Well, we don’t really need any more evidence to prove that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the most corrupt and vile politicians serving in public office right now, but the man still continues to provide us with some anyway.
Apparently, Cuomo and his health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, allegedly saved the then-scarce coronavirus tests for well connected Democrats and members of the Cuomo family and his other friends while ignoring nursing home administrators who were begging to be able to test patients who were returning from the hospitals after getting care for cases of COVID-19.
Cuomo is already under fire for twin scandals, one related to an order forcing nursing homes and other adult and long-term care facilities to accept patients recovering from bouts of COVID-19, regardless of whether those patients remained positive for the virus and contagious, and another related to the governor’s behavior towards female staff.
The Post reports Monday, though, that the nursing home scandal may go deeper than just the effects of Cuomo’s policy, which could have led to tens of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in New York, particularly among populations most at risk for the virus — the elderly and minorities. Cuomo’s administration reportedly ignored calls from medical facilities needing an increased number of COVID-19 tests, then hard to come by. At the same time, the Post reports, Cuomo and Zucker allegedly “directed that members of the governor’s family and bigwigs with ties to his administration should get priority coronavirus testing.”
“Relatives of Cuomo, including his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, one of their sisters and their mom, Matilda Cuomo, were tested several times during the early days of the pandemic,” the Post reported, citing the Albany Times-Union, which has been digging into the nursing home scandal. ‘The testing was done by high-level members of the state Health Department, often at private homes, the newspaper said, citing three sources with direct knowledge of the matter.”
“Others who were given priority testing included the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rick Cotton, and his wife, as well as Pat Foye, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Some state legislators and their staff were also tested,” the Times-Union went on to say in its report.
The corruption of this guy really knows no bounds, does it? It’s ridiculous that he’s still refusing to resign. Where is the movement to have this guy impeached? That needs to be a top priority.