the positive virus results for a fourth member of the Assembly on Friday, they will be looking at ways for Democrats and Republicans to vote remotely if they are ill or have other issues that makes it unwise to return to the Capitol.

As water seeks its own level, power fills vacuums.