Andrew Cuomo Aide: To Keep away from Federal Investigation, New York Hid COVID-19 Nursing Residence Deaths
Andrew Cuomo, a top adviser to the New York government, said her team had held back the number of COVID-19 deaths in the nursing home to protect the Cuomo government from federal investigation and criticism.
On Thursday, the New York Post reported that New York governor's secretary Melissa DeRosa apologized to the Democratic leaders for the “political” damage caused by the Cuomo's information suppression.
Cuomo advisors admits they hid data from nursing homes so the government wouldn't find out. Https://t.co/lbH53CORKv pic.twitter.com/OX94iKM0gn
– New York Post (@nypost) February 11, 2021
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DeRosa: Cuomo's government-suppressed statistics
DeRosa said Cuomo's team was concerned about a federal investigation after former President Donald Trump pointed to the high number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York care homes.
This was detailed in a taped call with the State Democrats legislature.
According to Top DeRosa, this concern has led the Cuomo team to suppress statistics against requests for such information.
Team Cuomo put the governor's protection above transparency.
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That was the conclusion reached by Democratic MP Ron Kim, who attended the conference call.
BREAKING REPORT: Cuomo assistant Melissa DeRosa admits they hid NURSING HOME DATA so the government wouldn't find out.
– Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) February 12, 2021
"They admitted that they were trying to evade incriminating evidence …"
"You had to first make sure the state was protected from federal investigations." Kim told the New York Post.
He said DeRosa's comments "sounded like they admitted they were trying to evade incriminating evidence that could put the administration or (health department) in further trouble with the Justice Department."
"That's how I understand their reasoning as to why they couldn't share the data in real time," said Kim.
DeRosa apologized to the State Democrats for how this all went.
"So we apologize," said DeRose. “I understand the position you have been transferred to. I know it's not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans. "
Republican MP Lee Zeldin had previously called for the investigation into Governor Cuomo to be blocked.
The democracy-friendly mass media had praised Cuomo's behavior as governor during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DOJ must immediately initiate an obstruction of justice investigation against Gov Cuomo and his administrator. It is now reported that her nursing home cover-up has been approved directly. The families of thousands of dead seniors in New York deserve accountability.https: //t.co/YAHhdORKnN
– Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 12, 2021
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AP: New information could be "a possible blow to (Cuomo's) image as a pandemic hero"
Governor Cuomo even wrote a book called "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From The COVID-19 Pandemic".
According to the latest information in New York, the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes to date is 15,049.
The Associated Press wondered if the Cuomo government's underreporting of nursing home deaths was "a possible blow to his image as a pandemic hero".