Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll (New York Times)
April 28, 2021 at 11:57 PM - Views: 43 #419986
This might reinvigorate the push for impeachment in the Assembly. There’s enough votes already, but the word is that there won’t be a vote unless the vote to impeach can pass without needing any Republican votes.
Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll
Aides to the New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, repeatedly prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths in the pandemic.
The effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to obscure the pandemic death toll in New York nursing homes was far greater than previously known, with aides repeatedly overruling state health officials over a span of at least five months, according to interviews and newly unearthed documents.
Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aides engaged in a sustained effort to prevent the state’s own health officials, including the commissioner, Howard Zucker, from releasing the true death toll to the public or sharing it with state lawmakers, these interviews and documents showed.
A scientific paper, which incorporated the data, was never published. An audit of the numbers by a top Cuomo aide was finished months before it became publicly known. Two letters, drafted by the Health Department and meant for state legislators, were never sent.
The actions coincided with the period in which Mr. Cuomo was pitching and then writing a book on the pandemic, with the assistance of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, and others.
April 29, 2021 at 12:08 AM #419989
“Ethics reform, if you’re going to do something that’s real, is not a bill that the Legislature loves to pass – because the bill is about regulating them,” Davis said. “So it’s an inherently difficult process.”
And it’s Cuomo – not state legislators – facing intense scrutiny and calls for resignation.
In the state Senate, Democratic Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ staff recently began rewriting the proposed amendment, which was drafted by Davis with help from good-government groups; it’s unclear how broad the changes from Senate staff will be. In the Assembly, it’s not clear Speaker Carl E. Heastie has any desire to take up the issue.
“In the Senate, you’re seeing the kind of things that happen in preparation for the amendment actually being passed, for moving it to the floor,” Davis said. “In the Assembly, it’s more of a black box, in that you don’t really know exactly what’s going on.”
So much corruption, and a reminder that Tammany Hall was a New York City institution.
Just when it was hitting paydirt Cuomo had it shut down. It’s biggest strike was happening in his backyard.
April 29, 2021 at 1:33 AM #420010
Unless a troll army can be assembled to counter the sentiment that prevails there, it looks quite apparent that Cuomo has lost a lot of people who were giving him the benefit of the doubt.
April 29, 2021 at 3:40 AM #420029tk2kewlParticipant
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But he has nice nipples
April 29, 2021 at 6:02 PM #420109
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April 29, 2021 at 6:09 PM #420111
You’re even rivaling the President! Kamala Harris doesn’t begrudge you this fame, and stays in the shadows. 😉
April 29, 2021 at 9:55 PM #420143
It would be hard to make up a fictional story this funny. It’s like Catch-22, or Pogo.
Larry Schwartz resigns after Legislature repeals ‘Larry Schwartz Rule’
The former top aide to Cuomo had volunteered for the state to help with COVID-19
Larry Schwartz, a longtime top adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, departed the governor’s coronavirus task force this week after the Legislature repealed an order issued by Cuomo exempting volunteers like Schwartz from state ethics rules. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)
John Carl D’Annibale……………….After reports earlier this year that Schwartz, as Cuomo’s “vaccine czar” had called county executives and inquired about their “loyalty” to Cuomo, state Sen. John Liu began pushing for a bill repealing Cuomo’s ethics order.
“What does political loyalty have to do with public need for vaccine doses? These-so called volunteers can say until they’re blue in the face, ‘Oh I’m only doing this for the public interest,’ but without disclosing any other interests that they have, it’s impossible for the public to agree with those contentions,” Liu said Thursday. “While anybody in these decisions of responsibility will always claim that they are upholding the public interest, that’s nothing but talk. What’s really required is disclosure. And that’s what the laws were put in place for.”
Cuomo’s ethics exemption order was referred internally within the Legislature as “The Larry Schwartz Rule,” two sources told the Times Union.
“That reference came to being because of those news reports,” Liu said of the loyalty calls. “But my concern is not about Larry Schwartz because that’s in the public eye. My concerns are about the other so-called volunteers in significant policy and resource allocation positions of authority whose roles may have not yet come to public light.”
The Cuomo administration long ago became like the HBO show VEEP, a parody of venal politicians.
April 30, 2021 at 5:10 AM #420251
Cuomo Loses Another Key Aide as Vaccine Czar Steps Down
Larry Schwartz resigned from his volunteer post after the State Legislature amended a law that would have subjected him to a two-year ban from lobbying the state.
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