Republicans calling for investigation after report that top Cuomo aide admitted to hiding nursing home data

Updated: February 12, 2021 05:20 AM
Created: February 11, 2021 10:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Republican lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the Cuomo administration after a report released Thursday night by the New York Post saying the governor's top aide admitted to hiding nursing home data. 

The article quotes Melissa DeRosa in a video conference call with Senate leaders Wednesday.

She apologizes to Democrats for withholding the state's nursing home death toll from COVID-19. 

A line in the article says "we froze" out of fear the true numbers would "be used against us." 

The New York State Department of Health only recently begun disclosing those numbers in response to a scathing report from the State Attorney General's Office that said COVID-19 deaths of people from nursing homes may have been underreported.

"This is clearly a cover-up, they've essentially admitted it's a cover-up and so I fully expect there will be pressure for an investigation and possibly a resignation," State Senator Rob Ortt (R-62) said. "They think in terms of political convenience and inconvenience and not in terms of the toll and the cost and the lives that were lost."

Rich Azzopardi, senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, tweeted a statement saying "We explained that the Trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame democratic states for COVID deaths and that we were cooperating with Federal document productions and that was the priority and now that it is over we can address the state legislature. That said, we were working simultaneously to complete the audit of information they were asking for."

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