Report: Cuomo’s Top Aide Says New York Hid ‘Nursing-Home Death Toll’: ‘We Froze’ Out Of Fear Of Fed Spotlight

Report: Cuomo’s Top Aide Says New York Hid ‘Nursing-Home Death Toll’: ‘We Froze’ Out Of Fear Of Fed Spotlight


According to the New York Post, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide — reportedly “privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’s nursing-home death toll from COVID-19.”

The New York Post reports that DeRosa told state Democratic leaders during a video conference call that “‘we froze’ out of fear the true numbers would ‘be used against us.’” During the call, DeRosa reportedly explained that the Cuomo administration’s decision to rebuff a “legislative request” for the COVID-19 death count in August was in large part motivated by the thought that “right around the same time, [then-President Donald Trump] turns this into a giant political football.”

The report continues to quote DeRosa, who allegedly said, “He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes. He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

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