By Michael Hill, Marina VILLENEUVE and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press
ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York Government. Andrew Cuomo wrote a book on COVID-19 crisis management. He now sharply accuses them of covering up the actual death of the epidemic on nursing home residents, attacks that directly challenge her reputation for shooting ability and tarnish her political future.
State lawmakers called for an investigation, stripped Cuomo of his emergency powers, and even his resignation came after new details about why some nursing home data had been kept in wraps for months, Notwithstanding the request of lawmen and others.
Top aide Melissa Derasa told lawmakers that the data had been delayed because officials were worried that the information was “used against us” by the Trump administration’s Justice Department.
The new salaries of Republicans and Cuomo’s fellow Democrats mark a strange change from the early days of the epidemic, when Cuomo’s daily briefing helped solidify the national reputation for leadership. The briefing, in which he promised to deliver “just the facts”, won him an International Emmy and helped advance his book “American Crisis”.
He said, “He stepped into it, a little too much. It would be quite bad if it had come to the fore and he had not come out to celebrate in public, and was celebrated, to deal with the epidemic,” Aina. Jeanne Zano, a professor of political science at the college, said. “But put it aside. Nothing more serious than that. You’re talking about 15,000 deaths.”
The Cuomo administration dramatically underestimated the statewide number of COVID-19 deaths among residents with long-term care for months. It is now about 15,000, with 8,500 previously disclosed.
The new toll amounts to nearly one-seventh of the nearly 90,000 people living in nursing homes in New York by 2019, one of the most caring domestic residents in the country.
Cuomo has pointed to a small but growing body of research suggesting uncontrolled community proliferation, which is the biggest factor in nursing home outbreaks, and has said that inadequate federal government with travel restrictions, testing and protective gear Help New York City and its suburbs is particularly vulnerable.
He has dismissed the criticism as political and mentioned that thousands of nursing home residents in hospitals had always died in the state’s overall rally.
“Died in a hospital, died in a nursing home – they died,” he said on 29 January.
Zeno said the third-term Democrat may not have as much impact on the uproar as it would face the election for the first time this year. But it could make him less likely to be tapped for a position in the Biden administration.
And Cuomo – who says he will run again in 2022 – is now facing criticism that is increasingly coming from members of his own party.
“The governor’s lack of information about the administration’s nursing home actions and its administration is unacceptable,” said John Senion, one of the 14 Democratic state senators who on Friday called for Cuomo’s expanded emergency powers to be revoked as soon as possible should go.”
The high death tolls were given for only a few hours after a report by Democratic State Attorney General Letitia James late last month that was investigating the administration’s failure to include nursing home residents who died in hospitals. The updated numbers supported the findings of an Associated Press investigation last year that concluded the state could have understood the deaths of thousands.
Advocates and relatives of nursing home residents have questioned whether the virus was transmitted to the nursing home by a March 25 state directive that prevented facilities from refusing people because they had COVID-19. The purpose of the directive was to free up space in rapidly filling hospitals.
Debra Diehl, 62, who gave COVID-19 to her 85-year-old father, Reeves Hoopman, in a nursing home outside Albany in May, wants to know why Cuomo and the state did not do so to separate individual residents is? There was a virus, perhaps by putting them in area hospitals.
“Those people were coming up, sent here from the hospitals below,” Diehl said. “It just looked like typhoid marys, just spreading it further. He didn’t know what he was doing, or he didn’t care. “
In response to a Freedom of Information request from the AP in May, the state’s Department of Health released records this week that showed more than 9,000 healthy coronovirus patients in New York released from hospitals in nursing homes from March 25 to May 10 When done, Cuomo Guid instructions.
The state issued a report not allowing patients to drive transmission of the virus to nursing homes, although it was unclear whether the directive played any role.
Cuomo has stated that the facilities had the responsibility to accept only those patients they could care for. State health inspectors have revealed infection control violations in dozens of nursing homes amid the epidemic and fined at least $ 1 million.
Nevertheless, DeRosa has estimated that residents of New York nursing homes represent 40% of their lives this winter. Since December 1, there have been more than 10,000 deaths in New York.
The disclosure of Derasa’s comments this week in a conference call with Democratic lawmakers inevitably brought the months of complaints to a boiling point.
He said the state “wrong” August requests for the number of nursing home residents who died in hospitals as officials were also responding to the Justice Department’s investigation, and said that “we start to say Let’s say it was going to be used against us and we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation. “
Derasa released a statement on Friday, saying the state was slow to respond to lawmakers because it was working with the Department of Justice, and then with the resurgence and vaccination of the virus in the autumn. The governor’s office declined to comment further.
“It’s trying to whitewash the information, they gave the impression,” said Rachel May, one of 14 Democrats calling for Cuomo’s emergency powers to be rescued.
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ort said that Cuomo “needs to demand the immediate resignation of someone involved in this cover-up, and if he was aware, he should be removed from office.”
Criticism may resume as it fits with a common complaint that to the best of their ability, Cuomo’s controlled nature may reduce their effectiveness.
Cuomo rejects that idea, writing in his book: “You show me a person who is not controlling, and I will show you a person who is probably not highly successful.”
For Fordham University political scientist Christina Greer, the recently revealed “call in question: Can we trust news coming out of the governor’s office? Not just out of nursing homes, but can we make it about schools?” Can we trust it, can we trust it about prisons, can we trust it about other communities?
“It certainly casts a bad shadow on the administration,” she said.
Peltz reported from New York.
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