"This past year, there is a toxic political environment", he said, "and everything gets politicized".
"All the deaths in the nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported", the Democratic governor said, weeks after the state was forced to acknowledge that its count of nursing home deaths excluded thousands of residents who perished after being taken to hospitals. McCain tweeted in response to a New York Post report about Cuomo's negligence.
A top Cuomo staffer then said that the deaths were intentionally obfuscated, so that there wouldn't be an issue with regard to that undercount.
Under fire over his management of the coronavirus' lethal path through New York's nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn't cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.
Cuomo said that "nationwide, 36 percent of the [COVID] deaths are in the nursing homes".
DeRosa says they were anxious it would be used against them in a federal investigation. "NY state legislature also sent a letter asking for information on nursing homes".
The governor said his team informed staffers at the New York State Assembly and Senate that their request for data was on hold until the DOJ request was fulfilled last August. "We did give the DOJ request precedence".
No word was forthcoming on Cuomo's part about why the two requests couldn't have been handled at the same time, since it was essentially the same information being requested by both parties.
Given the controversy that has blown up, we're sure that McCain will have much more to say about Cuomo on The View.
The Democrat added that of the 365 nursing homes that received a recovering COVID_19 patient from a hospital, 98% of the facilities had already reported COVID-19 exposure prior to the patient's re-entry. When asked if he felt the need to apologize, the NY governor said his team's failure to publicly address concerns created a "void" that allowed the spread of "conspiracy theories". "The truth is everybody did everything they could".