The Department of Justice, FBI, New York AG, New York Times, and Wallstreet Journal are all looking into the details of embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic. And things are not looking good for Chris Cuomo’s brother.
According to the New York Times, senior aides to the less-fit Cuomo were actively altering COVID-related nursing home death reports, which were part of a “ monthslong effort by the governor and his aides to obscure the full scope of nursing home deaths.”
It was also during a time when Cuomo was writing a book about his leadership and pandemic-era achievements.
“Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.
The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.
The extraordinary intervention, which came just as Mr. Cuomo was starting to write a book on his pandemic achievements, was the earliest act yet known in what critics have called a monthslong effort by the governor and his aides to obscure the full scope of nursing home deaths.”
Melissa DeRosa (secretary to Chis Cuomo’s older and more successful brother) reportedly told Democratic lawmakers that the Governor who customarily kisses employees as a greeting had undercounted the toll COVID was having on nursing home residents. She cited fears of a Trump-backlash as reasons for altering the data.