Saturday, 27 February, 2021


Cuomo administration 'froze' over nursing home data requests

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio makes declarations at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S De Blasio Calls For'Full Accounting For Cuomo Amid Nursing Homes COVID Death Toll Scandal REUTERS CARLO ALLEGRI
Noah Ferguson | 14 February, 2021, 23:56

According to Borrello, last March he was one of only four senators who voted against giving the governor unprecedented and sweeping authority at that time for more than a year.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday called for "full accounting" for NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo following an alleged coverup of the true numbers of the elderly who died of the coronavirus in state-run nursing homes.

Sen. Sue Serino, the ranking member of the Senate Aging Committee said that hiding the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers for political reasons is "Albany's rock bottom".

Friday, called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the actual number of nursing home deaths and if there was a coverup by Melissa DeRosa, Governor Cuomo's top aide, into that number in the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

The powers, which were initially set to expire on April 30, provide Cuomo the ability to "suspend specific provisions of any statute, local law, ordinance, or orders, rules or regulations of any agency" and circumvent normal legislative procedures.

The Senate Republicans said they have "also called on their colleagues in the Majority for months to use their subpoena power to hold the Governor and the DOH accountable, but again, the Majority sat on their hands and did nothing". "I join my colleagues in both houses of the Legislature in calling for a formal investigation", he said.

On Friday, 14 Democrat state senators released a joint statement calling for the governor's emergency powers that he was given during the pandemic to be revoked. "First, we must strip the governor of his executive powers, and then it is imperative that a full investigation be launched immediately".

"It is more clear than ever who was really playing politics with this issue", he said. "There are plenty of things going on, COVID response, economic relief, all those things need to be addressed, but I can guarantee you that there are more than enough people in the department of justice and elsewhere in Washington that can address this specific issue and it should be addressed". The New York Post reported details of the call Thursday night. 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.

"We informed the houses [of the NY legislature] of this at the time". "The governor needs to demand the immediate resignation of anyone involved in this cover-up, and if he was aware, he must be removed from office". "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.

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