New York Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is calling for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign over what she believes is a criminal coverup of COVID-19 related nursing home deaths in the state.
Stefanik wants a federal investigation into Cuomo and his senior staff over the number of nursing home deaths, which the New York Attorney General Letitia James said may have been undercounted by 50%. Stefanik explained the need for an investigation:
I want to see a federal investigation because I think there were criminal acts conducted by the governor, by his senior staff. I want a very public and transparent investigation. I think he should resign if there’s a criminal coverup, which I believe there is.
James issued a 76-page report on the coverup of the death toll. 20 facilities are being investigated for under-reporting deaths and failing to follow COVID-19 guidelines. The New York Post reported:
In a damning, 76-page report, James also said that some unidentified nursing homes apparently underreported resident fatalities to the state Department of Health and failed to enforce infection-control measures — with more than 20 currently under investigation.
Cuomo shares culpability for the nursing home slaughter in his state with his director of the Department of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker. Zucker issued the directive way back in March to put COVID-19 positive patients into the nursing homes, and over 6,300 COVID positive patients were put into nursing homes before the order was rescinded in May 2020. Complicit in Zucker’s actions, Cuomo oozed empathy and paid lip service to the danger COVID posed to the elderly. On March 29th, four days after Zucker issued the order that would lead to thousands of nursing home deaths, Cuomo warned that COVID-19 would devastate nursing home populations:
Coronavirus in a nursing home is like fire in dry grass … The only question is how many people will die?
Thanks to Cuomo’s and Zucker’s directive, almost one out of every three COVID-19 deaths occurred in the most vulnerable population of all. The official COVID death toll in New York at over 42,000, and of those, over 13,000 were nursing home fatalities.
Fittingly, Cuomo received an Internation Emmy Founders Award for his televised fictional portrayal of a leader during the coronavirus crisis. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the governor’s play-acting as good television.
The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure. People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.
Sadly, Cuomo’s leadership is not as good as his acting. Like all celebrities, Cuomo is not admired for himself but for the noble character he portrays. The real Andrew Cuomo is incompetent, and his handling of the COVID-19 crisis killed many vulnerable people and should be investigated.
As Cuomo himself said: “Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID. That’s the truth.”