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.”
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Calls were mounting on Thursday night to prosecute Andrew Cuomo and his staff for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic after a top aide admitted that their administration hid damning information about deaths among nursing home patients, amid fears that it would be used against them in an investigation by Donald Trump’s Department of Justice.
In a remarkable confession made during a conference call with New York state Democrats, obtained by The New York Post, Melissa DeRosa admitted that officials ‘froze’ in August when the state legislature asked for the data, before rebuffing the request.
DeRosa told lawmakers: ‘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.’
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Janice Dean: People ‘should go to jail’ over New York nursing home death cover-up
The reported admission by a top adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that the administration withheld information about the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 means people “should go to jail,” Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean told “Fox News Primetime” Wednesday.
“This is the biggest bombshell we have had so far,” said Dean, who lost both her parents-in-law to the pandemic last year.
“We don’t have our loved ones here today, but by God, I am here to be a voice for all of them.”‘
— Janice Dean, Fox News
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