Politics The Andrew Cuomo nursing home scandal gets worse and worse

05:10  29 april  2021
05:10  29 april  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Amid the swirling controversy over whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 's administration knowingly undercounted deaths among nursing home residents during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, a top aide for the governor apologized to Democratic lawmakers, saying the administration "froze" when initially asked by state legislators back in August about the issue.

In January 2021, Attorney General of New York Letitia James released a report finding that Governor Andrew Cuomo had understated the toll of COVID-19-related deaths in state nursing homes by as

Just when you think New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cannot possibly be a more detestable, vile human being, along comes a new report to assure you he absolutely can.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

The New York Times reports this week that Cuomo’s aides spent months (not weeks) covering up the state’s enormous nursing home death total just so he could hawk a book praising his administration’s efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

For the record, as many as 11,000 New Yorkers may have died last year as a result of the governor’s order forcing infectious coronavirus patients into long-term care facilities. Cuomo, who is also an alleged sexual predator, is currently under federal investigation for his office's reported efforts to keep the true nursing home death toll a secret.

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Andrew Cuomo , calling the COVID-19 nursing home death reporting “cover-up” scandal “one of the worst things I have seen in state government.” During an interview on AM 570 WMCA radio, Pataki called Cuomo ’s nursing home policies and actions “inhumane,” “reprehensible,” “outrageous He also said the Legislature should curb Cuomo ’s emergency powers, which would “speed up” the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and end Albany’s “micro-management.” “You won’t have people worried about getting fined a million dollars or losing your license if you give someone in category 2CW a vaccine

Andrew Cuomo (D) and his administration was much worse than previously known. POLL: What scares you the most? The bombshell report was published on Wednesday and relied on new interviews and documents obtained by the Times. Cuomo has faced a barrage of criticism over the order in March 2020 that was issued while the New York state attorney general Letitia James is investigating the nursing home scandal in addition to the accusations of sexual harassment against Cuomo . The State Assembly is also conducting an impeachment inquiry against the Democrat. Cuomo 's office replies.

The New York Times reports:

The effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to obscure the pandemic death toll in New York nursing homes was far greater than previously known, with aides repeatedly overruling state health officials over a span of at least five months, according to interviews and newly unearthed documents.

Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aides engaged in a sustained effort to prevent the state’s own health officials, including the commissioner, Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll to the public or sharing it with state lawmakers, these interviews and documents showed.

A scientific paper, which incorporated the data, was never published. An audit of the numbers by a top Cuomo aide was finished months before it became publicly known. Two letters, drafted by the Health Department and meant for state legislators, were never sent.

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Andrew Cuomo and his coronavirus task force handled nursing home data during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Albany Times Union first reported news of the investigation Wednesday. The paper said the probe is in its early stages and is scrutinizing the work of some of the task force’s senior members. Cuomo has received an outpouring of criticism over allegations that he covered up the true number of coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes across the state. Earlier on Wednesday, a New York lawmaker said that Cuomo had threatened his career over the scandal .

Andrew Cuomo ’s coverup of nursing - home COVID deaths was even worse than we’d thought: It turns out his Department of Health started collecting the key data a full year ago — even as it kept the info secret in defiance of lawmakers’ rights as well as the Freedom of Information Law. A DOH memo obtained by The Post shows the department began ordering care homes to report both in- home and in-hospital deaths of residents last April. Yet for nine months Team Cuomo refused to share it, with Health Commissioner Howard Zucker insulting legislators with bogus claims the info wasn’t accurate enough

The actions coincided with the period in which Mr. Cuomo was pitching and then writing a book on the pandemic, with the assistance of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, and others.

Denying state health officials access to data that could’ve allowed them to fight the pandemic more effectively, and thus prevent the Empire State from becoming superspreader No. 1, is bad enough. That Cuomo allegedly had staffers obscure the true nursing home death toll so he could sell a stupid self-aggrandizing book is genuinely psychotic.

If you think the New York Times’s straightforward report is bad, just wait until you consider its implications.

For starters, we must question now the number of excess deaths Cuomo’s interference may have caused. And not just excess deaths in New York, but in all the other states. We knew already New York was a superspreader state. But this new information suggests the overall effect it had on the rest of the country may actually be worse than originally thought, and all because its governor had a book to promote.

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Andrew Cuomo ’s cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 could lead to federal criminal charges, a former assistant attorney general has warned. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, John Daukas — who was acting attorney general for the Justice “New York’s apparently false statements about nursing - home deaths misled public-health officials across the country at a time when they were trying to develop strategies to battle a deadly pandemic,” he wrote. Worse , he pointed to The Post’s report on how Cuomo ’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that the true death toll being hidden out

But nursing home residents and senior advocates expressed alarm that returning Covid patients to elder-care centers would produce terrible outbreaks. It was not until late last month that the state attorney general, Letitia James, revealed just how bad the situation became – and how misleadingly Under Cuomo ’s leadership, the state rolled out the nation’s most extensive testing regime, implemented social distancing and mandatory masking policies, shifted healthcare workers and patients to spread out hospital capacity, took an incremental approach to shutdown and stay-at- home orders and set a

Moreover, how does the White House respond? Will it continue to allow Cuomo to lead the pandemic conference calls with the nation’s governors, calls that were led last year by former Vice President Mike Pence? Will President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris continue to skip the calls, as they’ve done this year in sharp contrast to the previous administration? Or will the White House step in to relieve the obviously unfit governor from his duties?

Oh, that some enterprising young journalist would have the guts to ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki this question.

Then again, even if a member of the White House press corps asked Psaki, don't expect the administration to provide a forthcoming answer. After all, anything negative they say about Cuomo would create an uncomfortable situation for Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response.

Slavitt, you may recall, is the same wonder brain who claimed in July 2020 that the nursing home scandal was just a "right-wing meme.”

“[S]ome thought it was unfair that Cuomo drew such high praise for his handling of the crisis,” said the president’s point man on the White House’s COVID response. “He earned it for one reason.”

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Slavitt adds, “He didn’t lie. He didn’t sell. He didn’t pat himself on the back. Or avoid responsibility. … He told the hard truths. He showed data. He asked for help. He demonstrated some empathy & some effort. And the country needed that.”

There’s more.

“There’s a right wing meme about how Cuomo killed people in nursing homes,” Slavitt claimed, adding, “The nursing home meme was generally spread by people whose principal skill is retweeting unread click bait. I ran the agency the Agency that oversaw nursing home safety & have been talking about this on TV, in writing & with governors.”

Oh, is that right? You know what, let's forget about asking Psaki about the governors’ pandemic conference calls. Let’s hear what the White House's senior COVID-19 adviser has to say about the New York governor and his reported obstruction of the state’s pandemic response for the sake of book sales.

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