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              by Steve Bittenbender   Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo started 2022 much like he ended 2021, with an apparent legal victory. A lawyer for the disgraced ex-leader of the state said Monday that the Manhattan district attorney’s office ended its investigation into the Cuomo administration’s nursing home policies during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis without pressing any charges. “I was told that after a thorough investigation – as we have said all along – there was no evidence to suggest any laws were broken,” Elkan Abramowitz, former outside counsel for the executive chamber, said in a statement posted by Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi on Twitter. The news from Manhattan comes after prosecutors in Nassau and Westchester counties said in late December they would not seek charges against the former governor related to sexual harassment allegations made against him. In late March 2020, as COVID-19 cases were increasing in New York, state officials initiated a new policy requiring nursing homes to accept patients who had tested positive into their facilities. The rationale was to free up beds at...
    SACRAMENTO —  About 1 in 8 Californians who have died of COVID-19 lived in a nursing home. They were among the state’s most frail residents: nearly 9,400 mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles whom Californians entrusted to a nursing home’s care. An additional 56,275 confirmed COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents weren’t fatal. “The number of COVID infections and deaths that happened in skilled nursing facilities in California is truly appalling,” Jim Wood, a Democrat who chairs the state Assembly Health Committee, said at a recent hearing he convened on nursing homes. “I expect better from us.” The pandemic’s unrelenting spread exposed deep, systemic problems with the quality of care — or lack thereof — at nursing homes across the country. In the nation’s most populous state, the industry’s track record is spurring leaders to radically rethink how it pays and oversees them. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is drafting a proposal to tie state funding more directly to performance: Among the state’s roughly 1,200 skilled nursing facilities, those that meet new quality standards would get a larger share of state funding...
    A nursing home where almost every resident was fully vaccinated suffered a COVID-19 outbreak, though damage from the virus was limited due to the shots, a new study finds. A French research team, led by scientists from Hôpital Charles Foix in Ivry-sur-Seine, investigated a 17-case outbreak at a nursing home in Biscarrosse, France - 167 miles west of Toulouse -  from January and February 2021. The facility houses 74 seniors, of which 70 were fully vaccinated - or 95 percent of residents - and two were at least partially vaccinated. Only two of those living at the nursing home were unvaccinated, and one of them was the only person to die from the virus.  There were also only two hospitalizations out of all who contracted COVID-19. The researchers believe their investigation shows that fully vaccinated people can contract Covid, but even the elderly - who are among the most vulnerable to the virus - can recover with little complications if they are vaccinated. Seventeen cases of COVID-19 were tied to an outbreak at a nursing home in France that had fully...
    More On: andrew cuomo Top Cuomo aide emerges as enforcer, enabler in AG’s sex harass report Everyone’s deserted you, Creep Cuomo. It’s over. Just go. NY Assembly eyeing Cuomo articles of impeachment by end of August Here’s why Andrew Cuomo could still survive his sordid sexual harassment scandal Ah, the good old days. Satirical news outlet The Onion roasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a new take on his mushrooming sexual harassment scandal, cracking that he was so eager to change the conversation he was looking to pivot public attention back to the COVID-19 nursing home death imbroglio. “Cuomo Increasingly Desperate To Shift Focus Back Onto Nursing Home Deaths,” a headline blared on the website of the parody outlet on Wednesday, one day after investigators retained by state Attorney General Letitia James announced their determination that the governor sexually harassed 11 women in violation of state and federal law. The send-up featured a mock quote from “a visibly panicked Cuomo” as he showed reporters a slideshow presentation packed with damning evidence on the nursing home scandal. “Of course, I appreciate...
    More On: andrew cuomo Letters to the Editor — July 27, 2021 The clock is ticking on getting federal rent aid out to needy NYers Andrew Cuomo’s ever-escalating lies Gov. Cuomo takes victory lap despite nursing home, sex harassment probes Gov. Cuomo tried to rewrite history Monday by portraying himself as having never fudged the facts about the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating, deadly impact on New York. During a Yankee Stadium news conference at which he outlined plans to boost vaccination rates in various communities, Cuomo insisted that he’s never lied to New Yorkers on the subject of the coronavirus. “I am telling you as I sit here, I have told you the facts on COVID from Day One,” he said. “Whether they were easy, whether they were hard — I told you the truth.” But Cuomo’s version of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth hasn’t always aligned with reality:  Bodies were kept in refrigerator trucks used as temporary mosques in New York City.Paul Martinka Cuomo’s “truth”: “The Department of Justice dismissed it.” On Monday,...
    More On: andrew cuomo Haircuts now legal on Sunday in New York, as Albany repeals blue law NY state lawmakers cancel ethics hearing after rule mix-up A shocking number of NY nursing home staffers still aren’t vaccinated Cuomo delays COVID essential workers memorial in Battery Park amid fierce opposition New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has continued publicizing a much lower state COVID-19 death toll count than the numbers being presented to and displayed by the federal government, a new report revealed. The state and federal coronavirus death toll differential has even widened this year to a current reported gap of 11,000 — despite numerous investigations into the Cuomo administration for lowballing the number of nursing home COVID-19 deaths, according to a review by the Associated Press. News of New York’s undercount comes months after Florida Gov. Ron Desantis was erroneously accused of doing the same thing. As of this week, New York publicized a COVID-19 death toll of roughly 43,000, compared to the Centers for Disease Control public tally of about 54,000. The total, higher federal...
                      by Scott McClallen  The Michigan House Oversight Committee on Thursday heard opposing testimony related to whether Michigan is undercounting COVID-19 nursing home deaths. For over a year, Republicans have alleged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order to place COVID-19 infected patients into nursing homes with non-infected seniors contributed to an excess number of deaths than otherwise would have happened. In March, more than 50 lawmakers asked the federal government to investigate Whitmer’s policy. The death data from Michigan’s nursing homes could be compared to states with similar senior populations that didn’t pursue similar nursing home policy. Steve Delie, an attorney for the Mackinac Center For Public Policy, sued the Michigan Department for Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on behalf of reporter Charlie LeDuff, testified before the committee on Thursday. Delie argued the nursing home and long-term care COVID-19 death count in Michigan isn’t accurate, saying MDHHS enacted an accountability check between March 1 and June 30 of 2020, where it located 648 deaths out of a pool of 1,468 vital records deaths that could be traced back to a nursing...
    America's coronavirus nursing home crisis deepened today amid claims that Michigan's death toll could be double the official figure and that Andrew Cuomo used the Speaker to help hide New York's cover-up. Cuomo and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer have been under intense scrutiny since August when Trump said they 'issued COVID-19 orders that may have resulted in deaths of elderly nursing home residents.' New York has now acknowledged that at least 15,000 long-term care residents died, compared to a figure of 8,700 it reported as late as January - though the extent of the cover-up continues to unravel. Now it appears that Michigan may have similarly under-counted its care home death toll.   The health department has recorded more than 19,000 Covid-19 deaths, of which at least 5,600 were in care homes.  But the department relies on an 'honor system' where care homes self-report their coronavirus fatalities. Another 6,945 Covid-19 deaths are classified vaguely as 'vital records reviews' – these are totted up by health officials going through death certificates. 'This is where the problem begins,' according to Charlie LeDuff for Deadline...
                       
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his administration’s handling of the counting of COVID-19-related deaths in New York nursing homes, calling it “political” and driven by former President Donald Trump. In his latest public comment on the subject following a scathing report that found his top aides worked for months to obscure the number of virus-related deaths in nursing homes, Cuomo sought to defend his administration while explaining the confusion in the data that was publicly released. Earlier story - Report: Cuomo Aides' Effort To Keep Nursing Home Deaths Secret Greater Than Previously Known “Let’s talk some facts about what was happening with nursing homes,” Cuomo said following a COVID-19 briefing in Buffalo on Thursday, April 29. “That became highly politicized between the federal government and state governments. “I was critical of the federal government for not doing enough on COVID, and the federal government was blaming Democratic states for not handling it, so it was highly political,” he added. "We were in the middle of a presidential campaign and the president was blaming Democratic governors and pointing to nursing homes as...
    More On: andrew cuomo Feisty Cuomo mocks de Blasio’s NYC reopening plan — and then it gets personal Thanks to lefty leaders, New York celebrates all the worst vices Cuomo admin buried scientific paper on nursing home COVID deaths: report Get ready for blackouts after Cuomo foolishly killed the Indian Point plant Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his story about why he and his staffers hid New York’s nursing-home death toll from COVID-19 — and he’s sticking to it. One day after a report alleged that state officials repeatedly suppressed information about the fatalities, Cuomo claimed Thursday that “the concern for the state was that we provide accurate numbers.” “It’s not than anyone was trying to secret a number,” he said during a news conference in Buffalo, repeating an oft-used excuse. “Because it wasn’t about the number. It was about the accuracy of the number.” Cuomo also again tried to blame the admitted cover-up — which is among the subjects of a state Assembly impeachment investigation — on former President Donald Trump. Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his argument that covering...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office allegedly spent at least five months trying to prevent the true COVID-19 nursing home death toll from being made public.  Top Cuomo aides were engaged in the months-long effort where they repeatedly overruled and prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths, the New York Times reports.  The efforts included stopping the publication of a scientific paper that included the true tally. Aides also stopped health officials from sending two letters to state legislators regarding the toll, according to the Times.  Among the health officials who were allegedly stopped from releasing the true numbers was state health commissioner Dr Howard Zucker.  It was happening at a time when Cuomo was writing his since-released book about his handling of his pandemic.   Top Cuomo aides were engaged in the months-long effort where they repeatedly overruled and prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths The revelations are based on NYT interviews and newly unearthed documents, including drafts of the scientific paper and the letters that were never...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent months hiding his state's true COVID-19 nursing home death toll from the public, according to a new report. The New York Democrat's most senior aides spent five months overruling state officials, including Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who attempted to release death tallies to the public or state lawmakers, according to interviews and documents shared with the New York Times. Among the documents that were not released were a scientific paper mentioning the data and two letters drafted by the state's Department of Health addressed to state legislators, according to the report. CUOMO TO REVIEW 'LEGAL OPTIONS' IN CHALLENGING NEW YORK'S HOUSE SEAT LOSS Elkin Abramowitz, legal counsel for the governor’s office, dismissed the "brouhaha" of the report as "overblown." "There are cynical suggestions offered for the plain and simple truth that the chamber wanted only to release accurate information that they believed was totally unassailable," he said in an email to the Washington Examiner. Abramowitz said the chamber responded to the Department of Justice request with "what they deemed to be totally accurate numbers,"...
    While his administration was working to cover up the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was working toward a multi-million dollar book deal touting his success during the pandemic, according to a new report. The New York Times reported that Cuomo's work on his book last summer, which relied on assistance from his aides and staffers, overlapped the efforts by his administration to undercount virus-related deaths in New York nursing homes in a health department report. While his aides were working on covering up nursing home deaths over the summer, Cuomo shopped his book for a deal worth more than $4 million. Cuomo released "America's Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic" in October, in which he hailed himself as a hero for his handling of the virus when New York was at the epicenter of the disease’s spread. According to reports, he began writing the book in mid-June and had an early draft in mid-July. Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, said that there was "no connection" between the book...
    Virginia is second for COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes across the nation, according to AARP’s latest data. The ranking comes as cases and deaths in nursing homes fell in the four weeks ending Feb. 14. Despite the decline, new infections and deaths in nursing homes are still more than twice as high as they were last summer, AARP said. While deaths of Virginia nursing home residents are “more than a third lower than what they were in the previous time period, the state’s rate this period (1.72 deaths per 100 residents) is the second-highest in the nation,” according to an AARP news release. Click to enlarge. New infections among residents and staff also declined to less than half of previous levels during that time, with cases plunging from 14.2 to 5.4 per 100 residents, and new staff cases falling from 9.5 to 3.4 per 100 residents. The AARP said its dashboard shows staffing and shortages of personal protective equipment “remain a significant problem” in Virginia, with 16.5% of facilities reporting “a shortage of nurses or aides in the most recent...
    The FBI and Brooklyn federal prosecutors are circling closer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as they probe if he and his administration provided false data to minimize nursing home resident deaths from COVID-19, sources told The Post Friday night. Investigators have contacted lawyers for Cuomo’s aides, interviewed senior state Health Department officials and subpoenaed the governor’s office for documents relating to the alleged data coverup, the sources said. The New York Times first reported the probe earlier Friday, citing four unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation. CURRENT CUOMO AIDE ALYSSA MCGRATH ACCUSES GOVERNOR OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT  Health officials are being grilled about nursing home-related COVID-19 case and death data the state submitted last year to the Justice Department, sources told The Post. The probe, which is being overseen by the Eastern District of New York, opened with interviews of senior members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force but now is looking at Cuomo and his most senior aides as well. The state Health Department’s July report to the Justice Department had listed only the nursing home residents who died from the virus while still in...
    The FBI and Brooklyn federal prosecutors are circling closer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as they probe if he and his administration provided false data to minimize nursing home resident deaths from COVID-19, sources told The Post Friday night. Investigators have contacted lawyers for Cuomo’s aides, interviewed senior state Health Department officials and subpoenaed the governor’s office for documents relating to the alleged data coverup, the sources said. The New York Times first reported the probe earlier Friday, citing four unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation. Health officials are being grilled about nursing home-related COVID-19 case and death data the state submitted last year to the Justice Department, sources told The Post. The probe, which is being overseen by the Eastern District of New York, opened with interviews of senior members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force but now is looking at Cuomo and his most senior aides as well. Investigators have subpoenaed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office for documents relating to the alleged COVID-19 death data coverup.EPA The state Health Department’s July report to the Justice Department had listed only the...
    On Tuesday, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation sued the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) after the department refused to release data related to COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes. The Center Square reported the planned lawsuit last week. Lawmakers and reporters are asking for nursing home data Michigan won’t hand over. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted a policy of placing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes, a process similar to one enacted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo allegedly undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths. The Mackinac Center is representing Charlie LeDuff, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, who was denied state records after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request in January. In December, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard added an asterisk to its data that said they found new death numbers after a vital records search. LeDuff filed a FOIA request on Jan. 27, 2021, asking for a listing of all Michigan COVID-19 deaths during December 2020 that were identified in the vital records search. The department provided a link to the state’s website, which contained publicly released data instead of...
    Jack Davis, The Western Journal March 9, 2021 0 Comments A county prosecutor in Michigan says charges against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could be in the making related to the deaths of nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said that as of now, he has suspicions, but he needs evidence, according to WXYZ-TV in Detroit. Lucido is urging Michigan residents who lost family members who were in nursing homes at the time of their death to make a wrongful death complaint with a local police agency because privacy laws otherwise block him from acting on specific cases. “If we find there’s been willful neglect of office, if we find there’s been reckless endangerment of a person’s life by bringing them in, then we would move forward with charges against the governor. Of course, we would. Nobody’s above the law in this state,” he told WXYZ. Lucido said he will meet with police in Macomb County to instruct them on how to process and verify the information and bring it to the prosecutor’s office. As...
    In a sign of how far the New York governor’s reputation has fallen from 2020, MSNBC host Chris Hayes analogized Andrew Cuomo’s data manipulation about the impact of Covid to that of former President Donald Trump. During the Friday edition of All In, Hayes pointed to a bombshell report from Thursday. Per the New York Times, Cuomo aides intervened and made changes to a New York state health report on the Covid pandemic last summer, excising the conclusion that the state had suffered 9,000 nursing home deaths, a figure that reportedly “alarmed” the governor’s team. That comes just weeks after a Cuomo aide sent shockwaves through the state by privately admitting to New York Democratic legislators that the administration withheld data from federal government for fear the Trump White House would use it as a political cudgel. “Not only that, it happened as the governor was starting to write a book on his pandemic achievements,” Hayes pointed out about the cover-up. “The state attorney general finally got a look at the real numbers. She concluded in the report that coronavirus resident deaths associated with nursing homes New York state...
    A Queens lawmaker is calling on state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office alleged cover-up of the accurate count of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus. “I’m very troubled by this development,” Democratic state Sen. Joe Addabbo told The Post Friday. “The attorney general should conduct a full and complete investigation of what happened here with the nursing homes.” James previously issued a scathing investigative report of nursing homes that concluded the Cuomo administration low-balled the number of COVID-19 nursing home resident deaths by 50 percent — by excluding those who died in hospitals. Hours later, chastened state officials started released more complete data that increased the death tally by thousands. Addabbo was referring to published accounts of the Cuomo administration’s admission of scrubbing a higher death count of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 from a final report issued by the state Health Department last July. New York State Attorney General Letitia James previously issued a scathing investigative report of nursing homes that concluded the Cuomo administration low-balled the number of COVID-19 nursing...
    Andrew Cuomo has denied his aides altered the data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths on the same day the New York State Senate voted to strip the governor of his emergency powers. The embattled governor's Special Counsel Beth Garvey released a statement Friday hitting back at a bombshell report that Cuomo's office asked the state health department to change its definition of COVID-19 nursing home deaths back in July in order to mask the true extent of the crisis. Garvey insisted none of the state's COVID Taskforce members 'changed any of the fatality numbers or 'altered' the fatality data' and claimed it had been public knowledge that deaths in hospitals were being counted separately to deaths inside the facilities. The defense came amid a rocky day for the governor as state lawmakers voted to repeal his emergency powers and more staffers quit amid the escalating sexual harassment and nursing home storms.  The New York State Senate passed a bill Friday to rescind the expanded emergency executive powers which were handed to Cuomo to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The vote has now gone...
    A member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force on Friday denied any role in changing a Department of Health report to cover up the state’s true nursing home death toll from the coronavirus. The assertion by SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras appeared to place blame for the undercount on officials including Cuomo’s embattled top aide, Melissa DeRosa, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Linda Lacewell, superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services. Malatras and the other three were all identified by the Wall Street Journal as being among the Cuomo advisers who reviewed and requested changes to the July 6 report, which upon release said that 6,432 nursing-home residents had died of COVID-19. The initial version put the death count at nearly 10,000, a source with knowledge of how the report was prepared told the Journal. The report also concluded that the DOH’s controversial, March 25 directive for nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients wasn’t likely responsible for spreading infections among vulnerable residents and instead pointed the finger at asymptomatic workers and visitors. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said he did...
    Since the start of the pandemic in the U.S., COVID-19 cases and deaths have been severely underreported nationwide. State officials have repeatedly been found to underreport cases in attempts to downplay the severity of the virus’s condition in their state. New York, the state that was the first to be severely impacted by COVID-19, has consistently been questioned for reporting significantly lower COVID-19 deaths than official numbers indicate. Following the release of a report in January by New York’s attorney general, accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by thousands led to investigations into the state’s death count. Weeks later, senior aides to Cuomo then admitted that they rewrote reports to conceal the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes that were counted by state health officials, The New York Times reported. By June of 2020, more than 9,000 nursing home residents had been killed by the virus, a number that had not been released or made public because top aides had written it out. By lowering the count Cuomo’s response to the pandemic...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducts a news conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call | Getty Images New York state lawmakers on Friday began debate over a move to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of emergency powers he invoked last year to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The effort came as the Democratic governor dealt with two major scandals: a cover-up of Covid nursing home death data by Cuomo's administration, and accusations by three women that he sexually harassed them. NBC New York reported earlier this week that the Democratic leaders of the state Senate and Assembly had reached a deal to revoke Cuomo's emergency powers, which would allow issues like Covid lockdowns to be determined by local authorities. The bill could pass as soon as today. Cuomo has suggested he is willing to sign it. Cuomo has issued nearly 100 orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to debate in the Senate on Friday morning. Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island, on Friday complained that the bill would not prevent from Cuomo from acting unilaterally...
    Washington (CNN)Some top aides for New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly rewrote a June nursing home report from state health officials to hide the higher Covid-19 death toll among the state's nursing home residents, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night.In its reporting, the New York Times cites documents and interviews with six people with direct knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity. Both the Times and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that some of Cuomo's senior aides were involved in rewriting the report to lower the death toll in nursing homes, cutting it by nearly half.The controversy stems from a report last summer from the state's health department focusing on Covid deaths in long-term care facilities.NY Attorney General Letitia James takes charge of Andrew Cuomo probe The original report -- which was not public at the time -- listed the number of nursing home deaths at nearly 10,000, according to the Journal. But it was later revealed in a state attorney general investigation that the state was not counting nursing home deaths if...
    Andrew Cuomo's aides asked the state health department to change its definition of COVID nursing home deaths, it has been claimed, in a bid to reduce the total and lessen the criticism of the embattled New York governor. On Thursday night The Wall Street Journal reported that Cuomo's team sought the changes in July. The bombshell report comes hours after one of three women accusing Cuomo of sexual assault spoke out on television for the first time, adding to his horrendous week. On Friday the state assembly will vote on whether to revoke Cuomo's emergency powers, two months early. The additional authority was approved in the early days of the pandemic last year, and designed to give Cuomo sweeping powers to rapidly change laws, in the midst of the public health emergency. Calls have been growing for some time for the powers to be removed. On Thursday, sources told the paper claimed that Cuomo's aides' efforts significantly reduced the tally of nursing home COVID deaths. Cuomo, pictured with his aide Melissa DeRosa, is accused of undercounting the death toll...
    More On: andrew cuomo Upstate GOP pol mulling gov run likens Cuomo scandal to Anthony Weiner’s State Senate’s top Dem says one more accuser and Cuomo’s done Anti-Cuomo Johnny-come-latelies and other commentary ‘Cuomo did it’: Majority believe Gov. sexually harassed aides after ‘apology’ Top advisers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed state health officials to omit from a public report the number of nursing home residents who died in hospitals from COVID-19, it was revealed on Thursday night. Instead, the July state Health Department report listed only the nursing home residents who died from the virus at their facilities, far undercounting the total death toll of the state’s vulnerable population, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The revelation further confirms the Cuomo administration possessed a more complete accounting of the COVID-nursing death count during the summer, but waited eight more months to cough up the true totals after repeatedly stiff-arming lawmakers and the media. Last month, The Post exclusively reported that one of Cuomo’s top aides, Melissa DeRosa, admitted to lawmakers the administration hid data on nursing home deaths from...
    Michigan investigative journalist Charlie LeDuff told Fox News on Thursday he is suing the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, after trying for months to get straight answers and statistics detailing the coronavirus-related death toll in nursing homes. LeDuff told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that his request is "nonpartisan" and should be a simple process of checking a tabulation. "You can't get them. I've been asking for months," he said. "What we want to know [is] what we know from the virus, [that] it kills the institutionalized elderly. That's who it took out. I want to know exactly what has happened." REPORTER CHARLIE LEDUFF TO SUE MICHIGAN GOV. WHITMER OVER NURSING HOME CORONAVIRUS DATA "[New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo institutes this [nursing home policy] in March. He issues blanket liability to the nursing homes. Whitmer follows two days later and does the same thing. Cuomo is keeping statistics and getting called out in New York. So by May, he ends the practice. "Whitmer doubles down in May and we're still doing it to this day." LeDuff claims Michigan didn't keep track of COVID counts in state-regulated nursing homes until June, and didn't formally begin tabulating deaths until July. In December, the...
    Samuel Arbeeny had been a loving grandfather to three grandsons and a cool older brother to his five siblings before succumbing to COVID-19 last April, according to his daughter, Danielle Messina.  To Messina, the 70-year-old man, who she described as a big teddy bear, was much more.  "He was always my protector, my hero, my first true love, daddy's little girl," she told Fox News.  Samuel Arbeeny with his grandson, Anthony. (Danielle Messina) It was also her last living parent after losing her mom to cancer the day after her wedding, roughly 19 years ago.   DAUGHTER MOURNS MOM WHO DIED IN LONG ISLAND NURSING HOME: 'IT WAS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER' Arbeeny was one of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents who died in the wake of the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive that barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. It was intended to free up space in hospitals swamped in the early days of the pandemic. After the order was put into effect, however, more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York State were released from hospitals...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY Less than half of FDNY has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 Why some NYC movie theaters say they can’t reopen on March 5 Food critics who rip NYC indoor dining are sabotaging their own industry NY COVID vaccine rollout so bad people are finding appointments for strangers State health officials refuse to say if they’re investigating a Long Island nursing home that reported just four COVID-19 deaths, although many more people died there during the height of the pandemic. The Post revealed that 35 people died from all causes at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at South Point in Island Park in the three-month period between March 1 and May 31, 2020, compared to just three in the same period a year earlier. The DOH had told The Post it was “reviewing all data received,” but would not comment on whether it was specifically probing this nursing home for undercounting deaths. The Cuomo administration has been wrapped up in a scandal about the accuracy of nursing home death counts that started last month when...
    A grieving trio of siblings who lost their mother to COVID-19 called out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a "bully" Monday and demanded answers about his decision-making that led to the ongoing nursing home scandal. Phil Minissale told "America Reports" that Cuomo must be "held accountable for what he did." He added that the Democrat "blames everybody else, but himself." "That’s what a bully does and we’re just not happy with the whole situation," Minissale added.  "Every news conference comes on, we know it’s just a fabrication, and this has got to stop so we’re calling for an investigation." Minissale said he is aware that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn have reportedly begun an investigation into how Cuomo’s administration handled the state’s nursing home crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, but is also calling for a nonpartisan investigation by the state legislature. VideoThe current investigation is not yet far along and is focused on top members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force, the Albany Times-Union reported, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Neither Cuomo nor any administration official has at this point been accused of any wrongdoing. When asked about...
    C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal February 22, 2021 0 Comments Brian Stelter’s CNN show, “Reliable Sources,” hasn’t covered the scandal regarding New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home death toll. On Sunday, however, Stelter’s show broke its silence and had a PolitiFact fact-checker on to make it clear how responsible Cuomo is for sending thousands of sick patients back into facilities to free up more beds: Well, you know, it’s a complicated topic, but it could have been the employees who brought COVID-19 in. Those reliable sources, holding Cuomo’s feet to the fire. Angie Drobnic Holan, editor in chief of the Poynter Institute-affiliated fact-checking organization, appeared on Stelter’s show to talk about various fact-checking-related items. One of them? Cuomo’s claim that he “should have been more aggressive against COVID death misinformation,” according to Stelter, who said the governor was “kind of blaming the media for the newfound scrutiny about nursing home deaths.” The governor’s claim is essentially the same as, when one says something cretinous, apologizing by saying, “I’m sorry you didn’t understand what I was saying.”...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY New York’s COVID-19 cases hit post-holiday low Government memo crushes Cuomo’s defense in nursing home cover-up When it comes to nursing homes, Andrew Cuomo is no Nelson Rockefeller ‘We have to make the changes’: Cuomo proposes his own nursing-home reform package As COVID-19 ravaged nursing homes, killing thousands of elderly residents, state tallies showed one Long Island home experienced something of a miracle — just a single death. Even when the Cuomo Administration, under court order, this month released more complete data to include nursing home residents who died in hospitals, the tally for the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at South Point rose by just three. But a resident of the Nassau County home claims that even four deaths is baloney, insisting two or three residents died each day at the height of the pandemic — making for so many victims, the facility’s beauty parlor was turned into a makeshift morgue. “The people just disappeared,” said Jeffrey Fischler, 51, who has been at the 185-bed home for two years. He said his roommate died...
    (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he should have been more "aggressive" in calling out reporters and politicians for "lying" about his handling of Covid-19 deaths among long-term care residents. Cuomo, who's been accused of covering up the true scope of the death toll among the vulnerable population, said during a news conference Friday that he didn't combat the "misinformation" about the situation enough and it hurt New Yorkers who lost loved ones. Cuomo admits error but defends delaying release of data on Covid-19 deaths at long-term care facilities "I did not aggressively enough -- we did not aggressively enough, take on the misinformation that caused people pain and, of course, pain for grieving families and that's what I regret, I'm not going to make that mistake again. If you're lying to the people of the State of New York, I'm going to call it out. If you are lying in a report, I'm going to call it out. If you're lying in a newspaper because you have your own partisan agenda, I'm going to call it out,"...
    CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been mocked online for tweeting advice about leadership as his own brother, the governor of New York, is facing calls to resign for failing his state. Chris Cuomo responded to the story of the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, who accused his snowed-in residents of being 'lazy'. The mayor told them to 'get off your a**' instead of seeking help from the local government. The 50-year-old tweeted a link to the story, commenting: 'Resign or apologize and learn and become a better leader?' Andrew Cuomo (left) is being investigated by the FBI while brother Chris tweets on leadership At least 13,000 nursing home residents are now known to have died of COVID-19 in New York RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'That's classic Andrew Cuomo': Bill de Blasio puts boot into... CNN says Chris Cuomo is now banned from interviewing his... Share this article Share His comments sparked hilarity and anger, in light of the scandal engulfing his own brother. Andrew Cuomo,...
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz and eight other Republican lawmakers on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee have urged Chairman Dick Durbin to open an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s growing nursing home death scandal. In a letter sent Wednesday evening, lawmakers asked Durbin (D-Il.) to immediately schedule hearings into the conduct of the Cuomo administration, which is being rocked by allegations it deliberately withheld the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes from federal prosecutions. “The American people deserve to know the extent to which Governor Cuomo and his senior staff violated the civil rights of New York seniors, lied to the Department of Justice about their actions, and violated federal civil and criminal laws in the process,” the lawmakers wrote. “That so many people needlessly lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration — an administration that many have lauded over the past year — is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting.” Cruz (R-Texas) was joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom...
    The FBI and US Attorney's office are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the nursing home death scandal, according to reports Wednesday.  Democrat Cuomo is under fire amid claims he purposely under-reported the COVID-19 death toll.    The investigation - first reported by The Times Union - is said to be in its early stages.   It is said to be focusing on Cuomo's coronavirus task force. The FBI and US Attorney's office are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the nursing home death scandal, according to reports Wednesday Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said of the federal probe: 'As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months. We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to.'  The order, which Cuomo said followed expert guidelines at the time, stated that COVID-19 patients could be sent back from hospitals to nursing homes, as it was believed then that they were not infectious anymore. Families claimed it added to the number of deaths, yet Cuomo claimed on Monday that 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19...
    Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes, labeling him ‘disgusting’, ‘ghoulish’ and calling for him to resign. McCain’s scolding comments came as part of a lengthy monologue on The View Wednesday, in which the show’s panel were discussing accusations that Cuomo purposely under-reported the coronavirus death toll in New York's nursing homes. While Cuomo has denied the claims, discrediting them as a ‘conspiracy theory’, McCain insisted he should resign after months of ‘completely and utterly ghoulish’ behavior amid the pandemic. ‘He is disgusting,’ McCain thundered. ‘I think there should be a criminal investigation and I think he should step down.’ Scroll down for video  Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes and called for him to resign. Cuomo (right), meanwhile, has denied he's responsible for the deaths CUOMO ADMITS ¿MISTAKE¿ IN NURSING HOME DEATHS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo was praised for the way he led New York in the early days of the pandemic, but he¿s now defending himself against allegations...
    New Yorkers have given Governor Andrew Cuomo a negative rating on COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes after allegations emerged that his administration had been hiding the true number of fatalities. According to a survey published by Siena College Research Institute on Tuesday, 55 percent of New Yorkers disapprove of Cuomo's performance in making public data about COVID deaths of nursing home patients. A further 39 percent said they approved, and the remainder had no opinion. The governor's approval rating also dropped by two percent in the last month to 61 percent.    It comes as GOP New York City councilman Joe Borelli has claimed that Cuomo would be doing the state a 'favor by resigning or announcing that he won't seek re-election'. The survey had questioned 804 New York State registered voters between February 7 and February 11 and was cut off before the most recent round of news coverage on Cuomo and nursing homes.  New Yorkers have given Governor Andrew Cuomo a negative rating on COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes, according to a survey...
    Reuters February 16, 2021 0 Comments New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged on Monday that his office should not have withheld data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, the public and press – falling short of an apology a senior aide made to lawmakers last week. Cuomo said at a press conference that “lessons were learned’ in not releasing the data and that things “should have been done differently.” “The last thing I wanted to do was aggravate a terrible situation,” said Cuomo, a third-term Democrat. “There were people’s requests, press requests that were not answered in a timely manner.” More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths. The numbers, while accounted for in the full state death totals to the state, were not ascribed to nursing homes for residents who died in hospitals rather than within the facilities. Requests from state lawmakers and the U.S. Department of Justice were made in August for...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remained defiant and unapologetic on Monday as he claimed that the 'toxic political environment' is to blame for the backlash he has received over COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes. Cuomo slammed 'conspiracy theories' around the scandal as he stated in a press conference that his March order on nursing homes was the subject of 'distortion' and not responsible for bringing coronavirus – and more deaths – into long-term care facilities. The order, which he said followed expert guidelines at the time, stated that COVID-19 patients could be send back from hospitals to nursing homes, as it was believed then that they were not infectious. The governor came under fire after families claimed it added to the number of deaths, yet he said on Monday that 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19 in the building before the sick patients were sent back there - and that he was not responsible. He also claimed that it is a 'crime' for the state legislature to try to revoke his pandemic emergency powers over...
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the federal government and the nursing homes for the coronavirus death toll in his state. Cuomo suggested during a Monday press conference that he had been following federal guidance when he ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients once they had been discharged from hospitals. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Chris Cuomo Asks If People Can Trust Data From Florida’s Governor) WATCH: Cuomo began by saying that many of the nursing homes already had documented cases of COVID-19 before any patients came in from hospitals. “Fact. Of the 613 nursing homes, we have 613 nursing homes in the state, 365 received a person from a hospital. Of the 365 that received a person from this March 25th guidance, which was then superseded in May, 98% of those 365 already had COVID in their facility. COVID did not get into the nursing homes by people coming from hospitals,” he said. Cuomo went on to blame staffers and visitors, saying that he had initially followed the available science that suggested the virus could only be spread...
    Andrew Cuomo's top aide admitted that New York's laws around nursing homes are too lenient, as she sought to fend off criticism of the governor's handling of a scandal surrounding deaths from COVID-19 in the care facilities. Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, unleashed a political firestorm when she admitted, in a call to state Democrats last week, that the administration had deliberately dragged their heels on releasing data. State Democrats sought information on deaths from COVID among nursing home residents. DeRosa, in the call obtained by The New York Post and released on Thursday, confessed that they 'froze' when asked for the information, because they were concerned the Justice Department may be gunning for them. Melissa DeRosa, Governor Andrew Cuomo's top aide, spoke candidly on the call last week DeRosa, pictured with Cuomo in January 2017, said laws on nursing homes were insufficient Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss COVID relief Left to right: Cuomo, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham of...
    George Pataki, the former Governor of New York, has said the state should look at creating laws to recall Andrew Cuomo after his administration has been accused of hiding the true number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Cuomo has been rocked after top aide Melissa DeRosa confessed on Thursday that that the administration deliberately hid data on nursing home COVID deaths in the midst of a Justice Department investigation into their handling of the pandemic. In recent weeks, a court order and state attorney general report has forced the state to acknowledge the nursing home resident death toll is nearly 15,000, when it previously reported 8,500 — a number that excluded residents who died after being taken to hospitals. Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have since turned on Cuomo over the recent revelations.  Currently, New York does not have a procedure to allow for the recall of an elected official and creating one would require a constitutional amendment bill passed in successive years. Former New York Governor George Pataki, pictured, has said the...
    Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, appeared sheepish on Friday as he and other governors joined Joe Biden in the Oval Office to discuss COVID relief, amid mounting calls for Cuomo to be prosecuted. Cuomo's administration has been rocked by the confession on Thursday of his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, that they deliberately hid data on nursing home COVID deaths, in the midst of a Justice Department investigation into their handling of the pandemic.  Cuomo on Friday did not take questions about the growing scandal. The New Yorker, who heads the National Governor's Association, instead praised the president in a statement released after the Oval Office meeting, saying Biden and his team 'made clear that they recognize and appreciate how critical this targeted relief is for our ability to recover from this pandemic.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say on Friday whether Biden has lost confidence in Cuomo given the growing criticism. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss COVID relief The only public event on...
    New York’s number of nurse deaths from COVID-19 has skyrocketed after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration released additional data after the state Supreme Court ordered its release following a Freedom of Information Act request. (FOIL). The new disclosure, published on February 10, was prompted by a FOIL request from the Empire Center, a think tank. « Those revelations increased the known death toll from around 9,000 to nearly 15,000, making it clear that the toll from the pandemic in long-term care residents was far worse than what the Cuomo administration previously described, » he said. the Empire Center in a statement. The data shows there were 6,344 confirmed and 2,981 suspected COVID-19 deaths at the facility and another 4,775 confirmed deaths off-site. The number of COVID-19 deaths associated with New York’s long-term care facilities is higher, the Empire Center said, as the data does not include about 600 presumed COVID-19 deaths off-site. It comes amid reports that, during a video conference, Cuomo’s top aide allegedly apologized to Democratic state lawmakers for withholding the state’s number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, according...
    Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, attempted to walk back an earlier admission that the state withheld COVID-19 nursing home death data on purpose, insisting Friday that the governor's office was "comprehensive and transparent" in responding to records requests from the Trump administration's Justice Department.  On a phone call with New York's Democratic lawmakers on Thursday, DeRosa reportedly said that Cuomo's administration feared the data about COVID-19 deaths could "be used against us" by the Justice Department in the midst of its federal probe initiated against four states regarding nursing home deaths, including New York. NY REP. TOM REED WILL FILE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST CUOMO AIDE FOR ALLEGED COVID-19 NURSING HOME COVER-UP "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," DeRosa told the lawmakers, according to the New York Post, which first reported the information. But on Friday, DeRosa sought to clarify...
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