N.Y. Gov. Cuomo faces backlash over nursing home deaths

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2021

Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Republican Conference called on the Senate Majority to convene a special session and strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while calling for a thorough investigation into his administration.

"We were getting so many calls from people who lost loved ones".

Cuomo, who has generally enjoyed unmitigated praise from the establishment media and fellow Democrats throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, is facing backlash from Democrat state senators following an admission from Melissa DeRosa, New York's secretary to the governor, who privately admitted that the administration covered up nursing home death data over fears of a federal probe under the Trump administration. The bottom line, he said, is that "people died".

DeRosa said the Cuomo administration had delayed the release of data on Covid-19 deaths among long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, according to the transcript.

A report in late January from New York's attorney general found the New York State Department of Health undercounted Covid-19 deaths among residents of nursing homes by approximately 50%.

"If the governor had said, look we made a mistake, I made a mistake and we tried to correct that mistake, I think New Yorkers would have accepted that because this pandemic has had so many unknowns". "I join my colleagues in both houses of the Legislature in calling for a formal investigation", he said. Borrello asked. "Myself and my colleagues have introduced several measures to curb the governor's authority, to ask for accountability, to make him come back before the legislature and have his emergency power renewed several times and nothing has happened".

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The state says the website's system is being impacted by the high volume of people looking to schedule appointments.

Langworthy said NY politicians had been removed from office "for much less" and that "frankly, this is much worse than client No. 9", referring to the prostitution scandal that forced Gov. Eliot Spitzer out of office in 2008. "If the Governor is involved, he should be immediately removed from office".

"Justice needs to be sought for the grieving families", Ortt added.

Republicans, meanwhile, have demanded an independent investigation and committee resignations.

Seven million New Yorkers, including health care workers and people over 65, were already eligible for vaccinations under previous state rules. "The time for real action is upon us, and the governor and his staff must be held accountable". We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout. "That said, we were working simultaneously to complete the audit of information they were asking for". "Right now is that you have a lot of Democrats in the NY state legislature going after him".

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