Cuomo aide admits state withheld nursing home data fearing DOJ investigation

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio makes declarations at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

A spokesperson for the governor's office told PIX11 News the website worked as it should, but the high demand for appointments caused some users to end up on the "high volume" page.

The petition states that "it is clear that the expanded emergency powers granted to the Governor are no longer appropriate", and calls on the Senate to repeal them as expeditiously as possible, even before they are set to automatically expire on April 30th.

But the state identified 11 more cases of the highly contagious United Kingdom virus variant - eight in New York City; two in Suffolk County; and one in Rockland County, which was that county's first case.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday called for "full accounting" for NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo following an alleged coverup of the true numbers of the elderly who died of the coronavirus in state-run nursing homes. The New York Post reported details of the call Thursday night.

Cuomo was already facing criticism after a report from his own attorney general accused his administration of undercounting nursing-home deaths.

DeRosa said the Cuomo administration had delayed the release of data on Covid-19 deaths among long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, according to the transcript.

On Friday, 14 Democrat state senators released a joint statement calling for the governor's emergency powers that he was given during the pandemic to be revoked.

DeRosa also responded after the report's publishing. That said, there are still a lot of unknowns at this time such as exact information on quantities that we may receive or what the precise timeline of delivery will be.

"I only think it should be used in extraordinary cases, but when you really have lost confidence in the leadership in your state, I think the opportunity should exist for the majority of the people to say we want something different". We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout. Andrew Gounardes, a Brooklyn Democrat, tweeted.

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose sprawling district covers upstate New York's North Country region through the Adirondack Mountains up to the Canadian border, went further.

During a Zoom call with state legislators, Melissa DeRosa, the Secretary to the Governor who found herself at the center of the controversy, said that the state is prepared to do better moving forward and will share more information to keep New Yorkers healthy during the pandemic.

New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy held a press conference Friday morning to take Cuomo to task, telling reporters he did not believe Cuomo would resign but that he should face investigations, censure, and the removal of his executive powers granted by the Legislature at the outset of the pandemic.



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