Cuomo faces bipartisan condemnation, calls for resignation following latest nursing home revelations
Feb 14 2021
"For months, my colleagues have been accused of playing politics when in reality, we are trying to get answers for the thousands of families who lost loved ones in nursing homes", Ortt said.
Cuomo, who has generally enjoyed unmitigated praise from the establishment media and fellow Democrats throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, is facing backlash from Democrat state senators following an admission from Melissa DeRosa, New York's secretary to the governor, who privately admitted that the administration covered up nursing home death data over fears of a federal probe under the Trump administration.
When asked if Washington was taking enough interest in the issue, Borrello stated, "There's tens of thousands, if not more people in Washington who should be able to multitask", he said.
Over 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to NY nursing homes and long-term care facilities following the Cuomo administration's controversial March 25 directive requiring the facilities to accept such patients, according to the AP.
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.
According to the Republicans, the Senate has sought to remove Cuomo's emergency powers 14 times, and each time, the state's Democrats have voted against the amendment.
The governor's office said no to a legislative request for the information in August because "right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football", she said. As I said on a call with legislators, we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked.
For Cuomo's powers to be revoked, the legislature requires at least 76 members to sign on, with 32 members in the Senate, the Daily Mail reports.
There were 6,888 hospital patients with the bug Friday, down 180 from the previous day, Gov. Cuomo said Saturday.
"It is more clear than ever who was really playing politics with this issue", he said.
"I was explaining that when we received the DOJ inquiry, we needed to temporarily set aside the Legislature's request to deal with the federal request first", DeRosa said in a statement published by Spectrum News. "The time for real action is upon us, and the governor and his staff must be held accountable". "And basically, we froze". "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.
Republicans, meanwhile, have demanded an independent investigation and committee resignations. "Right now is that you have a lot of Democrats in the NY state legislature going after him".