The Andrew Cuomo nursing home scandal has been blowing up and it’s important to distinguish between the truth, the lies, and what we just don’t know yet. Early on during the pandemic, Governor Cuomo was seen as an effective communicator with millions tuning in to watch his daily press briefings on how the virus was affecting New York. As time went on, Cuomo began getting more scrutiny of his handling of COVID-positive nursing home residents and his decision to keep them in care-assisted facilities rather than the makeshift hospitals set up to deal with the virus. In a second layer of the scandal, it’s alleged that once they realized this was a bad idea, at Cuomo's direction, nursing home COVID deaths were undercounted to the tune of thousands. New York now acknowledges that its nursing home death numbers were initially reported as 40% lower than the true number.
Separately, there are allegations of Andrew Cuomo engaging in a coverup of the nursing home scandal and bullying subordinates and New York lawmakers over it. Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens claimed that Cuomo threatened to end his career because he criticized the administration’s lack of transparency with the legislature. Separately, there are new allegations of inappropriate sexual advances and conduct by Cuomo. Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor as an aide, said that on a private jet Cuomo suggested playing strip poker, which made her feel uncomfortable. All of these allegations need to be thoroughly investigated, and every possible consequence, including removal from office, needs to be on the table.
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