Andrew Cuomo’s Governorship of New York and his career of corruption may be finished. Cuomo’s personal aide Melissa DeRosa “privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers”, NOT THE PUBLIC, for “withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19″ according to The New York Post.
This came shortly after New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday the death toll in New York nursing homes could be as much as 50% higher than figures released by the state. The NY AG’s report stated “this preliminary data for the 62 facilities and time periods noted above suggests that COVID-19
resident deaths associated with nursing homes in New York state appear to be undercounted by DOH by approximately 50 percent”.
Never forget: Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept >9,000 COVID+ patients
NY then manipulated its NH Covid deaths reports.
Cuomo then used those cooked up numbers to claim NY was doing better than other states.
Then said "who cares" when he got caught.
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) February 12, 2021
The New York Post estimated “The bombshell findings could push the current DOH tally of 8,711 deaths to more than 13,000, based on a survey of 62 nursing homes that found the state undercounted the fatalities there by an average of 56 percent.” More than 20 of the nursing homes are now under investigation for failure to enforce infection-control measures.
When confronted with the devastating report from the NY AG Office Cuomo dismissively replied,
“Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died,” he said.
For many this will stir disturbing memories of Sec. State Hillary Clinton asking “What difference at this point does it make?” during the Benghazi hearings regarding the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Not an Apology to Families, Instead An Apology to Democrat Politicians
Most galling of the entire ordeal is that DeRosa’s apology on behalf of Cuomo was not directed to the families of the approx. 13,000 people who died due to Cuomo’s disastrous policy of sending some 9,000 COVID19 positive patients to those nursing homes. Cuomo’s Department of Health’s order transformed these 62 nursing homes into disease ridden death-traps for vulnerable seniors.
The New York Post reported,
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors,”
“Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.” DeRosa and by extension Cuomo’s main concern was the POLITICAL IMPACT of this scandal, not the human impact. She Continued,
“So we do apologize,” she said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”
Blaming Trump for Their Lies
Not only did the Cuomo administration suppress the information and outright lie, they then proceeded to BLAME President Trump for their lies. Apparently Trump was at fault for bringing federal scrutiny to bear on the bizarre, inconsistent COVID numbers coming from New York.
During the conference call which exposed the coverup, Cuomo’s Secretary Melissa DeRosa said the Governor had rebuffed a legislative request for a new COVID19 nursing home tally in August, according to the Post. DeRosa said this was because “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,”.
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”
“And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.”
Cuomo May Be Finished
The fallout has been dramatic and immediate, with GOP Chair Nick Langworthy of New York calling for “Prosecution and impeachment discussions must begin right away,” Langworthy said. “If the Governor is involved, he should be immediately removed from office,” said state Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt. And Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) called for other members of Congress to call for “an independent and thorough investigation by the Biden Department of Justice into Governor Cuomo and New York State.”
Politico surprisingly reported,
“Some Democrats who have been the most vocal critics of Cuomo joined Republicans in responding to the Post article: “You’re only sorry that you all got caught,” tweeted state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Westchester). “Because of your decisions, thousands of people died who did not have to die.”
This scandal could finally spell the end of the political dynasty founded by Mario Cuomo, continued by Andrew and guarded in the Press by the younger Chris Cuomo of CNN. The handling of COVID19 would cause a shameful legacy of the Cuomo’s to be finished with the exposure and conviction of the Governor of New York.