In a New York Post exclusive Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologizes to Democratic lawmakers for Cuomo’s Nursing Home COVID Death Toll Cover-up.
The stunning admission of a cover-up was made by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call telling state Democratic leader that “we froze” out of fear the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors.
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.”
In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”
“And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.
“Because then 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.”
DeRosa added: “That played a very large role into this.”
Cuomo Still Refusing To admit to any Wrongdoing in hiding NY’s Nursing Home COVID Death Toll
After dropping the bombshell, instead of a mea culpa to the grieving family members of more than 13,000 dead seniors.
Or to the critics who say the Health Department spread COVID-19 in the care facilities with a March 25 state Health Department directive that nursing homes admit infected patients.
DeRosa reprehensibly tried to apologize to her fellow Democrats for…“The political inconvenience it caused them.”
“So we do apologize,” she said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”
Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) immediately rejected DeRosa’s expression of remorse, according to the recording.
“I don’t have enough time today to explain all the reasons why I don’t give that any credit at all,” said Gottfried, one of the lawmakers who demanded the death-toll data in August.
State Senate Aging Committee Chairwoman Rachel May (D-Syracuse) — who was battered during her re-election bid last year over the issue of nursing-home deaths — also ripped into DeRosa, saying her former opponent had launched another broadside earlier in the day.
“And the issue for me, the biggest issue of all is feeling like I needed to defend — or at least not attack — an administration that was appearing to be covering something up,” she said.
“And in a, in a pandemic, when you want the public to trust the public-health officials, and there is this clear feeling that they’re not coming, being forthcoming with you, that is really hard and it remains difficult.”
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who took part in the call, told The Post on Thursday that DeRosa’s remarks sounded “like they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice.”
“That’s how I understand their reasoning of why they were unable to share, in real time, the data,” Kim said.
“They had to first make sure that the state was protected against federal investigation.”
Cuomo Should Be Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter.
Involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing that results either from criminal negligence or the commission of a low-level criminal act such as a misdemeanor.
Involuntary manslaughter is distinguished from other forms of homicide because it does not require deliberation or premeditation, or intent.
President Trump not only ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to transform New York City’s Jacob Javits center into an emergency hospital ward and also ordered the USNS Comfort to NYC.
While the USNS Comfort was never meant to take on Coronavirus patients, nor most ICU patients.
Trump ordered the floating hospital to NYC in order to make an additional 1,000 beds available for other medical conditions that would, in turn, free up Hospital beds for Coronavirus victims.
Cuomo used neither to its potential instead he issued an order to send elderly New Yorkers to their death in ill-prepared nursing homes all because he and the Democrats didn’t want Trump to receive credit for doing everything he could to save lives.