Published: Sun, February 14, 2021
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Jake Tapper Calls Out Andrew Cuomo Amid Nursing Home Scandal

Jake Tapper Calls Out Andrew Cuomo Amid Nursing Home Scandal

"The administration's efforts to distort and cover up the true number of COVID-related deaths in NY nursing homes are outrageous", Sen.

Criticism followed from Democratic lawmakers, including Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assembly Health Committee chairman Richard Gottfried and state Senate Aging Committee chairwoman, Rachel May.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's political troubles intensified Friday, as he faced the fallout from the latest bombshell in the widening nursing home scandal that has engulfed his administration: an admission from one of his top lieutenants that his office withheld information from the New York legislature because they were afraid that former President Donald Trump would tweet negatively about the governor's efforts if the information became public.

Borrello's discussion with area media came after Friday morning's report that more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in NY state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks.

Seven million New Yorkers, including health care workers and people over 65, were already eligible for vaccinations under previous state rules.

The statement follows the New York Post's Thursday report revealing the private call between DeRosa and state lawmakers, wherein she admitted that the administration withheld nursing home data over concerns of a federal investigation. That said, there are still a lot of unknowns at this time such as exact information on quantities that we may receive or what the precise timeline of delivery will be.

DeRosa also released a statement accompanying the transcript.

DeRosa responded to the leak, saying she was just explaining the administration had to put the request by lawmakers on hold while they responded to a federal inquiry.

"We informed the houses [of the NY legislature] of this at the time".

"Gov. Cuomo is of course the governor of one of the largest states in the country, one of the places where the pandemic hit hardest the earliest, where there's still many Americans who are continuing to struggle to get vaccinated, to make ends meet, and so it was important to have him as a part of the meeting", she said. "We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DoJ and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout", she said.

"What if any crime has occurred?" asked state Sen.

"Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately - both by the Attorney General of New York State and the U.S. Department of Justice", Stefanik wrote in a statement. "There needs to be full accountability for what happened, and the legislature needs to reconsider its broad grant of emergency powers to the governor".

"It is more clear than ever who was really playing politics with this issue", he said.

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