New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s star has finally fallen. Even New York Democrats have turned against the once-lauded governor as new information regarding his handling of his state’s nursing home crisis comes out.
New York State Sen. John Liu (D) announced on Monday that he and other Democrat lawmakers are now pushing to remove Cuomo’s emergency powers.
The walls are closing in
Liu explained that Cuomo has been in possession of emergency powers for nearly a year and that with new information about COVID-19, those powers have “outlived their usefulness.”
“There have been lots of revelations in recent weeks and months, and in particular last week, that raises significantly the level of concern that we have, ” Liu told Fox’s Gerard Baker.
“And it’s also been almost a year since the governor had these emergency powers,” Liu added. “We granted him those powers in a time when we knew nothing about this pandemic and the extreme hardship and pure death it would wreck on our city, country, and the world.”
“Almost a year later, we have much more information about COVID-19 and we see the light at the end of the tunnel in the vaccine being distributed here in New York and around the country, and so, the emergency powers that were given to him nearly a year ago seem to have outlived their usefulness,” Liu concluded.
Other state Democrats put it even more bluntly. Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) told the New York Post that “all of it is B.S.” and that Cuomo and his administration engaged in a cover-up to protect themselves.
“They could have given us the information back in May and June of last year. They chose not to,” said Kim.
Full panic mode
Cuomo is currently in full panic mode as his office attempts to push back against accusations that they concealed data showing the impact of Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home executive order issued in March of 2020.
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) fired back at Cuomo’s excuses for why his office refused to release the information to state lawmakers in a timely manner.
“No, @NYGovCuomo , you did not tell the `entire’ Senate or Assembly that there was a DOJ investigation, as the reason why you didn’t share the nursing home numbers,” she said in a tweet. “I found out about a DOJ investigation with the rest of NY’ers in the @nypost story Thursday night.”
State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) chimed in with claims that Cuomo is outright lying in another tweet:
If the Governor had actually informed the legislature months ago that his office was withholding the data they had on total nursing home deaths, there would’ve been no need for them to have a call with a group of legislators last week to inform them of this for the first time.
Governor can claim (as he’s done) that they withheld the data bc they thought it would be used against them by the DOJ(!). But claiming they informed the legislature is a lie on top of a lie. If he’d been honest in the first place, he may have had one bad news cycle. But now?