Gov. Cuomo Blames “Disinformation” For Nursing Home Scandal – And Even His Own Party Doesn’t Buy It
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid blame on “toxic” politics and “disinformation” for the nursing scandal currently engulfing his administration, but members of his own party are no longer siding with the governor on the issue.
From the Post Millennial:
This past year, there is a toxic political environment,” he said, “and everything gets politicized. And there’s political spin, and there are facts, two very different things. I just want to make sure people have facts.”
Cuomo said that New York State Department of Health was always fully aware of the situation in nursing homes, further inisting the only reason state lawmakers were not given updated numbers was because the administration was prioritizing a request for information by the Department of Justice:
“Last August,” Cuomo said, “DOJ sent a letter to Democratic governors, four of them, NY, NJ, MI, PA… asking for information on public nursing homes. NY state legislature also sent a letter asking for information on nursing homes.”
“We paused the State Legislature’s request while we were finishing the DOJ request. We told both houses, the Assembly and the Senate, that we had [a] DOJ request for information, and we were prioritizing that. We did give the DOJ request precedence.”
But member of Cuomo’s own party no longer believe the governor’s explanations, with some taking to social media to publicly bash Cuomo after his Monday press conference.
From the New York Post:
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), whose uncle died from COVID-19, bluntly said that “all of it is BS” and a cover-up.
“They could have given us the information back in May and June of last year. They chose not to,” Kim said after hearing Cuomo was blaming the Department of Justice probe for delays in releasing the accurate coronavirus death tally of nursing home residents.
Kim wasn’t the only Democrat critical of the state’s governor:
Meanwhile, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) challenged Cuomo’s assertion that his team informed lawmakers that it would delay release of nursing home fatality data because of the federal probe.
“No, @NYGovCuomo , you did not tell the `entire’ Senate or Assembly that there was a DOJ investigation, as the reason why you didn’t share the nursing home numbers,” Biaggi said in a tweet.
Cuomo for months has maintained that his administration made the right decision to move some patients to nursing homes and downplayed reports that the decision resulted in the deaths of some of the more vulnerable patients typically served there. He only apologized for “people falsely thinking I did anything wrong.”
But it was later revealed that some of the data Cuomo was using to justify his decisions undercounted the death count in nursing homes by 50%, causing many to question the governor for an explanation.
The scandal only deepened for the embattled governor when a leaked conversation revealed that his administration may have even tried to cover-up the true death count when faced with requests for information from the DOJ and State Assembly over the summer.
However, Cuomo has remained defiant and continued to blame his critics for politicizing the nursing home issue.