On Thursday night, New York Republicans slammed Gov. Andrews Cuomo’s administration in response to new revelations about his nursing home deaths, with many calling for him to resign or be impeached.
🚨 There it is. Cuomo's aide just admitted to covering up nursing home data so federal prosecutors couldn't find it.
Time for federal investigations.
Time for prosecutions.
Time for JUSTICE. https://t.co/Rlfs0AlEDt
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 12, 2021
According to a report by the New York Post, Melissa DeRosa, a top gubernatorial staffer, admitted that their administration “froze” last August when they were asked to release data about the number of deaths among nursing home patients. DeRosa also admitted that they hid these data amid fears that it would be used against them in an investigation by the previous Trump administration’s Department of Justice.
The directive made by Cuomo asking nursing homes to admit patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had been blamed for contributing to the high rate of deaths.
DeRosa also stated that the administration resisted releasing the data because, allegedly, former President Trump attempts to turn the tragedy “into a giant political football.”
DeRosa added, “Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”
After these shocking revelations, every top Republican in the state pressed on the report by the New York Post, subjecting Cuomo to a wave of criticism, arguably unmatched at any point during his decade in office.
Gov. Cuomo’s aide just admitted that they purposely hid nursing home data from the feds.
We first reported that @NYGovCuomo’s health dept. was undercounting nursing home deaths back in May.
This is what other media orgs were doing👇
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 12, 2021
Meanwhile, Marc Molinaro Dutchess County Executive and Cuomo’s 2018 challenger said, “For over six months, day after day, in briefing after briefing, Governor Cuomo stood before New Yorkers and lied about his directive that contributed to the deaths of thousands of seniors.“
Molinaro added, “In the coming days, he will cynically try to convince us that it was for our own good — that it was someone else’s fault. This is another lie. What is true is Andrew Cuomo has proved himself unworthy of our trust, and unfit for public office.”
On the other hand, state GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said that prosecution and impeachment discussions must begin right away.
Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) also called for other members of the Congress to call for “an independent and thorough investigation by the Biden Department of Justice into Governor Cuomo and New York State.”
There is also a recent release of a report from Attorney General Tish James saying that Gov. Cuomo undercounted the number of deaths among nursing home patients.
You’re only sorry that you all got caught.
Because of your decisions, thousands of people died who did not have to die.
We’re not “offended”, Melissa, we’re furious – with extremely good reason.
— Alessandra Biaggi (@Biaggi4NY) February 12, 2021
Some Democrats who have been openly criticized Cuomo already joined Republicans in responding to the article by The New York Post. One of them is Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Westchester), who posted her sentiments on Twitter saying, “You’re only sorry that you all got caught. Because of your decisions, thousands of people died who did not have to die.”
“But who cares…. they died." –@NYGovCuomo
— Independent Women's Voice (@IWV) February 12, 2021
In response to the report of the Post, Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s adviser, made a comment to the paper and which he also subsequently wrote in a tweet. Azzopardi said, “We explained that the Trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame [Democratic] states for COVID deaths and that we were cooperating with Federal document productions and that was the priority and now that it is over we can address the state legislature.”