Pressure mounts on Cuomo over COVID deaths at nursing homes

Henrietta Brewer
February 18, 2021

As News 12 has reported, the governor has come under fire after a report by the state attorney general's office said COVID-19 nursing home deaths were underreported by almost 50%.

"He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes", Cuomo's top aide, Melissa DeRosa, said of Trump on the conference call recording, a transcript of which was provided by DeRosa to ABC News.

New York Democrats are also working to strip Cuomo of the emergency powers he received last spring.

The governor told reporters on Wednesday his relations with Kim as "open and hostile".

The governor accused the assemblyman of switching sides on a 2015 law Kim created to regulate nail salons.

"Kim's assertion that the governor said he would "destroy him" is false", Rich Azzopardi told CNN.

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All three legislators, who asked to remain anonymous because they were afraid of retribution from the governor, said they were "aware of outreach from the governor in which he clearly suggested or explicitly threatened political retaliation if they did not stand by him", CNN reported.

Cuomo has admitted that mistakes were made, but says there was no cover-up.

"While he claims he was taking time to answer the Justice Department, we saw him gallivant around on a book tour and victory lap across prime time cable shows".

In the early days of the pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hailed by many as a hero. She said they were anxious they would be used against them in a federal investigation.

"So much for Mr. Kim's credibility, and I said to him on the phone, 'You know, there is still integrity and honor and decency in politics, ' but that's that for Mr. Kim", Cuomo said on Wednesday.

The controversy over nursing home deaths has dogged Cuomo for months.

Critics allege Gov. Cuomo was downplaying the number of nursing home deaths to deflect criticism from a March 2020 directive, ordering nursing home residents who were hospitalized with COVID-19 be sent back to the nursing home. A spokesperson told PIX11 they had no comment. He penned a letter, along with nine other Democratic lawmakers, that accused the governor and his staff of obstructing justice.

"COVID did not get into the nursing homes by people coming from hospitals", Cuomo said.

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