Then it emerged that top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa had told Democratic lawmakers that the tally of nursing home residents' deaths at hospitals - data that legislators had sought since August - was delayed because officials anxious that the information was "going to be used against us" by the Trump administration's Department of Justice.
"New York as everybody knows was ground zero for COVID and nursing homes were and still are ground zero for COVID and losing a loved one is very, very painful", Cuomo said.
The report noted that the Office of the Attorney General "asked 62 nursing homes for information about on-site and in-hospital deaths from COVID-19 for the week of March 1 to the date of the facility's response, which varied from the week of April 12 to July 19".
Andrew Cuomo spoke to press on Monday and blamed the "toxic political environment" for the nursing home deaths cover-up, saying that he wanted to get the "facts" straight regarding the nursing home scandal in his state.
Demands for the governor's resignation escalated last week after his secretary, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that the administration delayed the release of data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.
"This past year, there is a toxic political environment, and everything gets politicized".
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"The right to vote is one of the sacred pillars of our democracy, and as we continue to fight the war on COVID, we can't put democracy on hold", Cuomo said in a statement on Sunday. DeRosa said President Donald Trump had turned the nursing home issue into "a political football", and the Cuomo administration feared the information "was going to be used against us". One percent. NY is 34 in nursing home deaths as a percentage of total deaths.
"This is not about politics, but people's lives", she said. "They're all made on the best information the medical professionals had at the time".
It was horrific. And then the void in information we created started misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories. In my opinion, yes, and I think that's what created the void.
Responding to a reporter's question later, he added: "I accept responsibility for that".
The Governor's major excuse for the failure of his Administration to provide accurate, timely information to the public was, 'We were busy.' This is a pathetic response coming from a man who had the time to publish and promote a book about his pandemic response while New Yorkers clamored for the truth.