Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal Intensifies After Allegations He Threatened Democratic Lawmaker

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 18, 2021

The aide, Melissa DeRosa, said in a statement last week that Cuomo's administration "froze" when the DOJ requested the data.

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

Mr. Kim said that during the meeting with Ms. DeRosa, he called on the governor to apologize to family members of those who died in assisted living facilities. The governor accused Kim of being "unethical" for backing nail salon owners as lawmakers discussed safety and wage reforms of the industry in 2015.

"The governor can personally attack me all he wants in an effort to distract us from his incompetent management", Kim said in a new statement on Wednesday. "I hope today's news will change that".

The Times Union of Albany reported Wednesday that prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Brooklyn had also become involved in an inquiry. However, as the NY governor's star rose thanks to his daily press briefings and the mainstream media showered the Democrat with praise for his "leadership", the network allowed its prime-time anchor to hold a series of chummy interviews with his brother in the early weeks of the pandemic.

All three legislators, who asked to remain anonymous because they were afraid of retribution from the governor, said they were "aware of outreach from the governor in which he clearly suggested or explicitly threatened political retaliation if they did not stand by him", CNN reported.

Members of that task force include the governor's secretary, Melissa DeRosa, who was caught on audio last week admitting to top Democratic leaders in NY that the administration hid the full data on nursing home fatalities during the Trump administration over fears that the president would call them out.

The Justice Department did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

Several lawmakers from across New York State called for action on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo following the release of a report.

Assembly Member Ron Kim said Cuomo had vowed to "destroy" him during a private phone call last week for criticism he felt was unfair. She said they were anxious they would be used against them in a federal investigation.

In October, Cuomo's memoir on how he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in NY was released.

"COVID did not get into the nursing homes by people coming from hospitals", Cuomo said. "They have blood on their hands", Kim told CNN. He penned a letter, along with nine other Democratic lawmakers, that accused the governor and his staff of obstructing justice.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE