Published: Thu, February 18, 2021
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo under investigation for nursing home deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo under investigation for nursing home deaths

As News 12 has reported, the governor has come under fire after a report by the state attorney general's office said COVID-19 nursing home deaths were underreported by almost 50%.

"The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war against COVID, however, to be truly effective, we must ensure it is distributed fairly and equitably", Cuomo said.

A spokesman for Cuomo dismissed the revelation as nothing new but confirmed it.

Cuomo denied the allegation, then used a call with reporters Wednesday to blast Kim, one of nine Democrats who signed a letter seeking support for the proposal to limit his emergency powers, which are set to expire this spring.

The governor accused the assemblyman of switching sides on a 2015 law Kim created to regulate nail salons.

Gov. Cuomo's senior advisor Rich Azzopardi called Kim a liar. "I accept responsibility for that".

"The day after DeRosa admitted the truth, Kim gave a comment to The New York Post: "[her comments sounded like] they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice".

That's despite coverage on other CNN shows, including Sunday's "State of the Union", on which host Jake Tapper criticized the state Health Department's since-rescinded, March 25 directive for nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients.

The DOJ gave Cuomo's administration 14 days to share data on nursing home deaths on August 26.

"There's been a long, hostile relationship with Assemblyman Kim", Cuomo said.

"We responded to the entire August request and have been in the process of responding to the October request on a rolling basis as suggested by the Department of Justice at the time, with a production as recent as January 8, 2021", Azzopardi said.

Andrew Cuomo announced that 13 new community-based pop-up vaccination sites will be coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers across the state to "bolster the state's commitment to ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process". "From day one, NY has prioritized equitable vaccination access with aggressive efforts targeted at reaching communities that were hit the hardest by COVID", Cuomo said. You're not a lawyer.' It nearly felt like in retrospect he was trying to bait me and anger me and say something inappropriate.

"We certainly see the need for a quick response but also want to move toward a system of increased oversight, and review", she said.

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