Rep. Malliotakis to Newsmax: Still Questions On Cuomo's Nursing Homes Data (Newsmax/"The Chris Salcedo Show")
By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 11 August 2021 06:59 PM
New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis urged on Newsmax, that her state's Assembly Judiciary Committee continue its investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding his handling of nursing homes, and other matters, and to not simply accept his resignation.
Appearing on "The Chris Salcedo Show," Malliotakis said, "that we [shouldn't] just accept [Cuomo's] resignation in lieu of accountability. And so, I've been pushing the Assembly Judiciary Committee to pursue and continue its investigation because they were looking at all facets of this. They were looking at the sexual harassment, they were looking at his directive to put COVID-positive patients into the nursing homes with our most vulnerable. Even when there were alternatives set up like the U.S. Navy Comfort ship that President Trump sent to New York City."
"So," she adds, "I think that the Assembly Judiciary Committee must move forward with this…[and] sheriffs and district attorneys from around the state, from various counties, also pursuing to see if there was criminality in…[Cuomo's] sexual harassment. And I think that this must continue. We must push for those answers."
According to a report issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James's office on the "Nursing Home Response to [the] COVID-19 Pandemic," the number of deaths attributed to nursing homes as a result of COVID-19 was underreported by 55.74 percent. According to the OAG report, the New York Department of Health stated that 1,229 people died from COVID-19 associated with nursing homes. But what the attorney general's report reveals is that upon closer inspection, the actual number was 1,914 deaths. That's a marked difference of over 50 percent.
That report was issued on Jan. 28. According to a timeline provided by local New York news station CBS 2, on Feb. 12, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo's top aide, issued a statement explaining that the Cuomo's administration delayed delivery of the nursing home data for fear it would be "used against" them by the Trump administration.
New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim decried DeRosa's comments stating, "you can't hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process."