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Gov. Cuomo faces bipartisan calls for accountability on nursing home death count

Andrew Cuomo Reportedly Being Investigated Over Nursing Home Scandal Report: FBI investigating Gov. Cuomo's handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes
Patty Aguilar | 18 February, 2021, 09:29

A Democratic lawmaker says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to "destroy" him during a private phone call last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. In a Wednesday announcement, Cuomo said the Federal Emergency Management Agency sites will vaccinate approximately 1,000 New Yorkers each day beginning the first week of March, and appointments will be initially reserved for members of the community in which the sites are located. "CNN has covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively", the statement added.

Kim's wife corroborated the story of the phone call, saying she had heard the governor ask Kim "Who do you think you are?" and use the words "my wrath". The governor accused Kim of being "unethical" for backing nail salon owners as lawmakers discussed safety and wage reforms of the industry in 2015. "No excuses: I accept responsibility for that", he said at a news conference.

Back in January, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a scathing report on the way that nursing homes in New York State handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers in NY from Cuomo's own party are also pushing back against the governor. Unhappy with the way the facility handled things, she and her sister founded an organization to hold nursing homes and NY state accountable for how they treated COVID-positive residents.

The hidden nursing home data, which was requested by a Department of Justice probe, came to light last week when Cuomo's top aide admitted the administration's mistake on a Zoom call with Democratic state senators, including Kim.

The full scope of the investigation is not immediately clear, but the sources said there was a particular interest in nursing homes, which have been a source of increasing frustration for Cuomo.

"While he claims he was taking time to answer the Justice Department, we saw him gallivant around on a book tour and victory lap across prime time cable shows".

He is among a growing number of bi-partisan legislators seeking an independent investigation on the suppression of nursing home death numbers.

Several lawmakers from across New York State called for action on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo following the release of a report. "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. "He attacked me", Cuomo said.

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