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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Cuomo aide admits they hid nursing home data so feds wouldn’t find out
2112 05:22 AM 02-12-2021
https://nypost.com/2021/02/11/cuomo-...ata-from-feds/

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Governor Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them “we froze” out of fear the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, The Post has learned.

The stunning admission of a cover-up was made by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders in which she said the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August because “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football,” according to an audio recording of the two-hour-plus meeting.

“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”

“And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.

“Because then 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 added: “That played a very large role into this.”

After dropping the bombshell, DeRosa asked for “a little bit of appreciation of the context” and offered what appears to be the Cuomo administration’s first apology for its handling of nursing homes amid the pandemic.

But instead of a mea culpa to the grieving family members of more than 13,000 dead seniors or the critics who say the Health Department spread COVID-19 in the care facilities with a March 25 state Health Department directive that nursing homes admit infected patients, DeRosa tried to make amends with the fellow Democrats for the political inconvenience it caused them.

So we do apologize,” she said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”

Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) immediately rejected DeRosa’s expression of remorse, according to the recording.

“I don’t have enough time today to explain all the reasons why I don’t give that any credit at all,” said Gottfried, one of the lawmakers who demanded the death-toll data in August.

State Senate Aging Committee Chairwoman Rachel May (D-Syracuse) — who was battered during her re-election bid last year over the issue of nursing-home deaths — also ripped into DeRosa, saying her former opponent had launched another broadside earlier in the day.

“And the issue for me, the biggest issue of all is feeling like I needed to defend — or at least not attack — an administration that was appearing to be covering something up,” she said.

“And in a, in a pandemic, when you want the public to trust the public-health officials, and there is this clear feeling that they’re not coming, being forthcoming with you, that is really hard and it remains difficult.”

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who took part in the call, told The Post on Thursday that DeRosa’s remarks sounded “like they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice.”

“That’s how I understand their reasoning of why they were unable to share, in real time, the data,” Kim said.

“They had to first make sure that the state was protected against federal investigation.”

Kim, whose uncle is presumed to have died of COVID-19 in a nursing home in April, also said he wasn’t satisfied with DeRosa’s apology.

“It’s not enough how contrite they are with us,” he said. “They need to show that to the public and the families — and they haven’t done that.”

In addition to stonewalling lawmakers on the the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19, Cuomo’s administration also refused requests from the news media — including The Post — and fought a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Empire Center on Public Policy.

Instead, it only disclosed data on the numbers of residents who died in their nursing homes.

But after Attorney General Letitia James last month released a damning report that estimated the deaths of nursing-home residents in hospitals would boost the grim tally by more than 50 percent, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker finally released figures showing the combined total was 12,743 as of Jan. 19.

Just a day earlier, the DOH was only publicly acknowledging 8,711 deaths in nursing homes.

In a Wednesday letter to lawmakers, Zucker said the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19 had increased to 13,297 That number jumps to 15,049 when assisted living/adult care facilities are factored in.

The controversy generated by James’ report led to an infamous news conference at which Cuomo callously dismissed the matter of where nursing home fatalities actually took place.

“Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died,” he said.

During Wednesday’s conference call, DeRosa said it appeared the DOJ was no longer focused on New York’s nursing home deaths.

“All signs point to they are not looking at this, they’ve dropped it,” she said.

“They never formally opened an investigation. They sent a letter asking a number of questions and then we satisfied those questions and it appears that they’re gone.”

In a prepared statement, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, “We explained that the Trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame democratic states for COVID deaths and that we were cooperating with Federal document productions and that was the priority and now that it is over we can address the state legislature.”

“That said, we were working simultaneously to complete the audit of information they were asking for,” he added.

The DOJ declined to comment.

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Bump 02:43 AM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by alanm:
NY has over 15,000 dead in nursing homes and play dodge ball with the facts. And when caught they "Apologize". Heads should be rolling. Now THAT'S pathetic. Can you even imagine if Cuomo were a republican. Of course since he's a dem he gets a free pass from the media. :-)
well ya he gets a free pass from the media, his brother is an anchor on CNN and the rest of the MSM are nothing more than propagandists for evil pieces of shit like Cuomo. In fact, libshits will say that this didn't happen at all because the TV isn't going to tell them about it to cover for them.
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Just Passin' By 02:52 PM 02-17-2021
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A state lawmaker from Queens says Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened that he’d be “destroyed” if he didn’t help contain the damage over Cuomo’s cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) on Wednesday said he got a phone call from the governor on Thursday night, shortly after The Post exclusively revealed how Secretary to the Governor Melissa de Rosa privately admitted that Cuomo’s administration withheld death data for fear it would be “used against us” by federal prosecutors.

“At first, there was a silence on the phone,” Kim said. “Then the governor says, `Mr. Kim, are you an honorable man?”

Kim — who said he was “in the middle of bathing my kids” — said Cuomo asked him to draft a statement “to say that Melissa de Rosa said there was a federal investigation and they had to deal with that first.”

During the conversation, Kim said, Cuomo warned him, “You have not seen my wrath. I have been biting my tongue for months.”

“I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you will be finished,” Kim recalled Cuomo saying.

“You will be destroyed.”
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Cuomo seems to be getting more desperate
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2112 02:55 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by Just Passin' By:
Cuomo seems to be getting more desperate
Andrew sounds upset. He’s gonna call in Luca brasi and the boys.
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Just Passin' By 02:59 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by 2112:
Andrew sounds upset. He’s gonna call in Luca brasi and the boys.
Well, he's got their first targets.



9 NY state assembly Democrats accuse @NYGovCuomo of obstruction, tell colleagues to put aside ‘loyalty’ https://t.co/9wJTY87rrT

— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 17, 2021

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BigRichard 02:59 PM 02-17-2021
I just saw the headline on some story about CNN wasn't going to allow the douche bag brother to interview the murdering brother anymore. Didn't go into read it but saw the headline. Maybe they shouldn't have allowed that in the first place to be impartial and what not.
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KC_Lee 03:01 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by BigRichard:
I just saw the headline on some story about CNN wasn't going to allow the douche bag brother to interview the murdering brother anymore. Didn't go into read it but saw the headline. Maybe they shouldn't have allowed that in the first place to be impartial and what not.
Better late than never to notice this might be a conflict of interest.
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2112 03:04 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by BigRichard:
I just saw the headline on some story about CNN wasn't going to allow the douche bag brother to interview the murdering brother anymore. Didn't go into read it but saw the headline. Maybe they shouldn't have allowed that in the first place to be impartial and what not.
Poor Fredo looks like an idiot again. Now that tough questions have to be asked he sticks his head in the ground.
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banyon 03:15 PM 02-17-2021
So, the people that have been saying COVID is a hoax and that Trump can't be held accountable for COVID deaths during his presidency are now saying Cuomo should be held accountable for them?
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2112 03:18 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by banyon:
So, the people that have been saying COVID is a hoax and that Trump can't be held accountable for COVID deaths during his presidency are now saying Cuomo should be held accountable for them?
No, Cuomo should be held accountable for lying and covering up the COVID deaths. Have you been reading this? These are ny Democrats calling for his head.
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banyon 03:20 PM 02-17-2021
Originally Posted by 2112:
No, Cuomo should be held accountable for lying and covering up the COVID deaths. Have you been reading this? These are ny Democrats calling for his head.
Maybe. But I'm commenting on the posters who haven't given a flying F about COVID for a year, but find this outrageous.

I don't think you are in that camp.
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KC_Lee 01:44 PM 02-18-2021
Suddenly Dr. Fauci doesn't want to comment...interdasting...


https://www.wfmz.com/news/cnn/us-nat...9802a5fa4.html
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F150 01:47 PM 02-18-2021
Originally Posted by banyon:
So, the people that have been saying COVID is a hoax and that Trump can't be held accountable for COVID deaths during his presidency are now saying Cuomo should be held accountable for them?


You are trolling.
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Marcellus 01:47 PM 02-18-2021
Originally Posted by banyon:
So, the people that have been saying COVID is a hoax and that Trump can't be held accountable for COVID deaths during his presidency are now saying Cuomo should be held accountable for them?
Epically stupid whataboutism but you do you.
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Just Passin' By 02:57 PM 02-18-2021
Originally Posted by KC_Lee:
Suddenly Dr. Fauci doesn't want to comment...interdasting...


https://www.wfmz.com/news/cnn/us-nat...9802a5fa4.html
At the rate things are going, history may one day find that the political left and political right were only able to agree on one thing in the time from 2008-2024.

And that one thing may well be that Dr. Fauci was a lying piece of shit who cared about little beyond his own personal advancement and lionization.
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banyon 03:19 PM 02-18-2021
Originally Posted by F150:
You are trolling.
Maybe, but is it too much to ask for internally consistent views? I mean either you give a f about COVID or you don’t, right?
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