Martucci calls for special prosecutor to investigate nursing home COVID deaths

Monday, 15 Feb, 2021

"We have the infrastructure in place to get shots in arms as quickly as possible, we just need the supply to do it, and with a new leader in Washington we're finally beginning to get more supply, allowing us to open vaccination appointments up to New Yorkers with comorbidities starting next week", Cuomo said in a statement.

Andrew Cuomo, who at one time was hailed by the mainstream media as the king of the coronavirus response in the United States, is now facing calls to resign.

In New York State, about 10 percent of the population has received its first dose, according to data gathered by The New York Times. The former president was tweeting about Cuomo and other Democratic governors' handling of the nursing homes, a transcript of the call released by the governor's office shows. "[The Cuomo administration] intentionally withheld the data surrounding nursing homes from the Legislature because they were afraid it would be weaponized by the Trump administration". Saturday, another 107 deaths were reported, according to the governor.

Numerous Republicans joined in the chorus and have called for the governor to be removed or to resign.

The new number of 9,056 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what the state Health Department previously released. Patrick Gallivan stated. "It is clear that a thorough investigation is needed to determine the true scope of this crisis and find out who was involved in misleading the public".

From here, Tapper pivoted by slamming Republican lawmakers for their own political opportunism by refusing to hold Trump accountable for the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Though Cuomo has repeatedly called out the federal government for politicizing COVID-19 and the vaccine, Ortt said that it was the governor who was guilty of "playing political football".

"Hospitalization and infection rates continue to drop statewide and New Yorkers are to be commended for all of their hard work and sacrifices that have helped make this a reality", Cuomo said. "First, we must strip the governor of his executive powers, and then it is imperative that a full investigation be launched immediately". "There are plenty of things going on, COVID response, economic relief, all those things need to be addressed, but I can guarantee you that there are more than enough people in the department of justice and elsewhere in Washington that can address this specific issue and it should be addressed".

Republicans, meanwhile, have demanded an independent investigation and committee resignations.

"While this is a great step forward in ensuring the most vulnerable among us have access to this lifesaving vaccine, it's no secret that any time you're dealing with a resource this scarce, there are going to be attempts to commit fraud and game the systems", Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

"We informed the houses [of the NY legislature] of this at the time".