(ConservativeHub.com) – The winds of change continuously blow in the world of politics. One day a politician is on top of the world; the next, they’re looking for work (or a good criminal defense attorney).
New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on top of the world not that long ago. He became an overnight sensation with his daily COVID-19 briefings and nightly love-fest with mainstream media portals.
The wind suddenly shifted on December 13, 2020, when a former Cuomo aide accused him of sexual harassment, including unwanted kissing. Cuomo also started making headlines for allegedly doctoring the number of nursing home deaths due to COVID-19 in New York.
By February 2021, he was under federal investigation for his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and New York’s Attorney General Letitia James appointed a special counsel with subpoena powers to look into numerous claims of sexual harassment.
New Report Sheds Light on the Effort to Hide Nursing Home Data
On April 28, the New York Times reported that Cuomo’s staff hid the actual number of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic for at least five months.
The Times reviewed numerous documents and interviews. It reported that it confirmed that senior Cuomo staff members “repeatedly prevented state health officials from releasing” data on the number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic.
Of particular concern was the Cuomo administration’s confusing policy of preventing nursing homes from turning away any patients from hospitals who had received treatment for the coronavirus. At the same time, nursing homes were transferring patients dying of COVID-19 to hospitals.
Lawmakers and other officials started asking for a complete accounting of the number of deaths in nursing homes amid all that confusion. But Cuomo staffers claimed that computing the numbers was complicated due to concerns regarding possible errors and double-counting.
If the allegations that the Cuomo administration hid numbers for months prove true, Cuomo should resign from office. New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called for him to step down on April 29. In the meantime, the criminal probes into his actions continue.
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