DeBlasio Calls out new york mayor Andrew Cuomo's Alleged Nursing Home Death Cover-Up

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday called for a “full accounting” of whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration withheld information about deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in nursing homes across the state.


The alleged coverup of New York’s nursing home deaths was first reported by the New York Post. In an audio recording obtained by the Post, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s chief of staff, told a small group of Democratic lawmakers that the governor’s office “basically froze” when they were asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to turn in the data, because they worried that then-President Donald Trump would use the information as a “giant political football” against them.
[President Trump] starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said during the private call, according to the NY Post. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
De Blasio, who has frequently been at odds with Cuomo over the handling of the CCP virus pandemic, said the Post’s report is “really disturbing” and “very troubling.”
It’s very troubling. We’ve got to know more. We now need a full accounting of what happened,” de Blasio said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer show.”
“We now need a full accounting of what happened,” he said. “Think about seniors who—their lives were in the balance and their families just desperate to get them the help they needed. We need to know exactly what happened here. We need to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”
The mayor’s comments came as DeRosa sought to clarify her remarks, saying in a statement that the governor’s office was “comprehensive and transparent” in its responses to the Justice Department.

“I was explaining that when we received the DOJ inquiry, we needed to temporarily set aside the Legislature’s request to deal with the federal request first,” she said. “As I said on a call with legislators, we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked. But we are committed to being better partners going forward as we share the same goal of keeping New Yorkers as healthy as possible during the pandemic.”
In August 2020, the Justice Department requested governors of states which had “issued COVID-19 orders that may have resulted in deaths of elderly nursing home residents,” namely Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, to turn over data on deaths in those long-term care facilities. Cuomo, joined by Whitmer, pushed back against those inquiries, arguing in a joint statement that they were but a “nakedly partisan deflection” targeting states run by Democrats.

Cuomo response ----- he Insists That All NY Nursing Home Deaths "Accurately Reported" In First Briefing Since "COVID Coverup"

Update (1434ET): Gov. Andrew Cuomo's epic President's Day afternoon press briefing has just wrapped up, and just as we suspected, Cuomo wanted to talk about the groundswell of support in the Empire State to finally dethrone a governor who has survived numerous scandals and primary challengers (not to mention 2.5 terms as governor), about as much as reporters wanted to interrupt their holiday weekend to ask him about it.
But in what was perhaps an encouraging sign, Cuomo was ready, and instead of waiting for reporters to ask the question at a post-briefing Q&A, the governor and his team apparently felt this was big enough to strike first, and launched a fusillade of Cuomo disinformation, a mix of "actually running things is hard", "do you remember what life was like a year ago?", with just a pinch of NY's in-the-works reopening plan to keep people interested through the first ten minutes.
Before actually working his way up to his office's claim, Cuomo spun a narrative, which relied on a complicated timeline of the virus's assault on New York State, with some sobbing about Dr. Fauci and NY's top public health official. First, Cuomo tried to distract the press by claiming that the first case of the South African COVID strain had been identified in a New York hospital, but in a patient who had arrived after being "transferred" from neighboring Connecticut.


"To be clear, all deaths in nursing homes and hospitals were fully, publicly and accurately reported," Cuomo said.
"There was a delay in providing the press and the public with providing all that additional information."
After the big denial, Cuomo continued by warning that the problem with the state's nursing homes needs to be fixed before the next pandemic, and that hospitals that have "these issues" must be "improved", or else they might "fail" during the next pandemic. Cuomo also repeated that the DoJ was asking about 'private' for-profit nursing homes, as if to try and shift more responsibility off the state.
The governor concluded that "I understand the public had many questions and concerns..." but Cuomo and his office were so slammed trying to report data to the DoJ, that the state simply didn't have time to give the full picture. This, in Cuomo's terms, irresponsibly created a "vacuum" in which "conspiracy theorists" flourished.
The governor laid it on pretty thick toward the end. Because even with the "best medical professionals and advice on the globe", "the truth is...with all we know...people still die in nursing homes today...we're testing the staff twice a week...you would have to hermetically seal the nursing home." And we definitely don't have the budget for that...not in New York State.
For review, Cuomo's real sin was "not providing the information". That mistake "created a void" in which "conspiracy theorists" flourished and had the gall to question the governor's handling of the pandemic after somebody gave a hot tape of Cuomo's chief of staff talking to legislative leaders in political terms.

“This past year there is a toxic political environment and everything gets politicized,” he added, saying that “[t]here is political spin and there are facts.”

Cuomo laid it on thick, choking back tears at times and entering the now ubiquitious "whisper mode" made famous by President Biden when he really wants you to know he is emoting.


During the Q&A, a local TV news reporter tried to sneak in what was probably a planted question, since Cuomo went on to reaffirm that his office prioritized the federal request from the DoJ, though Cuomo insists that both the State Senate and Assembly were made aware of the DoJ request.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding his first press briefing since his alleged cover-up of New York's nursing home deaths was exposed last week.

The alleged coverup was first reported by the New York Post. In an audio recording obtained by the Post, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s chief of staff, told a small group of Democratic lawmakers that the governor’s office “basically froze” when they were asked by the U.S. Department of Justice to turn in the data, because they worried that then-President Donald Trump would use the information as a “giant political football” against them.

[President Trump] starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said during the private call, according to the NY Post.
He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
As we detailed earlier, even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday called for a “full accounting” of whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration withheld information about deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in nursing homes across the state.
It’s very troubling. We’ve got to know more. We now need a full accounting of what happened,” de Blasio said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer show.”
We suspect Cuomo will ignore it in all his prepared remarks and updates but hopefully at least one reporter will have the courage to ask...or can Cuomo somehow 'filibuster' his way through it unscathed?

BY Tyler Durden ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD

Monday, Feb 15, 2021 - 11:30
Authored by Gq Pan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
 

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