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Representative Tom Reed called for Melissa DeRosa's arrest over a "pause" on COVID-19 reporting, calling her a "criminal actor."On a Wednesday conference call with Democrats, Cuomo's aide Melissa DeRosa said the administration withheld information about nursing home deaths because it wasn't sure if then-President Donald Trump would use the information against it. The comment prompted calls for Cuomo to be removed from office, stripped of some power and even prosecuted.
Democratic New York City mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of "finger-pointing" during press conferences while criticizing his handling of nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday.
"New York City is the greatest city in the world but our people are struggling and need help - not insults hurled our way in front of a national audience," Wiley said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. "The Governor has had ten years to work on the issues he tried to call New York City out on today and nothing gets solved by finger-pointing at press conferences. New Yorkers just deserve better than this."
New York should have released care home death data faster: Cuomo
New York governor is under fire for his administration’s handling of data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.In a news conference on Monday, Andrew Cuomo said he took “total responsibility” for creating an information “void” that contributed to confusion and misinformation.
Cuomo has been under heavy bipartisan fire after his administration admitted underreporting nursing home deaths last year, while claiming that accurately reporting the data would have made them susceptible to unfair treatment from the GOP-controlled federal government. The controversy escalated after Cuomo denounced Ron Kim, a Democratic state Assembly member from Queens who has been critical of the governor, during a Wednesday press conference while further lashing out in a defense of his actions during a Friday briefing.
"We need to focus on the issue at hand: getting to the bottom of what happened in New York's nursing homes so that our seniors and care workers get the answers and accountability that they deserve," Wiley said. "No amount of distractions or bravado at press conferences should take our focus away from what needs to be our top priority right now, which is working hard for the people of New York who need our leaders to rise to meet this moment."
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Refers to Andrew Cuomo as a Bully When Asked About Nursing Home Scandal
The mayor says in interview that "a lot of people" in New York state have received angry phone calls from the governor.Cuomo's "bullying" is "nothing new," de Blasio said to anchor Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning. Brzezinski asked de Blasio to corroborate a reported phone call in which Cuomo called state Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens and yelled at him about a comment Kim made to the New York Post regarding a recent revelation his administration concealed data on COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes.
Cuomo accused his critics of boosting "conspiracy theories" and insisted that his administration had "saved tens of thousands of lives" during Friday's briefing, which was held as a growing list of Democrats joined Republicans to back investigations into his actions. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced support for the investigations during Cuomo's briefing, saying in a statement that "the public deserve answers."
Investigations by the Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI are currently underway. Republican state lawmakers also hope to impeach Cuomo, an effort that would normally seem very unlikely to succeed with a Democratic governor and a state legislature that is heavily dominated by Democrats.
"I want to set the record straight on nursing homes for a number of reasons, primarily for the families of nursing home deaths," Cuomo said on Friday. "We created a void by not producing enough public information fast enough. People wanted information, we did not produce public information fast enough. That creates a void."
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The embattled governor, played by Pete Davidson, was asked to apologize for his administration's handling of nursing home data in a sketch.In the cold open, Britney Spears, portrayed by Chloe Fineman, host a show called Oops... You Did It Again, where scandal-hit public figures were given the opportunity to apologize.
Video: New York Democrat lawmaker alleges threatening phone call from Cuomo (FOX News)
"What happens in a void, especially today in this environment - in this toxic political environment?" continued Cuomo. "Something fills the void and conspiracy theories and politics and rumors fill the void. You can't allow inaccurate information to go unanswered."
Wiley, a former lawyer for current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and MSNBC legal analyst, was endorsed by the city's largest labor union on Friday, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union.
She is one of more than a dozen candidates hoping to replace de Blasio, who is not running for reelection due to term limits, with other prominent candidates including former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
Newsweek reached out to Cuomo's office for comment.
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AOC Says Andrew Cuomo Impeachment Shouldn't Be Ruled Out .
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has faced allegations of sexual assault, bullying, and hiding the true number of COVID-related deaths in state care homes. Over the weekend, a second former aide of Cuomo's came forward with accusations that he sexually harassed her.Charlotte Bennett, a health policy adviser to Cuomo until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last year. Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, has also accused the governor of sexual harassment.On his talk show, Hasan asked Ocasio-Cortez at what point does Cuomo's behaviour become "untenable.