By: Konrad Holden
According to a new document from the New York State Assembly, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo personally edited the report which falsely reported the deaths of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. The document says that Cuomo ordered the misleading report to be made and edited and reviewed the document personally on multiple occasions. The edits were made to strengthen and defend his March 25th directive which required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients.
In March of 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo spearheaded New York’s COVID-19 policy. Not only did he oversee one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls, but he even signed a $5.2 million book deal detailing his “success” later that year.
Fast forward to 2021 and Cuomo stepped down amidst allegations of sexual harassment during his time in office.
And now, the New York State Assembly is accusing Cuomo of personally editing a Department of Health document which falsely reported nursing home COVID deaths.
A report by the State Assembly Judiciary Committee says that Cuomo not only ordered the misleading report to be made, but he also personally edited the DOH document multiple times.
The DOH report was used as evidence that Cuomo’s policy of putting COVID-19 positive patients in nursing homes was not as deadly as it actually was.
The State Assembly Judiciary Committee said that they are “cooperating with law enforcement with respect to these issues.”
Some DOH officials said that they were constantly ignored when it came to COVID-19 policy and that they feared that speaking out would lessen their chances of being heard by Cuomo and his staff.
“Throughout the drafting process, the former Governor reviewed and edited the draft DOH Report on multiple occasions, and made edits to strengthen the defense of the March 25 Directive.” - New York State Assembly report on Gov. Andrew Cuomo