Coronavirus Governor Cuomo Investigation New York Nursing Home Cover-Up

FBI Investigating Governor Cuomo Alleged Nursing Home Cover-up

In the early days of the Coronavirus “pandemic”, Governor Cuomo was hailed by Democrats, the mainstream media and even members of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as a “savior”, a “legend” and a “hero from the political class”. In 2020 Cuomo was awarded the Academy’s prestigious “Founder’s Award”, an honor bestowed upon an individual or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity”.

CNN labeled his daily lunch-hour COVID-19 briefings as “must-see television”. They echoed praises of the Governor, even labeling him a potential “presidential contender” because of his “leadership style that can work very well during a crisis”.

The leftist networks and journalists portrayed a very stark contrast between Cuomo and former President Donald Trump. Despite the 2 men both originating from Queens, their commonalities died there. In their opinion, Trump “didn’t take responsibility” for issues stemming from the virus.

But not Cuomo. He took responsibility for everything, including the lockdowns. “If someone is unhappy, if somebody wants to blame someone, or complain about someone, blame me,” he stated. “There is no one else who is responsible for this decision.”

The leftist media ragged on Trump, but they repeatedly echoed Cuomo’s title as the “King of New York” due to his honorable handling of the virus. He wasn’t just a New York Governor anymore, he was their “savior”.

Feminist democratic author Rebecca Fishbein of Jezebel penned an article titled “Help, I Think I’m In Love With Andrew Cuomo???” In the piece, she tells us Governor Cuomo is more than her governor, he is her “Dear Leader”. With Cuomo in charge, Fishbein knows she is “being kept safe” because he “really cares!”

“I feel comforted. I feel alive. I feel protected. I feel… butterflies”, says Fishstein in her 2020 springtime love-letter. “As I sit alone in my apartment on the couch one of my roommates left behind, wondering when I can escape, if I’m already sick, if anyone will ever hug me again, if my 74-year-old father will survive this, only one thing is certain. Andrew Cuomo, Dear Leader, will take care of me. He loves me. He is the only one who is here for me. He will help me get through this.”

Bye-bye Batman, there is a new superhero in Gotham City.

In October 2020, Cuomo told the New Yorker that former President Donald Trump was exposed for essentially lying about the seriousness of COVID-19 . “The lies are exposed. The incompetence is exposed. It’s like low tide in the ocean. Now the whole shoreline is exposed. There’s no question as to what was under the water”.

Cuomo declared on an interview with The View that Trump was “responsible for every death in this country” because his administration “lied”. But not Cuomo. He didn’t lie. He didn’t minimize the death toll. And he definitely didn’t create a bill on March 25 2020 that allowed COVID a chance to creep into nursing homes. Would the Dear Leader ever do something so horrific? I’ll answer that for you: no, he wouldn’t.

Cuomo even personally debunked the so-called “false accusations” surrounding a bill he supposedly issued requiring nursing homes to accept COVID positive residents into their facilities.

“The way the law works is no nursing home in New York can accept a patient if they don’t believe they can care for that patient adequately and if they can do it within the safety of their facilities, so the conspiracy they’re trying to spread has no factual basis,” Cuomo claimed.

But the so-called “conspiracy theories” did have factual basis. They were real, and Cuomo knew that. He is the one who signed the emergency bill last year.

On March 25 2020, the New York Governor issued an order declaring that no nursing home could decline admission to a resident based on a positive COVID diagnosis. The order has since been removed from Cuomo’s site. A copy of it was, however, saved in it’s original state thanks to internet archive “WayBack Machine”. The bill states: “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”

Nursing homes could not decline residents admission to their facility based on confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, nor could they request them to receive testing for the virus prior to allowing them inside.

New York hospitals and nursing homes were granted immunity from any future potential civil and criminal liability stemming from the Governor’s handling of COVID: “The bill grants qualified immunity to hospitals, nursing homes, administrators, board members, physicians, nurses, and many other providers from civil and criminal liability arising from decisions, acts, and omissions occurring from the beginning of the Governor’s emergency declaration on March 7 through its expiration, and covers liability stemming from the care of individuals with and without COVID-19″.

An eerily-empty New York City

Fast forward almost 1 year and Governor Cuomo is now being investigated by the FBI for the alleged “nursing home cover-up” that occurred under his watch last year.

The first issue is the actual March 25 order which was revoked in May by the Governor himself.

Within a short time, the bill created chaos across the state, as infected elderly residents were allowed into the same facility that housed healthy individuals. Because elderly are one of the most at-risk groups for the virus, this controversial order is potentially related to the overall large number of deaths in nursing homes.

On January 28, New York Attorney General Leticia James issued a 76-page report discussing her offices’ “preliminary investigations of allegations of COVID-19-related neglect of nursing home residents across New York state and health data maintained as a matter of law by nursing homes and the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

“As the pandemic and our investigations continue,” James wrote, “it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate.”

“While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.

The AG’s offices’ preliminary findings conclude the New York DOH reported a much smaller number of nursing home deaths than the reality, which could be up to 50% higher. It also revealed a “lack of compliance with infection control protocols” which put residents at an increased risk of COVID in some facilities. The report calls attention to the controversial and unnecessary March 25 bill requiring nursing homes to accept COVID infected residents, declaring it put the elderly at an “increased risk of harm”.

Since the release of AG James’ January report, Cuomo has essentially put the blame on everyone but himself for the high nursing home death toll, a plot twist from last year when he was praised by himself and the leftist media for his accountability of issues stemming from the pandemic.

But when it rains in New York, it also pours. Just when the Governor’s office was dealing with the blowback stemming from the January report’s findings of their cover-up, they were hit with a second controversy; one that revealed to the public why they did it.

A February 10 recorded zoom call between a small group of Democratic lawmakers and Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa uncovered a second scandal: the number of deceased elderly from COVID was purposely minimized by the Governor’s office.

Cuomo with top aide DeRosa (May 2020)

On the call, DeRosa exposed that New York nursing home death numbers were largely downplayed due to fear that former President Donald Trump would use the information as a “giant political football” against them. When the U.S. Department of Justice asked Cuomo and staff to turn in data they “basically froze”. So not only did the Governor’s office enforce a bill that contributed to the high nursing home death toll, they also purposely hid the real numbers because they knew it would make them look bad.

Ambulance outside Cobble Hill Medical Center, Brooklyn NY (April 2020)

On Monday the New York Governor accused nursing home staff of being spreaders, stating that “COVID did not get into the nursing homes by people coming from hospitals, COVID got into the nursing homes by staff walking into the nursing homes”.

He also said that family entering the facility were a potential carrier. “COVID may have been brought into nursing homes because visitors brought it in and didn’t know they were contagious because the guidance was you could only be contagious if you had symptoms”, declared Cuomo. However in nursing homes, visitation was not allowed in any circumstances throughout much of the pandemics early days. The AG’s January report details within it’s preliminary findings a lack of compliance with an executive order allowing nursing home residents to have proper communication with family members causing them “avoidable pain and distress”.

Cuomo accused the New York Post of “spreading conspiracy theories” and said the CDC was at fault because “the state Department of Health followed federal guidance”. He followed the statement with: “so if you think there was a mistake, then go talk to the federal government”.

Now, senior officials familiar with the probe, state that the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are in the first stages of investigating Governor Cuomo’s coronavirus task force and have issued subpoenas. The FBI has been looking into the situation for months according to Cuomo’s Senior Adviser, Rick Azzopardi.

The Department of Health states that the current New York COVID death toll is 15,049, a massive increase from the earlier reported 9,154. The DOH initially counted residents who died on nursing home property, without accounting for those who later died in hospitals.

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