New Audit Released on Cuomo Failings

New Audit Released on Cuomo Failings

( – Former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) spent most of 2020 and 2021 in the news. In 2020, media outlets and others initially heralded him for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that positive coverage soon took a nosedive. Now, a recent report shows just how spectacularly Cuomo actually failed his citizens.

In an audit released on Tuesday, March 15, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli outlined Cuomo’s policies resulted in the failure to report more than 4,100 COVID-19 deaths. In fact, DiNapoli estimated that the number of deaths, as of February 2021, was undercounted by over 30%. As of May 2020, the deaths were reportedly undercounted by whopping 53%. Attorney General Letitia James (D) confirmed those figures were in line with her office’s findings, which had estimated Cuomo’s administration underreported deaths by up to 50%.

In his statement, DiNapoli said, “our audit findings are extremely troubling.” The investigation revealed the state Department of Health failed to report the number of deaths accurately and allowed Cuomo to direct a false narrative. Where Cuomo said New York was doing better than most in its response, particularly in nursing homes, an article from the New York Times reported that Cuomo’s health agency failed to report nursing home residents who died in hospitals as nursing home deaths.

Despite the audit’s findings, there’s no answer that will change the events of the last two years. However, the misdeeds are finally coming to light, and New Yorkers can rest assured Cuomo is no longer in office to mislead them further.

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