- FOX NEWS - Feb 13, 2021 -
Fox News reached out to all 150 members of the Democrat-controlled Assembly for reaction
Lawmakers of both parties in New York are strongly condemning Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration-- with some calling for his resignation or removal from office-- after a top aide admitted to withholding accurate data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes amidst a Justice Department probe of the matter, over a dozen members of the state Assembly told Fox News on Friday.
Fox News reached out to all 150 members of the Democratic-controlled Assembly for reaction to the nursing home scandal, which took a new turn Thursday when Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, revealed the administration concealed COVID-19 data for fear it could "be used against us" by the Justice Department in the midst of its federal probe initiated against four states regarding nursing home deaths, including New York.
Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay of Fulton in Central New York, told Fox News in a statement that he finds it "hardly surprising" that Cuomo buried information that later showed nursing home deaths had topped 15,000 when weeks prior his Health Department reported deaths were below 6,000.
"There must be accountability. It seems every decision coming out of the governor's office is about ‘Team Cuomo’ protecting its own image and own interests," Barclay said.
"More than 15,000 seniors died in nursing homes and adult-care facilities, but the governor was clearly more worried about a Department of Justice investigation and political finger-pointing. Public health took a back seat to public relations. This administration intentionally withheld information from the public, from the press, from lawmakers and from the thousands of families who lost loved ones."
Barclay, like many Republican lawmakers at the state and federal level, is calling for a deeper, criminal investigation into Cuomo's handling of the pandemic, demanding that state authorities issue subpoenas and hold public hearings.