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World Democrat Maya Wiley, Candidate for NY Mayor, Hits Out at Cuomo Over Nursing Homes

07:12  20 february  2021
07:12  20 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Maya D. Wiley , a former top lawyer for Mayor Bill de Blasio who has gained a national following as a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, announced her run for mayor of New York City on Wednesday night and immediately sought to distance herself from her former boss. In a campaign launch video “Some will say I don’t sound like past mayors or look like them or think like them, and I say yes, I don’t — that is the point,” said Ms. Wiley , who is Black. “I am not a conventional candidate . But changing it up isn’t the risk. Electing the same kinds of people, bringing the same old broken promises over and

New York City ’s largest union endorsed Maya Wiley , the former MSNBC analyst and legal counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, in the race for mayor on Friday, giving a lift to her campaign as she tries to prove that she is a leading candidate in the crowded Democratic field. The campaign has moved mostly online during the pandemic, and it has become difficult for candidates to stand out . Ms. Wiley faced a setback earlier this week when the city’s campaign finance board said she had not qualified for the city’s 8-to-1 matching program, which could enable her to receive million in public funds.

Democratic New York City mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of "finger-pointing" during press conferences while criticizing his handling of nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday.

Maya Wiley wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a stage: Maya Wiley, a 2021 New York City mayoral candidate, speaks during the We Stand United NYC event in New York City on January 19, 2017. © D Dipasupil/Getty Maya Wiley, a 2021 New York City mayoral candidate, speaks during the We Stand United NYC event in New York City on January 19, 2017.

"New York City is the greatest city in the world but our people are struggling and need help - not insults hurled our way in front of a national audience," Wiley said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "The Governor has had ten years to work on the issues he tried to call New York City out on today and nothing gets solved by finger-pointing at press conferences. New Yorkers just deserve better than this."

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One of the city’s most influential and powerful unions endorsed Maya Wiley for New York City mayor on Friday, helping set the civil rights lawyer apart in a crowded field of candidates . Wiley joins presidential contender Andrew Yang and a half-dozen others campaigning for the June 22 Democratic primary, which is likely to decide the next mayor in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 6-to-1. The primary will be the first mayoral race to be determined by voters ranking their five top choices in order of preference.

Maya D. Wiley , a former top counsel for Mayor Bill de Blasio, is leaving her role as a contributor on MSNBC and NBC News to explore a run for mayor of New York City , an official at MSNBC confirmed on Tuesday. Ms. Wiley , a Black former chairwoman of the city’s police oversight agency, would be entering Mr. Lupo said Ms. Wiley did not want to discuss her private deliberations over the race, and would not comment on what her time frame might be for deciding whether she would run. Ms. Wiley ’s ties to the mayor , who is unpopular and has received criticism for his handling of the protests and the

Cuomo has been under heavy bipartisan fire after his administration admitted underreporting nursing home deaths last year, while claiming that accurately reporting the data would have made them susceptible to unfair treatment from the GOP-controlled federal government. The controversy escalated after Cuomo denounced Ron Kim, a Democratic state Assembly member from Queens who has been critical of the governor, during a Wednesday press conference while further lashing out in a defense of his actions during a Friday briefing.

"We need to focus on the issue at hand: getting to the bottom of what happened in New York's nursing homes so that our seniors and care workers get the answers and accountability that they deserve," Wiley said. "No amount of distractions or bravado at press conferences should take our focus away from what needs to be our top priority right now, which is working hard for the people of New York who need our leaders to rise to meet this moment."

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Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley is calling prominent New York pols seeking support for a run for mayor , The Post has learned. Wiley , a Brooklyn resident, previously served as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top legal counsel and chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. “ Maya did reach out to get my support,” said Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepulveda told The Post Sunday. Sepulveda was the first New York elected official to back then-underdog Bill de Blasio’s successful bid for mayor in 2013. “If Maya runs she will be a formidable candidate ,” Sepulveda said. “Maybe she thinks I’ll be a good luck charm,” he joked.

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Cuomo accused his critics of boosting "conspiracy theories" and insisted that his administration had "saved tens of thousands of lives" during Friday's briefing, which was held as a growing list of Democrats joined Republicans to back investigations into his actions. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced support for the investigations during Cuomo's briefing, saying in a statement that "the public deserve answers."

Investigations by the Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI are currently underway. Republican state lawmakers also hope to impeach Cuomo, an effort that would normally seem very unlikely to succeed with a Democratic governor and a state legislature that is heavily dominated by Democrats.

"I want to set the record straight on nursing homes for a number of reasons, primarily for the families of nursing home deaths," Cuomo said on Friday. "We created a void by not producing enough public information fast enough. People wanted information, we did not produce public information fast enough. That creates a void."

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Citing concerns over the widespread proliferation of Covid-19 variants, Biden said he might have to prohibit vehicle and air traffic until the CDC and NIH were confident that currently available vaccinations had a proven efficacy against emerging strains, such as highly transmissible anomalies from “Florida absolutely will not comply,” DeSantis repeated. “Instituting a travel ban or restriction of movement would be a gross example of federal overreach with no grounding in law or science. We have Covid-19 in check, and you’re trying to exert unlawful authority over our state and its people,” he chided Biden.

But New York ’s numbers do not tell the whole story: The state Health Department only counts residents who physically died within a nursing home , and omits those who contracted the virus and went on to die in a hospital or other facility. New York is in the minority in reporting deaths in this way; California’s count, for example, includes most nursing home patients who were transferred to hospitals and died. In early April, Mr. Cuomo also signed legislation that shielded nursing homes from most lawsuits over their handling of the coronavirus — a measure pushed for by industry representatives.


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"What happens in a void, especially today in this environment - in this toxic political environment?" continued Cuomo. "Something fills the void and conspiracy theories and politics and rumors fill the void. You can't allow inaccurate information to go unanswered."

Wiley, a former lawyer for current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and MSNBC legal analyst, was endorsed by the city's largest labor union on Friday, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union.

She is one of more than a dozen candidates hoping to replace de Blasio, who is not running for reelection due to term limits, with other prominent candidates including former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Newsweek reached out to Cuomo's office for comment.

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