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    A group of House Republicans are demanding the Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services give a briefing on New York’s nursing home deaths after Democrats quashed a push for a bipartisan hearing. "Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous March 15 order knowingly sent thousands of COVID-19 positive patients back into nursing homes across the state, which spread the virus and killed thousands of New York’s parents and grandparents," Reps. Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., said in a statement announcing the move. Brady and Nunes are both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Reed has been vocal in calling for accountability in his home state. HHS MUST INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CUOMO NURSING HOME DEATHS COVER-UP, HOUSE REPUBLICAN URGES They are sending a letter to Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Norris Cochran asking for a briefing following revelations in New York that nursing home coronavirus deaths there...
    One of the earliest coronavirus pandemic hotspots is seeing a rapid decline in cases and deaths that far [outpaces[ the U.S.: nursing homes. Between late December and mid February, weekly infections among residents fell by nearly 90 percent - xx the rate as seen in the general population, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of federal data. What's more, as fatalities in the U.S. rose over the winter holidays, nursing home deaths declines by up to 75 percent. Experts say COVID-19 vaccinations, which rolled out in December and prioritizing nursing home residents, played a large role int he dramatic drip Some say the data shows that not only are the vaccines effective, but that the country could also seem massive improvements asd more people become immunized.  Between December 20 and February 14, weekly coronavirus infections among nursing home residents fell from 33,621 to 3,505, nearly 90%, and deaths fell by...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The new New York State guidelines on nursing home visits go into effect on Friday, but most people will still not be able to visit their loved ones because of a long-standing COVID rule.The new guidelines still incorporate a restriction by which if anyone in the nursing home - staff or resident - is diagnosed with the coronavirus, the nursing home cannot allow any visitors for 14 days. For most of the pandemic, it was 28 days, but the state relaxed the restriction in September to two weeks.The restriction, however, makes it almost impossible for nursing homes to allow visitors, especially larger facilities.Stewart Almer, the President and CEO of the Gurwin Healthcare System, which operates Gurwin Jewish Nursing Home in Commack, said the facility will not be opening to visitors on Friday."With 800 staff and 460 residents, mathematically, the odds are very slim that we'll ever...
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    (CNN)Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spokesperson denied an allegation Thursday that the New York Democrat had sexually harassed a former employee, calling the allegations "quite simply false."Cuomo's office was reacting to a Medium post from Lindsay Boylan, in which she wrote that in 2018 Cuomo "stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips." Cuomo's office also categorically denied another allegation in the Medium post that the governor had suggested he and Boylan play "strip poker" on a flight -- providing denials from four current and former staffers who had flown with Boylan and Cuomo and insisted the episode did not happen.Boylan first made the allegation of sexual harassment in December 2020. Cuomo denied it then as well.While it's not at all clear whether the denial puts an end to this or not, what is clear is that Cuomo is in the midst of a massively perilous moment in his...
    A top House Republican unveiled a timeline on Thursday of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has now resulted in several investigations. "The facts are simple: Governor Cuomo issued an order sending thousands of contagious COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes and then he lied about the death toll," House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, said in a statement. "Governor Cuomo endangered the most vulnerable, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of nursing home patients and caused unimaginable grief for their families and loved ones." Scalise is also the ranking member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and the report, headlined, "Timeline of the Cuomo Cover-Up," bears its name. 'ANY ALLEGATION SHOULD BE REVIEWED:' WHITE HOUSE WEIGHS IN ON ANDREW CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT Scalise, who is calling for a full investigation into Cuomo's handling of nursing...
    By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Thursday used a hearing to ask Gov. Tom Wolf's top health official whether it was a mistake to order COVID-19 patients to be readmitted to nursing homes, although it is not clear the policy led to an outbreak or death. Since Pennsylvania's first coronavirus spike in cases last spring, Republicans have accused Wolf's administration of fueling the outbreak in nursing homes by ordering the facilities to readmit residents who had been treated for the virus in a hospital. Despite a high number of nursing home deaths in Pennsylvania, no investigation has thus far pointed to the policy as a cause of death or outbreak. Meanwhile, nursing home trade associations in Pennsylvania say they are not aware of a nursing home that was forced to accept a COVID-positive patient against its will, or that the order led...
    Several residents in a Kentucky nursing facility may have been reinfected with the coronavirus months after first testing positive, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report states that five residents in a skilled nursing home facility tested positive for COVID-19 in two separate outbreaks three months apart – first in July and then again in October. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 516 ImagesThe residents, aged, 67 to 99, all received at least four negative virus test results between the first and second outbreak, "suggesting the possibility of reinfection." The five patients were either asymptomatic or only showing mild symptoms during the summer outbreak. Symptoms during the second infection were more severe, resulting in the hospitalization and eventual death of one resident. It is noteworthy, the CDC said, that all the patients experienced mild or no symptoms during their first...
    ALBANY, New York (WABC) -- The New York Department of Health commissioner testified before state lawmakers Thursday about COVID-19 in nursing homes, as criticism continues to mount over Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of data related to deaths at such facilities."Yes there were deaths," Dr. Howard Zucker said. "Too many."But Dr. Zucker denied that a March 25 directive to re-admit residents upon discharge from hospitals contributed to more deaths."It is troubling to me that we keep going back to the issue, where all the data has shown this is not what brought infection into the nursing homes," he said. "If it's in the community, it's going to end up in the facility."RELATED | Cuomo unveils nursing home reforms, lashes out over accusationsThe embattled health commissioner said staff members brought the virus into nursing homes, and that 98% of all nursing homes in the state had COVID-19 circulating before the arrival of...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former administrator of a western Pennsylvania nursing home directed staffers to falsify records to make it appear the facility met federal and state staffing requirements, according to federal prosecutors. Susan Gilbert, 60, of Lawrence, was indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, health care fraud and obstruction of a federal audit. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, and it wasn't known Thursday if she has retained an attorney. Federal investigators say Gilbert, who worked at the Mt. Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, and other conspirators deprived clients of patient care by using inflated nursing hours, falsified timecards and other schemes. They say the conspiracy, ran from October 2018 to February. The indictment, which was made public Thursday, comes nearly six months after FBI agents served a search warrant on the nursing home and the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, both of which...
    By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers challenged the state's health commissioner Thursday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget cuts and his administration's lack of transparency on outbreaks at nursing homes. The Cuomo administration for months dramatically underreported the statewide number of COVID-19 deaths among long-term care residents, and a state attorney general report in January correctly estimated the administration’s tally didn’t include thousands of deaths. It is now over 15,000, up from the roughly 9,000 previously disclosed as of late January. Cuomo's administration initially reported both deaths inside and outside of nursing homes. But by early May, the administration suddenly began excluding deaths outside of nursing homes — a step nearly no other state took. That move, and the administration's months-long refusal to provide the full tally, has drawn criticism that Cuomo was trying to minimize the extent of the pandemic among the state’s...
    A glance at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Twitter history shows the Democratic leader was -- at least at one point -- willing to take the blame for the way the state was handling the coronavirus pandemic and reopening.  But recent reports and past social media activity show Cuomo has placed blame on the media, Republicans and former President Donald Trump, and even nursing home staff, in the wake of a bombshell New York Post article that his office withheld information related to deaths at the eldercare facilities. WHO CUOMO HAS BLAMED – OTHER THAN HIMSELF – FOR THE NURSING HOME SCANDAL However, in April 2020, the governor was willing to take the blame as he called for the state to remain under tight restrictions during the height of the pandemic. "People will die if we get cocky about reopening," he tweeted at the time. "To those who are upset about our careful approach...
    ALBANY, New York (WABC) -- The New York Department of Health commissioner testified before state lawmakers Thursday about COVID-19 in nursing homes, as criticism continues to mount over Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of data related to deaths at such facilities."Yes there were deaths," Dr. Howard Zucker said. "Too many."But Dr. Zucker denied that a March 25 directive to re-admit residents upon discharge from hospitals contributed to more deaths."It is troubling to me that we keep going back to the issue, where all the data has shown this is not what brought infection into the nursing homes," he said. "If it's in the community, it's going to end up in the facility."RELATED | Cuomo unveils nursing home reforms, lashes out over accusationsThe embattled health commissioner said staff members brought the virus into nursing homes, and that 98% of all nursing homes in the state had COVID-19 circulating before the arrival of...
    New York state’s embattled health commissioner on Thursday publicly pleaded with his critics to tone down their attacks on him and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the cover-up of the COVID-19 death toll among nursing home residents as he continued to insist he did nothing wrong. In prepared remarks delivered at the start of a joint Assembly-state Senate budget hearing, Dr. Howard Zucker said, “I was asked to provide the numbers of deaths by facility, by location of death, by whether confirmed or presumed.” “To the best of the [Health] Department’s ability, I have done so,” he insisted. “If some wish to find fault with the process, I ask them to remember that we continue to battle this pandemic.” Zucker has faced calls to resign since Attorney General Letitia James last month released a report that estimated the official tally of nursing home deaths would increase by more than 50 percent...
    (CNN)New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker again on Thursday defended the state's handling of nursing homes and their residents during the pandemic.The administration's decision to delay the release of data on Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities -- the subject of a federal investigation -- has become a political crisis for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State lawmakers accuse Cuomo of a cover-up and said they are considering repealing the governor's emergency powers. Zucker, appearing virtually before a joint legislative budget hearing on health care, read a statement before taking questions. He pointed to a July 2020 Department of Health report that said health care workers were "likely" the cause of Covid-19 spread into long-term care facilities. "The virus, despite our collective best efforts to prevent it, was inadvertently brought into the nursing homes by dedicated staff at a time when we did not know enough about the science. It...
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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is facing questions about the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19. Zucker is testifying before a state hearing following reports the Cuomo Administration undercounted. Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James released the report claiming COVID data from the administration left out nearly 50% of nursing home deaths. After the report was released, the administration revised its numbers to include those who died at hospitals.
    A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta.Tami Chappell | Reuters A new CDC study found that some elderly who apparently recovered from the coronavirus later came down with a second, even worse infection — indicating that asymptomatic or mild cases may not provide a lot of protection against becoming reinfection with Covid-19. The study, published Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, studied two separate outbreaks that occurred three months apart at a skilled nursing facility in Kentucky. Between mid-July to mid-August, 20 residents and five health-care personnel tested positive for the virus, according to the study. The second outbreak between late October to the beginning of December was worse — 85 residents and 43 health-care personnel tested positive for the virus. Among the residents who tested positive during the first outbreak and were still...
    The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home has been indicted on federal charges of health care fraud, state authorities said. Susan Gilbert, 60 -- Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, a sister nursing home to Brighton -- has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, health care fraud, and obstruction of a federal audit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Thursday. Gilbert is accused of directing employees to falsify records to give the appearance that the facility met federal and state staffing requirements, Shapiro and Brady said. She and other co-conspirators directed administrative and management-level nursing staff, including the Director of Nursing, the Assistant Director of Nursing, and other administrative staff, to “clock in” for shifts but not actually work between October 2018 and February 2020, the indictment says.  In doing so, MLRWC created falsified timecard documentation that made it appear as though these...
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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to join the National Governors Association's winter meeting Thursday afternoon, with President Biden expected to participate as well. Cuomo, who is the chair of the NGA, will be addressing coronavirus-related issues during the virtual event, while he continues to deal with scandals related to his own pandemic policies, as well as alleged behavior. CUOMO 'COMPLETELY MISPLAYED US FROM THE BEGINNING' ON NURSING HOMES: REP. ZELDIN "He will be presiding over today's proceedings," NGA press secretary James Nash confirmed to Fox News. Last year, Biden had called Cuomo the "gold standard" when it came to state leaders handling the pandemic. When asked about this on Sunday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say whether the president still feels this way in light of Cuomo's nursing home scandal. His administration had withheld the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 after he had directed facilities...
    New York papers have ramped up pressure on embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo with scathing headlines calling the Democratic leader a "pig" and pointing out that his "woes" are piling up after former administration aide Lindsey Boylan accused him of sexual harassment amid the ongoing nursing home scandal. Boylan came forward on Wednesday with explosive claims against the already-beleaguered governor, saying he asked her to play "strip poker," made a lewd reference to Bill Clinton’s infamous use of cigars, touched her lower back, kissed her on the lips and essentially made her uncomfortable in her workplace. ABC, CBS, NBC AVOID EXPLOSIVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS AGAINST ANDREW CUOMO ON EVENING NEWS BROADCASTS While CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS have taken heat for oddly skipping news, The New York Post and New York Daily News both went all in with blistering front-page stories. The reliably liberal Daily News’ cover featured an all-caps headline,...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting some company on the hot seat over the handling of nursing homes and COVID-19 patients. Cuomo is among several Democratic governors who, in recent months, have mandated state nursing homes take in COVID-19 patients. Cuomo has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for it, but other state chief executives haven't until now received similar scrutiny, including Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania. ELISE STEFANIK DEMANDS RESIGNATION OF 'CRIMINAL SEXUAL PREDATOR' ANDREW CUOMO The FBI and the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York are investigating Cuomo and his administration after his top aide revealed two weeks ago that state officials allegedly hid the extent of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes when the administration was previously under investigation by the Justice Department for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Justice Department...
    It’s an elder scare home. Urban explorers received the fright of a lifetime after spotting a mysterious disappearing figure while perusing an infamous, abandoned nursing facility in the UK. Caters News footage of the nightmare-inducing moment has gone viral online. “Things like that are bound to give you a cold shiver down your spine,” said South Yorkshire’s Matt Nadine, who had encountered the bone-chilling sight after sneaking into Liverpool’s notorious Mossley Manor Care Home with his pal Andy Thompson. Dubbed the nursing facility “from hell,” Mossley had housed dozens of senior citizens — including some with disabilities and dementia — before it was forced to close in 2015 for employing criminals and keeping patients in squalor. The spine-tingling two-minute clip begins innocuously enough with the two adventurers, who go by the name Finders Beepers History Seekers on YouTube, exploring the moldering interior of the dilapidated building —...
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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office is looking for a new senior communications officer to handle "messaging," as they navigate their way through scandals involving the administration's handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and a recent allegation of sexual harassment. A listing for the position, senior communications lead for strategy and messaging, was posted on Daybook on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as discovered by Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker. HHS MUST INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CUOMO NURSING HOME DEATHS COVER-UP, HOUSE REPUBLICAN URGES "The State of New York's Executive Chamber has an immediate opening for a top level executive to lead messaging for the Office of the Governor. The position reports to the Communications Director," the listing says. The job is advertised as paying between $100,000 and $150,000 per year, and duties include developing "creative messaging to help explain the State's public policy priorities." Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi responded to Walker's...
    Lehigh Valley native and longtime nursing home volunteer Kristin Ann Herpel died Feb. 13 at the age of 24. Herpel attended Parkland High School, where she graduated in 2015, her obituary says. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Cedar Crest College in 2019, her memorial says. Herpel had been working at Brookdale Assisted Living in Dublin for the past year, her obit says. She was also a longtime volunteer at Cedarbrook nursing home in Allentown. In her free time, Herpel enjoyed sprint car racing. She was also a member of the Cetronia Fire Company Social Hall and the Jordan United Church of Christ, her memorial says. Herpel’s memorial was held Monday, Feb. 22 at Trexler Funeral Home in Allentown. Click here for the full obituary.
    EXCLUSIVE - Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., demanded that the Department of Health and Human Services investigate New York nursing home deaths, citing the state attorney general's report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration may have undercounted nursing home coronavirus deaths by as much as 50%.Lamborn sent a letter to HHS acting secretary Norris Cochran on Thursday asking for an investigation into nursing home deaths under Cuomo for "a full and public accounting of his administration's actions." CUOMO ADMITTED HE WOULDN'T PUT HIS MOTHER IN NURSING HOME THE SAME MONTH HE ISSUED COVID ORDER "Throughout the pandemic, long term care facilities were ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic," Lamborn told Fox News. "This tragedy was created and supercharged by terrible policies, like those of Governor Cuomo and President Biden's assistant secretary of health nominee Rachel Levine, to place COVID-19 positive individuals back into nursing homes and long-term care facilities." "I am deeply concerned by comments made by Melissa DeRosa that Governor Cuomo falsified...
    A Hudson Valley lawmaker is calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid the latest scandal to hit his administration. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan made a scathing blog post public in which she outlined alleged sexual harassment incidents involving the governor during her time in his administration. Earlier story - New Details Of Cuomo Sexual Harassment Claims Released By Former Aide In response to the allegation, Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler, who represents District 97, which includes Pearl River and other parts of Rockland County, called for Cuomo’s job. “It is clear that Gov. Cuomo is unable to discharge his duties any longer. Today’s allegations by former aide Lindsey Boylan reveal a pattern of predatory sexual behavior that has no place in society, let alone the highest office of government in our state,” he stated. Lawler said that while he believes in “innocent until proven guilty,”...
    Sisters Vivian Rivera Zayas and Alexa Rivera are on a crusade for justice over what they describe as the "murder" of their mother, who died from the coronavirus last year in a New York nursing home. Ana Celia Martinez, 78, died from COVID-19 on April 1st, 2020 in a New York senior care facility. Nearly a year later, her daughters are demanding answers from embattled Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose failure to protect the state's senior population has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Thursday, the sisters ramped up calls for New York Democrats to hold Cuomo accountable for the nearly 15,000 COVID-19 nursing home deaths reported in the state. GRIEF STRICKEN DAUGHTER OF NY NURSING HOME VICTIM: I WANT CUOMO TO 'KNOW MY MOTHER'S NAME' "I voted for Governor Cuomo. My mother did as well," Rivera said. " We expect the other Democrats to step up and do the right thing. Their...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health announced Wednesday that it will soon lift its state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities. According to a news release, nursing homes and other facilities should use the federal guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting Feb. 28. The agency says all of Tennessee's nursing homes and skilled nursing home facilities have finished giving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations, and the state's assisted care living facilities and residential homes for the aged are expected to be fully immunized by the end of the week. “Now that vaccinations at all long-term care facilities are nearing completion, we are ready to transition to a more sustainable approach of following these best practices for safe operation of long-term care facilities in Tennessee,” Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a statement. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    Republican members on the House Oversight Committee are calling on Democratic Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney to subpoena Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to testify about the nursing home scandal, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Fox News. Ranking Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer and all Republicans on the panel sent the letter to Maloney demanding she subpoena Cuomo so that the committee may “hear the truth, under oath, directly from Governor Cuomo,” according to Fox News. Republicans alleged Cuomo intentionally “engaged in a cover-up effecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19,” according to the report. “Additionally, we formally request a thorough investigation by the Oversight Committee,” the letter reportedly continued. “We owe it to the thousands of families who lost loved ones because of Governor Cuomo’s alleged recklessness.” The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued an order in March that required nursing homes to accept...
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    CNN appears to be giving cover to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo by not covering sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by former administration aide Lindsey Boylan.  Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to Cuomo, published a bombshell essay Wednesday on the website Medium. She accused the governor of going "out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs," forcibly kissing her on the lips during a one-on-one briefing, and suggesting that they "play strip poker" during a plane ride.  Cuomo's office denied Boylan's harassment claims, calling them "simply false" and insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen." Eight hours after Boylan came forward with her claims, CNN, the home network of the governor's brother Chris Cuomo, has made zero mention of the allegations on its air or on CNN.com, according to Grabian transcripts and search results on the network's website.  GOV. CUOMO ACCUSED...
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    House Oversight Committee Republicans have asked Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to subpoena New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to testify before the panel on coronavirus deaths in his state’s nursing homes, according to a report. Fox News reported Wednesday: Fox News exclusively obtained a letter committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., and all Republicans on the panel sent to Maloney, D-N.Y., demanding that the committee “hear the truth, under oath, directly from Governor Cuomo.” Comer and Republicans said that Cuomo and his administration “engaged in a cover-up effecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19,” and demanded that Maloney “immediately notice a full committee hearing with Governor Cuomo as the sole witness.” […] Comer and Republicans noted that GOP members of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis demanded “accountability and transparency” while “blowing the whistle” on Cuomo’s actions, requesting in June nursing home and fatality data from Cuomo—a request Democrats...
    Republican members of a House of Representatives committee want to subpoena Gov. Andrew Cuomo to testify about the true number of nursing home COVID-19 deaths in New York last year, saying they “owe it to the thousands of families” who lost loved ones because of the governor’s “alleged recklessness,” according to a report. R​ep.​ James Comer (R-Ky.) ​the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, and other GOP members of the panel sent a letter to ​chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney to compel Cuomo to appear, demanding to “hear the truth, under oath, directly from Governor Cuomo​,” Fox News reported Wednesday, citing a copy of the missive. ​Claiming that the governor’s administration “engaged in a cover-up effecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19,” ​they want Maloney to “immediately notice a full committee hearing with Governor Cuomo as the sole witness.” “Additionally, we formally request a thorough investigation by the Oversight Committee,” ​the letter said. “We...
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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was the golden boy of the Democratic party just a few months ago, but now, he is facing an avalanche of controversy.There are investigations into why he didn't accurately disclose the number of nursing home deaths from COVID, as well as allegations of inappropriate behavior from two politically active women.Cuomo has repeatedly and emphatically denied all the accusations.On Wednesday, Assemblyman Ron Kim -- who has accused Cuomo of threatening him over criticism regarding the nursing home data -- and others held a rally at City Hall to demand Cuomo be held accountable.It came as a former member of Cuomo's administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting.Lindsey Boylan said that during her more than three years working as an economic adviser in the administration,...
    Private equity firms are known for buying struggling companies and slashing costs — often via layoffs — as a way of turning them around. But such strategies might have deadly consequences when applied to nursing homes. A recent economic analysis found that patients in nursing homes owned by buyout firms — which raise money from outside investors to make acquisitions across a range of industries, including health care — have a 1.7 percentage point higher chance of dying during their stays and for 90 days after leaving the homes. While that might not seem like a huge increase, it amounts to more than 20,000 additional deaths over the 12-year period of the study. Another way to think of the higher death rate the researchers found in nursing homes owned by private equity firms is to compare it to that of COVID-19, which has a similar death rate of about 1.8%...
    A Hudson Valley lawmaker is calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid the latest scandal to hit his administration. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan made a scathing blog post public in which she outlined alleged sexual harassment incidents involving the governor during her time in his administration. Earlier story - New Details Of Cuomo Sexual Harassment Claims Released By Former Aide In response to the allegation, Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler, who represents District 97, which includes Pearl River and other parts of Rockland County, called for Cuomo’s job. “It is clear that Gov. Cuomo is unable to discharge his duties any longer. Today’s allegations by former aide Lindsey Boylan reveal a pattern of predatory sexual behavior that has no place in society, let alone the highest office of government in our state,” he stated. Lawler said that while he believes in “innocent until proven guilty,”...
    Marine veteran and father of five, John Daly, 89, is one of more than 15,000 seniors who died last spring after contracting the novel coronavirus in a New York nursing home. Daly was admitted into the facility March 13th for rehabilitation after suffering from aspiration pneumonia. The following day nursing homes went into lockdown, isolating vulnerable seniors like Daly from their families. CUOMO ADMITTED HE WOULDN'T PUT HIS MOTHER IN NURSING HOME THE SAME MONTH HE ISSUED COVID ORDER "My mother was assured that he would be safe," Grace Colucci, one of Daly’s daughters, told Fox News. Two weeks into his stay, Colucci said her family was informed of two positive COVID-19 cases being found within the nursing home, but that they were told their father was being kept safe in a separate part of the facility. When the family was eventually called to pick up Daly after his...
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    Fox News’ Janice Dean spoke at a rally held by New York assemblyman Ron Kim Wednesday against Governor Andrew Cuomo amid the growing scandal over nursing home deaths. Dean has been very outspoken against Cuomo after her husband’s parents passed away last years, and said today, “We had no idea there was a March 25th order to put over 9000 covid-positive patients into nursing homes. I wish we had known that.” “A lot of news agencies, news companies, think that this is breaking news,” she said. “We have been shouting from the rooftops for ten months!” “And I have yet to hear this governor say, in front of a microphone, I am sorry for your loss. That would have been a good start.” Dean blasted the governor for blaming “God, Mother Nature, Fox News,” other media outlets, and nursing home staff in comments over the past few months. “We...
    EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are urging Democratic chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney to subpoenas New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to testify before the panel on nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the state. Fox News exclusively obtained a letter committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., and all Republicans on the panel sent to Maloney, D-N.Y., demanding that the committee "hear the truth, under oath, directly from Governor Cuomo."  NY ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS PUSH FOR CUOMO IMPEACHMENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE NURSING HOME SCANDAL Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James said nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the state were undercounted by as much as 50%. And things escalated after a report that a top aide to Cuomo told leading state Democratic lawmakers that the administration had withheld data on COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes to avoid federal scrutiny. Last year, Cuomo directed nursing homes in the state to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. The...
    A former aide accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of unwanted sexual advances in a blog post published Wednesday. Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo, said Cuomo repeatedly touched her body, attempted to kiss her on the mouth, invited her to play “strip poker,” and overtly objectified her, documenting her experiences with screenshots of emails and texts in a Medium post. Boylan alleges that Cuomo’s top female staff members “normalized” the governor’s conduct. In 2018, she says, she began to “speak up” after Cuomo allegedly kissed her without consent, but her superiors “reprimanded” her: After that, my fears worsened. I came to work nauseous every day. My relationship with his senior team — mostly women — grew hostile after I started speaking up for myself. I was reprimanded and told to get in line by his top aides, but I could no longer...
    Andrew Cuomo's former aide has said the New York governor asked her to play strip poker on a flight in 2017 and a year later kissed her without permission.  In a lengthy Medium post Lindsey Boylan said of the alleged plane incident: 'I should have been shocked by the Governor's crude comment, but I wasn't.'  Boylan had already alleged in December last year that Cuomo 'abused his power' and sexually harassed her for years.    She wrote then: 'Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched. 'I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.' On Wednesday Boylan said: 'I tried to excuse his behavior. I told myself 'it's only words.' But that changed after a one-on-one briefing with the Governor...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone from being on the top of the proverbial COVID-19 mountain to sliding down it as his approval rating has dipped amid the latest nursing home scandal. Poll Do You Approve The Job Andrew Cuomo Has Done During The Pandemic? Yes No Undecided Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the poll is complete. Subscribe Get Daily Voice in your inbox as well Current Results Do You Approve The Job Andrew Cuomo Has Done During The Pandemic? Yes 0% No 100% Undecided 0% Back to Vote Subscribe to the results According to Morning Consult Political Intelligence tracking released this week, Cuomo’s approval rating among New Yorkers is down six points, to 57 percent, since one of his top aides admitted to intentionally withholding information on...
    New York Democrats on Capitol Hill say facts about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s actions related to COVID-19 nursing home deaths in their state need to be investigated and released. Cuomo is under scrutiny by the FBI and the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York after his top aide revealed state officials hid the degree of the coronavirus death toll on nursing home facilities when the administration was previously under investigation by the Justice Department for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People want to know what's taken place, “ New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks told the Washington Examiner. “Let the process work itself out. Folks are looking to see what was what, and then we can make a determination what should or should not happen thereafter.” In New York's state legislature, Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim and Republican lawmakers want an impeachment commission to begin its own...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) approval rating has dipped six points since it was revealed that the administration covered up the number of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes out of fears of a federal investigation, a Morning Consult survey released Monday found. The survey, taken February 12-21 among 3,203 registered New York voters, showed Cuomo with 57 percent approval. While it seems positive on the surface, that reflects a six-point drop from the 63 percent approval he saw in the last survey taken prior to the New York Post bombshell, which featured the stunning admission from Melissa DeRosa, New York’s secretary to the governor. The last survey, taken February 2-11, also showed Cuomo’s disapproval at 33 percent. That number is on the rise, now standing at 38 percent. “By comparison, perceptions of Cuomo went unchanged in the aftermath of state Attorney General Letitia James’ Jan. 28 report that first revealed the...
    The New York State Republican Party will contact thousands of voters in districts of “marginal” Democratic lawmakers in a bid to pressure the Democratic-controlled Legislature to conduct a vigorous “subpoena-driven” probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home scandal. The GOP is targeting voters in the districts of six Democratic lawmakers — three in the Senate and three in the Assembly — in phase 1 of the campaign, which also urges the politicians to strip Cuomo of emergency powers granted him when the coronavirus pandemic first hit New York last year. “We are going to take action against legislators who are hiding and failing to strip Cuomo’s powers and launch a real investigation,” said state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy. “Voters are clearly tuned in to what the governor did, and they are going to expect their legislators to do their jobs. You’re either on the side of justice or you’re...
    By SUSAN HAIGH and PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press Dr. James Gill, the state's chief medical examiner, told Connecticut legislators Tuesday that his investigators have “identified many deaths” that should have been certified as COVID-19-related but were not, including nursing home and assisted living residents who died during the pandemic. Gill said many of the cases were discovered during investigations of remains about to be cremated, a procedure the office often conducts to make sure a homicide has not occurred. “During that cremation review process, we’ve identified many deaths that were COVID deaths that were not certified as COVID deaths,” Gill told members of the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee. “We went to funeral homes and swabbed people at funeral homes and identified COVID deaths through that mechanism.” Gill said his office would take such steps when “respiratory failure” was listed as the cause of death. “Well, is that caused by COVID-19,...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that 100 percent of skilled nursing home patients have received their first vaccinations if they chose to have it. That news comes as local Republican members of Congress question whether Wolf followed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged undercounting of nursing home COVID-related deaths. READ MORE: Kennywood Replacing More Than 500 Feet Of Track On The Racer All four local Republican congressmen — U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly, John Joyce, Guy Reschenthaler and Glenn Thompson — sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking if he’s investigating whether Wolf undercounted nursing home deaths in this state as is alleged to have happened in New York. “I simply want to know if AG Shapiro is looking into whether Governor Wolf, like Governor Cuomo, is deflating the statistics and hiding the numbers in Pennsylvania,” Reschenthaler told KDKA political editor Jon Delano. The charge...
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    The sister-in-law of Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean has slammed New York Governor Cuomo over his handling of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.  She has accused the governor of saying 'ridiculous things' in an attempt to brush over the deaths and not using the resources made available to him. Donna Johnson, who lost both her parents last year after they contracted COVID-19 while in long-term care facilities, claims that she witnessed nurses in her dad's care home wearing garbage bags and says that the last thing her mother said to her was, 'Donna I'm scared'. 'I'd like to ask Governor Cuomo how would he feel if he had to live every day with the last words from his mother, "Andrew, I'm scared",' she said to Fox News' Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday. It comes as a new poll reveals that 41 percent of New Yorkers believe Cuomo has done...
    Dawn Best worked incredibly hard to put her mom in "one of the best nursing homes" on Long Island, New York.  Still, her beloved mother Carolyn Best became one of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents who died in the wake of the Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive which barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. It was intended to free up space in hospitals swamped in the early days of the pandemic. (Carolyn Best and her grandchildren Emily and Alex. (Dawn Best)) After the order was put into effect, however, more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes. WOMAN WHOSE FATHER WHO DIED IN NURSING HOME SAYS WITHOUT ANSWERS 'THERE'S REALLY NO CLOSURE' As a result, Dawn Best told Fox News that her mom went from "being watched 24/7 to being dead from dehydration and neglect."  It was something she never imagined happening since her...
    Brothers Peter and Daniel Arbeeny, who lost their father Norman last year after being discharged from a nursing home, on Wednesday sent a Freedom of Information request to New York State seeking documents related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home directive of March 25, 2020. Norman Arbeeny, who was 89 when he died, was one of 12 siblings in a Syrian immigrant family. He lived in the same house, at 128 Amity St., all his life, Peter Arbeeny told the Eagle.  On March 25, Cuomo issued a directive barring nursing homes from refusing patients based solely on a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to the Associated Press. Cuomo defended the directive as an effort to prevent catastrophic hospital overcrowding and discrimination against virus patients.
    Lawmakers in New York are expected to take action against Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the reveal that his administration underreported the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing home and then sought to cover it up from the federal government. Democrats in the New York State Assembly held a lengthy hearing on Monday, Feb. 22, with the proposed removal of Cuomo's emergency powers among the topics. Democratic Assembly members again met on Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a lengthy hearing, but no consequences have yet been announced for Cuomo.  “I do think there’s a consensus of the members that they want to take some action,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said on Monday. “We’re still trying to come to a place where all the members are comfortable, and I don’t know if we’re there yet.” Earlier story - COVID-19: Nursing Home Scandal Could Bring Criminal Charges For Cuomo, Prosecutor Says Cuomo’s...
    Bradley Cortright February 23, 2021 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)’s approval rating appears to be taking a hit as news that state officials withheld data on the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes has led lawmakers to call for the revocation of his emergency powers and even his impeachment.  A new Morning Consult poll released on Monday found that 57% of respondents say they approve of the governor’s job performance, which is six points lower than it was earlier this month. Eighty-one percent of Democrats say they approve of his job performance. However, the number of Democrats who say they strongly agree with his job performance has dropped nine points since it was reported that his top aide told Democratic lawmakers that officials intentionally withheld data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, told state lawmakers during a phone call that administration officials did not share data...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted in May that he would not place his elderly mother in a nursing home, two months after his controversial order barring long-term care facilities from turning away COVID-19-positive patients. "If I were advising a friend, I would say you have a vulnerable person. Best to keep them at home and not put them in a congregate facility. Keep them in a situation where you have the most control," Cuomo told MSNBC in May. "That is the blunt truth. That's what I would do with my mother," he added. WATCH: @NYGovCuomo on @MSNBC“You have a vulnerable person best to keep them at home and not put them in a congregate facility. Keep them in a situation where you have the most control. That is the blunt truth. That’s what I would do with my mother.” pic.twitter.com/hAbNivyh2b— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) May 27,...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOn The Money: Neera Tanden's nomination in peril after three GOP noes | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on financial records New York City movie theaters can reopen at 25 percent capacity Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records MORE’s (D) approval rating has fallen six points amid reports his office concealed data relating to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes, though it remains higher than before the pandemic began. Fifty-seven percent of New Yorkers approve of Cuomo’s performance, while 38 percent disapprove, a number that has risen five points in the last 10 days, according to a Morning Consult poll poll released Monday. Cuomo’s critics have hit him repeatedly on his handling of nursing home outbreaks, and a Jan. 28 report issued by Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) office outlined systemic undercounting of deaths. However, this did not translate to a...
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings plummeted after it was reported that state officials covered up how many people had actually died of coronavirus in nursing homes, a new poll found. 60% of New Yorkers said that there was wrongdoing in how Cuomo handled nursing homes during the pandemic, a Marist Poll that was released Tuesday found. The poll’s results were first reported by the New York Post. 41% of respondents said that the governor’s handling of nursing homes was unethical but not illegal, and 19% said that Cuomo has done something illegal, the poll found. Just 27% of New Yorkers said that they think Cuomo has not done anything wrong. (RELATED: New York Legislature ‘Inching Toward’ Impeachment Probe Of Cuomo, Democratic Assemblyman Says) Cuomo’s approval ratings suffered as well. In the February Marist Poll, 49% of New Yorkers said that they approved of Cuomo’s job performance –...
    National Review Rep. Stefanik: Garland’s Answer about Cuomo Investigation ‘Not Good Enough’ Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) said Monday that Merrick Garland’s response to a question about a potential conflict of interest in any investigation of New York governor Andrew Cuomo was “not good enough.” During Garland’s confirmation hearing to be attorney general on Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) asked the Biden nominee if he would “commit to not having the investigation done by a person with a conflict of interest.” Cruz noted acting Manhattan U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss’s relationship to Melissa DeRosa, a top Cuomo aide, as a potential concern. Strauss is the mother-in-law of DeRosa, who reportedly admitted recently that the administration covered up data on nursing-home deaths to hide the severity of the situation from federal authorities. “With all of these investigations, the Justice Department is open to evidence of fraud, false statements, violations of the...
    A majority of New Yorkers see Gov. Andrew Cuomo as being to blame for the states excess nursing home deaths, if not criminally then at least ethically, according to the latest Marist College poll. A plurality (41%) agrees Cuomos COVID-19 response, including mandating nursing homes to take in COVID-19 infected seniors at the start of the pandemic, was at least unethical. Another 19% said Cuomo is criminally negligent, while just 27% believe the anti-Trump Democrat did nothing wrong. The New York Post broke the exclusive report of a top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa admitted to a pair of Democrat lawmakers the administration withheld data to avoid an investigation by the Trump administration Justice Department into the deaths of New Yorks nursing home and assisted-living facility residents. Republicans had already put Cuomo under public fire for his mandate long-term facilities not turn away COVID-19 positive seniors, particularly because the elderly were well-known to be...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would not put his 89-year-old mother in a congregate care facility amid the coronavirus pandemic in May — two months after issuing his March 25 directive that barred nursing homes and other long-term care locations from turning away thousands of coronavirus-infected seniors. "If I were advising a friend, I would say you have a vulnerable person. Best to keep them at home and not put them in a congregate facility. Keep them in a situation where you have the most control," Cuomo told MSNBC in late May. "That is the blunt truth. That's what I would do with my mother," he continued. Cuomo is now facing calls for his impeachment from his fellow Democrat, New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim. "Cuomo abused his powers to hide life and death information from the Department of Justice that prevented lawmakers from legislating – like fully repealing corporate immunity for nursing homes. That is an impeachable offense," Kim wrote on Twitter on...
    A New Jersey nursing home resident who tested positive for COVID-19 on her 105th birthday has now beaten the virus, crediting her resilience to her ritual of consuming nine gin-soaked raisins a day and 'no junk food'. Lucia DeClerck, who lives at the Mystic Meadows nursing home in Little Egg Harbor, has survived three husbands, two world wars, and now two pandemics. The great-great grandmother, who was two-year-old when the Spanish flu outbreak hit, has now recovered from the coronavirus more than a century later, having tested positive for the disease on January 25.  DeClerck's diagnosis came the day after she received her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Mystic Meadows administrator Michael Neiman told the New York Times.  Despite being considered a high-risk patient on account of her age, Neiman said DeClerck didn't exhibit any serious symptoms of the virus and was back in her room within two weeks,...
    As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing nursing home scandal continues to generate headlines across the nation, a former CNN staffer feels the liberal network’s "conflict of interest" has also become national news and pondered if the governor’s kid brother should be allowed to cover the coronavirus at all. Gov. Cuomo’s little brother, Chris, hosts "Cuomo Prime Time" on CNN, regularly providing a platform last year for the governor to appeal to viewers by conducting playful on-air conversations masquerading as news interviews at the height of the coronavirus pandemic’s early stages. The siblings famously joked about who their mother prefers, performed prop comedy and largely avoided lingering questions about the governor’s role in thousands of nursing home deaths across the Empire State. CNN AND THE DANGEROUS DISTORTION OF TRUTH WHILE NEW YORKERS DIED Cuomo, who his younger brother sometimes adoringly refers to as the "Love Gov," has been accused of withholding...
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    Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean’s sister-in-law Donna Johnson, who lost her parents to COVID-19 after they were exposed in New York assisted living facilities, stressed on Tuesday that people do not go to nursing homes to die. "Our governor gets on TV and says such ridiculous things," Johnson told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "I think the latest thing that has me so saddened is when he talks about nursing home patients, he acts like you go to a nursing home and you die, big deal."  "You don't go to a nursing home and die. It is people's homes," she stressed, noting that some of the assisted living facilities are rehabilitation centers and people of all ages are there. Last month, the Washington Post reported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home, it’s — the people died." "People died. ‘I was in a...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be impeached over the nursing home scandal that saw state officials intentionally obscure the extent of the coronavirus’ death toll on the facilities, frequent critic and state Assemblyman Ron Kim wrote in an opinion piece published Monday. The Democrat-on-Democrat broadside came less than a week after Kim, of Queens, alleged that Cuomo called him while at home, threatening to “destroy” his political career unless he helped mitigate damage from the ballooning scandal. “It is time to be brave, to hold him accountable, to investigate his cover-up of nursing home information,” wrote Kim — whose uncle’s death in a New York City nursing home is suspected to be tied to the pandemic — in the piece for Newsweek. “It is time to undo the bad policies that led to unnecessary deaths. And it is time to start the impeachment process,” Kim wrote. The latest layer of...
              Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is encouraging nursing homes in the states to open for compassionate care visits for residents who have been struggling during the pandemic. DeWine said during a press conference on Monday that he had sent a letter to every nursing home in the state reminding them to stay updated with county positivity rates and to allow for compassionate care visits. According to federal guidelines, nursing homes and assisted care facilities must meet three criteria to allow visitation: no new onset coronavirus cases in the past 14 days, the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing and the county positivity rate is under 10 percent. “Even if the nursing home is not allowed to have visits because they do not meet the three criteria from [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services], visitation can and should still happen in certain circumstances,” DeWine...
    When it pulled into Pier 90 in Manhattan, a crowd of people gathered and cheered. It was a feat to celebrate — in less than 15 days, the Navy got two hospital ships up and running to help with a hospital bed shortage. However, the ship — even after it began taking COVID-19 patients in early April, remained largely unused — while nursing homes accepted COVID-19 positive residents under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order. Now, Cuomo is facing questions into his coronavirus response, including why the ship remained empty as his nursing home order remained in effect. “Everyone is forgetting that the U.S. Navy sent the USS Comfort to New York (at Trump’s direction), and instead of using it, @NYGovCuomo sent the elderly into nursing homes to their deaths. The Comfort left New York empty and unutilized,” Newsmax host John Cardillo tweeted. Everyone is forgetting that the U.S. Navy sent...
    Members of the mainstream media have described Sen. Ted Cruz's ill-timed vacation to Cancun amid the weather crisis plaguing his home state of Texas as a comparable "scandal" to the growing legal woes Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing over the alleged cover-up of nursing home deaths in his state.  Over the weekend, The New York Times ran the headline, "Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can’t Save Them," detailing how the news cycle once dominated by the now-former president cannot divert attention from other political controversies. The story lumped Cruz's aborted getaway with Cuomo's handling of nursing homes.  "For much of the past six years, former President Donald J. Trump has dominated the political conversation, prompting days of outrage, finger-pointing and general news cycle havoc with nearly every tweet. The audacious behavior of other politicians was often lost amid Mr. Trump’s obsessive desire to dominate the coverage," the Times wrote...
    The mainstream media had a "field day" over the weekend focusing on Sen. Ted Cruz's aborted Cancun vacation while all but ignoring the growing legal woes plaguing Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren observed Monday. "The Left and the Leftist media are more concerned and fixated on a Texas senator taking a vacation than they are with a New York governor killing elderly people. Sounds about right," Lahren said on her Fox Nation show "Final Thoughts." CNN and Gov. Cuomo's brother, Chris Cuomo, have made an unprecedented push to downplay and deflect from the Democrat's controversies, with the far-left network giving its developments little to no airtime -- and giving Chris Cuomo free rein to conduct friendly, comical interviews with the scandal-plagued governor. The outspoken conservative acknowledged that Cruz's decision to take a family vacation to Mexico while his constituents suffered through a deadly winter storm without power or running water didn't reflect well...
    Senator Ted Cruz (R- TX) came under serious criticism in the past week for going to Cancun in the middle of Texas being hit by a devastating winter storm. He spoke to Sean Hannity last week about the controversy, and even admitted to Hannity he “had initially planned to stay through the weekend.” He jointed Hannity on Monday night to discuss the Senate confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland. But towards the end of the interview, Hannity brought up the controversy, comparing coverage of Cruz to coverage of Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor facing criticism and growing calls for an investigation over undercounting nursing home deaths. “You dropped off your daughters in Mexico, you came home in a day, probably less than a day,” Hannity said. He called out other media outlets for talking about Cruz but “barely mentioning” the scandal surrounding the New York governor, saying, “You’re like 24/7,...
    ANAHEIM (KABC) -- For many people in nursing homes, the pandemic has resulted in nearly a year of isolation: cut off from loved ones, unable to have visitors or see family face-to-face, let alone share a hug. But now, an innovative idea is helping reunite local families with the help of some Plexiglas.It's called the SmileMakers Station, a Plexiglas setup designed to allow nursing home residents to safely touch and hold their loved ones. Rachel Lumbad was one of the first to try it with her 72-year-old mother at La Palma Nursing Center in Anaheim."Once we got to the patio, I saw the SmileMakers Station. The moment I saw it, I already felt emotional," said Lumbad. "I just said 'Hi Mother, now I can touch you!' I just burst into tears. I held her hand, I was caressing her, I was trying hard to extend my hands and embrace her."It's...
    His name is Anthony Rodriguez. He was an "amazing father" and most commonly seen as the "John Wayne" of the household before he died, his daughter, Joann Rodriguez, told Fox News.  Joann Rodriguez was not only one of his primary caretakers while he was in the nursing home. And her time with him was abruptly cut short earlier this year after more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes.  The Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. It was intended to free up space in hospitals swamped in the early days of the pandemic. WOMAN WHOSE MOTHER DIED IN NY NURSING HOME: GOV. CUOMO, OFFICIALS 'FAILED MISERABLY' Anthony Rodriguez was one of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents who died after the order was implemented.  Joann Rodriguez and her father Anthony Rodriguez (Joann Rodriguez) "They allowed us...
    As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to receive criticism over the COVID-19 nursing home scandal plaguing his administration, he announced Friday a series of reforms he wants to see in the for-profit sector of the industry. Cuomo included the reform plan in an amendment to the budget. Among the items in it include requiring facilities to post rates per payer source online, increasing civil penalties to $25,000 for violations of law, instituting a “salary cap” for management and mandating nursing homes spend at least 70 percent of their revenue on direct patient care. “I will not sign the budget without this nursing home reform plan, period,” the governor said. The announcement came as the governor yet again defended how his administration handled the issue, in which a bipartisan group of lawmakers claims it withheld information on the number of COVID-19 deaths attributable to nursing homes. The governor told...
    Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland pledged Monday that the Justice Department would avoid conflicts of interest in any investigation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the state’s nursing home crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York is reportedly in the early stages of an investigation into the Cuomo administration. The probe, first reported by the Albany Times-Union, is said to be focused on members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force, which includes Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. DeRosa is the senior Cuomo administration aide who admitted his office withheld data on nursing home deaths out of concern it could be used in a federal investigation. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pressed Garland on the situation during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointing out that Audrey Strauss, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, is...
    Cameron Arcand, The Western Journal February 22, 2021 0 Comments New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s web of lies is slowly being undone thanks to an effort to expose what happened in nursing homes during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. There had been suspicion for months that the nursing home death toll may have been fudged in the state, largely in part due to a state directive that allowed for coronavirus patients to be in the facilities, despite the elderly being the most likely group to die from the virus. An investigation conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed that over 15 thousand New Yorkers died in nursing homes as opposed to the originally reported eight thousand. Since the findings have been released, Cuomo’s house of cards has quickly been toppling. A report by New York Attorney General Letitia James says that a survey of...
    A New York assemblyman who accused Andrew Cuomo of berating him during a phone call, has penned an op-ed calling for the governor to be impeached over the COVID-19 nursing home scandal.  Earlier this month, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo's secretary, unleashed a political firestorm when she admitted to state Democrats that the administration had deliberately hid data on the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.  Days after that revelation, Assemblyman Ron Kim claimed that the governor made threats as part of an effort to get him to 'cover up' for DeRosa's admission.  Now, Kim is standing up to the governor and even wrote an op-ed for Newsweek calling for his impeachment.  'We cannot be numb to the fact that 15,000 people died in nursing homes under Governor Cuomo's watch,' Kim wrote.  New York Assemblyman Ron Kim (right) who accused Andrew Cuomo (left) of berating him during a phone call, has...
    CNN host Brian Stelter compared Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to former President Donald Trump on Monday, saying that Cuomo has resorted to “media bashing” following the news of his alleged cover up of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes. Stelter appeared on “CNN Newsroom” alongside host Brianna Keilar and discussed Cuomo’s threats against the media in their coverage of the nursing home scandal. (RELATED: ‘You Will Be Held Accountable’: Congressman Lays Out Possible Federal Case Against Andrew Cuomo) “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a new target in his sights. The media. Cuomo is under fire over accusations that he and his administration covered up thousands of Covid related deaths from nursing homes. The governor, taking aim at the media with a not-so-veiled threat,” Keilar began, before playing a video of Cuomo attacking the media over “misinformation” during a press conference and saying he would...
    PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured a new Brooklyn mega site Monday in a push for members of the minority community to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but the nursing home scandal continues to dog him. Call it, escape from Albany. READ MORE: New Rapid COVID Testing Sites In New York City Expected To Accelerate Reopening Cuomo brought members of the faith community and lawmakers to eyeball preparations for a new site at Medgar Evers College that can administer up to 3,000 shots a day to people living in underserved communities, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here “Blacks died at twice the rate of whites....
    A grieving trio of siblings who lost their mother to COVID-19 called out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a "bully" Monday and demanded answers about his decision-making that led to the ongoing nursing home scandal. Phil Minissale told "America Reports" that Cuomo must be "held accountable for what he did." He added that the Democrat "blames everybody else, but himself." "That’s what a bully does and we’re just not happy with the whole situation," Minissale added.  "Every news conference comes on, we know it’s just a fabrication, and this has got to stop so we’re calling for an investigation." Minissale said he is aware that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn have reportedly begun an investigation into how Cuomo’s administration handled the state’s nursing home crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, but is also calling for a nonpartisan investigation by the state legislature. VideoThe current investigation is not yet far along and is focused on top members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force,...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and officials in his administration face allegations they covered up the true death toll due to COVID-19 in nursing homes. The state’s tally of deaths in nursing homes had excluded those confirmed in hospitals after residents had been transferred there. Federal and state officials have launched investigations into the Cuomo administration to determine the extent to which the state health department withheld the true death count. Here is a timeline of the controversy: March 1 — The first case of COVID-19 in New York state is confirmed. March 7 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency as statewide case tally reaches 76. March 25 — The Cuomo administration issues nursing home advisory directing nursing homes in the state to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. As long as they were medically stable, the...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday declined to say whether he or any members of his office had been subpoenaed in connection with ongoing investigations into how the administration handled nursing home care during the pandemic. When asked during a conference call about any potential subpoenas, Cuomo said his office has been complying with an inquiry since August and will continue to do so. He did not, however, speak directly to the subpoena question. Cuomo will allow visits to nursing homes starting on Friday in some areas, depending on the local rate of transmission. Visitation will be limited and specific guidance will be determined by the county’s positivity rate. NY REPUBLICANS CRANK UP PRESSURE TO STRIP CUOMO'S EMERGENCY POWERS AMID GROWING SCANDAL Cuomo’s office has come under mounting scrutiny over how it handled nursing home patient care and how it reported patient deaths, including intentionally underreporting fatalities for fear that...
    President Biden’s pick for attorney general largely avoided weighing in on the Justice Department’s investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, though he promised that no one with a conflict of interest would lead such an inquiry. Judge Merrick Garland was pressed by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz during his confirmation hearing on Monday about the FBI and the Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office investigation into Cuomo’s nursing home orders and reports of a possible cover-up of nursing home death data during the coronavirus pandemic. “Nine senators wrote a letter to Chairman Durbin asking this committee to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies concerning COVID and sending COVID-positive individuals into nursing homes. A senior aide of his admitted to a cover-up to hide information from the Department of Justice,” Cruz said. “You’ve committed to a number of investigations here at this hearing today...
    Nursing homes in New York will resume indoor visitation this week with certain testing restrictions in place depending on the county’s progress in combating COVID-19. Testing will not be required in counties with a positivity rate below 5 percent, while rapid testing will be required for any visitors in counties with a positivity rate between 5 percent and 10 percent. Regular visitation will not be allowed in counties with a positivity rate above 10 percent. Visits will also only be permitted at nursing homes that go 14 days without a COVID-19 case inside the facility within staff or residents. Facilities will have a designated visiting room to ensure residents are alone with their visitors, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said, while previous precautions such as facial coverings and social distancing will still be enforced. Anyone who receives the full COVID-19 vaccination will also not have to be...
    Democratic New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim called for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be impeached over the ongoing nursing home scandal in a Monday op-ed for Newsweek. Kim, who accused Cuomo of threatening to “destroy him” over a phone call last week, has come out in support of impeaching Cuomo, the New York Post reported. (RELATED: New York Democrats Look To Censure Andrew Cuomo) Democrat Ron Kim calls for Cuomo to be impeached over nursing home scandal https://t.co/gaikZtygk4 pic.twitter.com/cBIcXXt4ct — New York Post (@nypost) February 22, 2021 “It is time to be brave, to hold him accountable, to investigate his cover-up of nursing home information,” said Kim in an op-ed for Newsweek. In his op-ed, Kim accused Cuomo of covering up thousands of nursing home COVID-19 deaths and bullying those that wouldn’t cover up his “crime.” Kim cited a call between Cuomo’s top aide Mellissa DeRosa and...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home scandal could lead to federal charges, according to a longtime prosecutor. John Daukas, who was acting attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Donald Trump, said that Cuomo could face criminal charges after underreporting nursing home deaths and then attempting to cover it up. Earlier story - COVID-19: Nursing Home Scandal Fallout Increases As More Dems Turn On Cuomo, Feds Launch Probe In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Daukas said that Cuomo’s administration misled the public, and the Justice Department’s Civil Division has the jurisdiction to investigate Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Daukas made note that the Justice Department requested nursing home data in October on more than 600 privately run nursing homes, though they were stonewalled by Cuomo’s administration, claiming that the federal government was politicizing the virus. “(Top Cuomo aide) Melissa DeRosa’s reported admissions indicate the...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain tore into CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Monday over what she called the "comedy shows" he held with his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, last year amid the brewing nursing home scandal.  Chris Cuomo, along with CNN, have made an unprecedented push to downplay and deflect from the controversies surrounding the New York governor, with the far-left network giving developments in the nursing home scandal little to no airtime -- while giving the "Cuomo Prime Time" host free rein to conduct friendly, comical interviews with the scandal-plagued governor in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the anchor took a swipe at McCain over a viral clip of remarks she made on "The View" in which she criticized White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci over the vaccine timeline and the uncertainty of when Americans in her age and health bracket will be eligible to get vaccinated.  "The fact that I,...
    Bradley Cortright February 22, 2021 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is now facing a call for his impeachment over his administration’s handling of nursing homes from a member of his own party. In an op-ed published in Newsweek on Monday, New York Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) wrote, “By now, much of the world has seen New York’s Emmy-award winning governor and ‘COVID-19 hero’ Andrew Cuomo come under fire for New York’s growing nursing home scandal.” “And then, to cover his tracks, the Governor may have obstructed justice by suppressing life and death data from the Department of Justice; his office underestimated the number of nursing home deaths by up to fifty percent,” he added. New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) released a report last month that found Cuomo’s administration underreported the number of deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%, as IJR reported. Kim noted...
    Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general pick, declined to get into details on Monday about the COVID-19 nursing home disaster that plagued New York following Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate. Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy asked Garland how he would have handled COVID-19 had he been chief judge when the pandemic began. Kennedy wondered if he “would have adopted a rule that” deemed it “discriminatory” to ask someone to take a COVID-19 test to return to work after the individual went to the hospital for the virus and was treated and released. Garland said “no,” he would not have adopted that rule. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Fox News’ Janice Dean Slams ‘Liberal Media,’ Says They Played Role In Covering For Gov. Cuomo’s Nursing Home Failure) Kennedy followed this up by wondering aloud if this is “what happened with a lot of our nursing homes throughout the country.” While Kennedy did not name...
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    New York : In the middle of mighty ‘tsunami’ who persecutes Governor Andrew Cuomo for his management against nursing homes During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, this Monday the state president announced that family visits to these centers may be resumed next Friday, March 26, with a series of restrictions. According to the new guidance from the State Department of Health (DOH), no evidence required for visits in counties where positivity is less than 5%. However, in these localities, although it is not compulsory, it is strongly recommended to carry out discard tests. In counties with a 5 to 10% positivity, tests will be required within the Previous 72 hours to visit. In the Big Apple until this Sunday the infection rate remained at 4.48% in the mobile period of the last seven days, although specifically The Bronx returns 5.77% of positivity. Dr. Howard Zucker, state health...
    His name is Carlos Gallegos. He was a beloved 80-year-old father, grandfather and great-grandfather who attended every family gathering and loved his ex-wife with his whole heart till the day he died.  Gallegos was one of tens of thousands of nursing home patients who succumbed to COVID-19 in a facility far away from his loved ones.  WOMAN WHOSE MOTHER DIED IN NY NURSING HOME: GOV. CUOMO, OFFICIALS 'FAILED MISERABLY' It was a day his daughter, Maria Porteus, will never forget.  Early in the pandemic, more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes under the Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive, according to new records obtained by The Associated Press. What ended up happening to Gallegos was a nightmare to Porteus and droves of families whose loved ones lived in long-term care facilities.  Maria Porteus holds up a sign of her father Carlos Gallegos...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pick to chair a state ethics commission is raising eyebrows. The governor tapped an attorney from his inner circle to replace Michael Rozen, who abruptly resigned as the chairman of New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) on Feb. 10. The reason for Rozen's resignation remains unclear but did come as tensions over Cuomo's nursing home scandal hit a fever pitch.  Cuomo's new pick for the position — attorney Camille Joseph Varlack —is no stranger to the Cuomo administration. Varlack previously served under the embattled governor in multiple roles including deputy director of state operations, chief risk officer and special counsel.  In her role as chief risk officer of JCOPE, Varlack managed a network of attorneys planted into 24 state agencies monitoring for ethical violations, the Times-Union reports. The role of the "special counsels" in JCOPE was to effectively play defense for the Cuomo administration by tracking and dealing...
    New York State lawmakers on Monday sought to move forward with an effort to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of emergency powers awarded to him during the coronavirus pandemic amid controversy over how his administration handled patient care at New York-area nursing homes. Republicans in the state legislature held a press conference as they prepared to introduce legislation to immediately take those executive powers away from Cuomo, with hopes it could be formally approved by Monday night. "This isn't following the science. This is arbitrarily making decisions that might be best for the governor, but I'm not sure they're best for the people in New York State," New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay said. "This is the time to take away those executive powers from the governor." Cuomo’s expanded powers have allowed him to issue widespread executive orders intended to protect the public health throughout the pandemic. A spokesperson...
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