New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for the subpoena of Governor Andrew Cuomo over his administration’s alleged coverup of the mishandling of deaths in nursing homes across the state.
According to the New York Post, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted to concealing the true data on nursing home deaths from federal authorities. On a video call, DeRosa apologized to Democratic lawmakers, confessing “we froze” out of fear that the statistics would “be used against us.”
The Cuomo administration dismissed Senate requests for more detailed numbers from the state health department about the number of patient deaths in New York’s nursing homes.
In a press conference last month, Cuomo stated, “Who cares [if they] died in the hospital, died in a nursing home? They died.”
“It’s very troubling,” said de Blasio on the Brian Lehrer Show. The mayor added, “We’ve got to know more. We now need a full accounting of what happened. Think about seniors who—their lives were in the balance and their families just desperate to get them the help they needed. We need to know exactly what happened here. We need to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”
DeRosa’s admission of downplaying the numbers has sparked bipartisan calls for Cuomo’s prosecution.
Republican Representative Elise Stefanik vehemently stated, “This bombshell admission of a coverup and the remarks by the Secretary to the Governor indicating intent to obstruct any federal investigation is a stunning and criminal abuse of power. I have said from the beginning that this is more than a nursing home scandal, this is a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government.”
Democratic state Senator Alessandra Biaggi tweeted, “You’re only sorry that you all got caught. Because of your decisions, thousands of people died who did not have to die. We’re not ‘offended’, Melissa, we’re furious—with extremely good reason.”