World Democrats Introduce Resolution to Censure N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Over COVID Nursing Home Controversy
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How could the media have gotten this so wrong? The most charitable explanation is that the media loves a hero story. And it helps when the hero is someone on their political team.Such an investigation was long overdue. One of the biggest scandals of the pandemic has been the number of nursing home deaths in New York City, many of them possibly linked to a March 25 directive from the Cuomo administration forcing nursing homes to take in people even if they had tested positive for COVID-19. It would prove a death sentence for thousands of seniors. And to fend off an investigation, the Cuomo administration underestimated the number of nursing home deaths by 40%.
Members of the New York State Democratic Committee introduced a formal resolution to censure Governoron Monday, as public controversy over his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes continues to build.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is facing significant backlash from New York residents and lawmakers alike for his alleged mishandling of COVID-19 fatality data for long-term-care facility residents during the pandemic's first months.
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Last year, Cuomo was initially criticized for his directive ordering nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients. Then a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James in January accused him of intentionally underrepresenting the number of deaths that subsequently occurred. Representatives from the Legislature have said that Cuomothe data from them and responded with when some criticized him.
"The Cuomo administration repeatedly stymied and refused to comply with requests for information regarding COVID-19 in nursing homes from the New York Stateand Assembly," reads Monday's censure resolution. It added that the governor "has personally and inappropriately threatened members of the legislature with retribution if they do not cease examining the nursing home tragedy and working towards accountability."
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"So many people have been bullied, mistreated, or intimidated by him," one New York Democratic assemblywoman said of Governor Andrew CuomoA New Yorker piece published Saturday, "The Sound and the Fury of Andrew Cuomo," highlighted several claims of very personal threats between the governor and elected state officials. Ron Kim, a Democratic assemblyman from Queens, said Cuomo threatened him so loudly over the phone one recent evening that it upset his wife and children in their home.
Monday's censure resolution comes as lawmakers seek to revoke expanded emergency powers given to Cuomo at the pandemic's onset, while federal prosecutors and personnel at thepursue investigations into his actions. The resolution seeks additional action on Cuomo's part, with the authors calling on the governor to "cease his belligerent conduct, cooperate openly with all investigations, and make a full apology to the people of the State of New York."
Eleven members of the state committee—Virginia Ramos-Rios, Emilia Decaudin, Kristina Naplatarski, Julio Pena III, Jesse Pierce, Lauren Trapanatto, Amanda Farias, Sue Van Hook, Patrick Nelson, Deborah Lynch and Emily Adams—signed the document ahead of its submission Monday morning. Most reside in one of New York City's five boroughs. More than a dozen additional names were added to the resolution throughout the morning and afternoon, including other Democratic state committee members, county committee members and district leaders.
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The Republican congressman said New Yorkers "do not like this one-party control and I agree with them."Cuomo has been facing significant backlash from Republicans and Democrats due to his administration's decision that sent many COVID-19 patients to nursing homes last spring as the pandemic surged in New York State. The move is believed to have resulted in the deaths of thousands of nursing home residents.
Patrick Nelson, a state committee member and former New York state Senate candidate, shared additional remarks about the push to censure Cuomo, and why he supports it, on.
"One of the core values of theis putting the wellbeing of our communities, state, and county ahead of partisanship," Nelson wrote. "It's time to act on that value."
Newsweek reached out to the New York State Democratic Party and Cuomo's office for comments but did not receive replies in time for publication.
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Why was the New York governor’s reckoning so long in coming?But which myth? Is he Icarus, flying too close to the sun in his premature attempt to claim credit for New York’s public-health prowess, only to have his wings melted by the heat of scandal? Is he Oedipus, brought low by his determination to eclipse his father? Or is he simply Zeus, a powerful man prone to wrathful outbursts and sexual misconduct?