"Alessandra Biaggi, Jabari Brisport, Samra Brouk, Jeremy Cooney, Andrew Gounardes, Robert Jackson, John C. Liu, John Mannion, Rachel May, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Gustavo Rivera, Julia Salazar, James Sanders, and James Skoufis", per PIX11.
AP Wire Services were used in this report.
"Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately - both by the Attorney General of New York State and the U.S. Department of Justice", Stefanik wrote in a statement.
"While Covid-19 has tested the limits of our people and state ... it is clear that the expanded emergency powers granted to the governor are no longer appropriate", they said.
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.
"While the executive's authority to issue directives is due to expire on April 30, we urge the Senate to advance and adopt a repeal as expeditiously as possible", they said. "The governor needs to demand the immediate resignation of anyone involved in this cover-up, and if he was aware, he must be removed from office".
Though Cuomo has repeatedly called out the federal government for politicizing COVID-19 and the vaccine, Ortt said that it was the governor who was guilty of "playing political football". On Wednesday, administration officials held a meeting on the issue with Democrat committee chairs.
"And basically, we froze", DeRosa told lawmakers.
A Cuomo aide, Melissa DeRosa, was reported to have discussed the findings with Democratic lawmakers, apologizing for the administration's failure to provide data to the state's health department and expressed sensitivity for the "political position" that this failure had placed her fellow lawmakers.
"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 stated.
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. We informed the houses of this at the time. "If the governor had said, look we made a mistake, I made a mistake and we tried to correct that mistake, I think New Yorkers would have accepted that because this pandemic has had so many unknowns".
Martucci, a freshman lawmaker, said former US Attorney Preet Bharara should be appointed, with subpoena power, to investigate the Cuomo administration and its handling of the nursing home COVID-19 situation.
"As I said on a call with legislators, we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked", she added. The document suggests that, instead of 8,711 deaths reported as of late January, the number may be as high as 13,000.