"In retrospect, should we have given more priority to fulfilling information requests?"
The New York state Department of Health reported last week that "more than 15,000 people have died in New York state's nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths, " the outlet said.
Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the us attorney's office have started a probe into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in nursing homes, according to a report by the Times Union.
Democratic politician Ronald Tae Sok "Ron" Kim, 41, claimed that he was bathing his children at home on February 11, 2021 when he received a call from 56th NY governor Andrew Cuomo, 63.
Lawmakers in NY from Cuomo's own party are also pushing back against the governor. "I accept responsibility for that". Kim had initially supported the reforms, but later opposed some of them after getting support from salon owners. No instances of wrongdoing were found.
The revelations have prompted both Republicans and Democrats to take back or reduce his emergency powers during the pandemic.
After early praise for his leadership when his state became the US epicenter of the pandemic, the governor is now dealing with accusations of underreporting nursing home deaths.
Stonewalling the Justice Department is bad enough, but Cuomo did something even worse: His administration provided inaccurate data to public health officials in real time, at the beginning of the crisis, when government scientists were desperately trying to figure out how the virus was spreading, who was most vulnerable and how to stop it.
The lawmakers also question whether there is relationship between campaign donations from for-profit nursing homes to Cuomo and his decision, early in the pandemic, to grant the homes immunity from prosecution for anything that might go wrong. "It nearly felt like, in retrospect, he was trying to bait me and anger me and say something inappropriate".
"When we get closer to the truth behind the growing nursing home scandal in New York, Gov. Cuomo tries to implicate you in the coverup or threatens your livelihood if you don't lie for him", Kim said.
Kim said he hired an attorney after the multiple calls from Cuomo and his staff. Communications from the governor's office are now directed to that attorney, Kim said.
"These facts are not going way because they are the facts- unacceptable facts that hold him accountable", Kim said in the statement.
A pair of new pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are being set up in the Hudson Valley this week to provide first doses to thousands of New Yorkers.
He says Cuomo called him at home to try to "pressure me to issue a statement" supporting Melissa DeRosa, an aide to Cuomo.
"I didn't say anything about Assemblyman Ron Kim".
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