An explosive report released by the New York Times on Thursday night alleges that top aides to embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) rewrote a report that was prepared by New York Department of Health Officials in June of 2020 to omit numerous nursing home deaths that had occurred in the state. The governor yesterday, of course, apologizing and insisting he will not resign.
The state's attorney general launched an investigation. "By the way, it was my father's way of greeting people", he said in reference to his late father, former Governor Mario Cuomo.
DAVE EVANS: Bill, I think today's poll reflects the sentiment of most elected Democrats in NY, and that is let's wait until this investigation is over.
New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, speaks during a news conference June 23, 2015, at the Capitol in Albany. The Governor repeatedly said he never touched anyone inappropriately.
Boylan elaborated on her accusations in a February 24 Medium post in which she said Cuomo once suggested a game of strip poker and on another occasion kissed her without her consent.
The Times report also notes that the controversial decision, which was allegedly carried out by top Cuomo aides Melissa DeRosa and Linda Lacewell, was finalized just days before Cuomo sought approval from a state ethics agency to earn money from book sales - ultimately, Cuomo was paid an advance of $783,000 by Harper Collins to write a book about how he handled the pandemic, due in large part to the fact that he had successfully convinced many people that his office had handled the pandemic well.
Cuomo did not deny the reports in a statement released by his office late Thursday.
"I don't believe that this change will create a local opportunity to loosen restrictions because that is not, the way I understand, how the proposal works", Wexler said.
"It didn't feel like I had a choice" when it came to answering his questions, she said.
"I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable", he said.
DAVE EVANS: Today, former USA attorney Preet Bharara said investigators will face a challenge when it comes to Cuomo.
PREET BHARARA: But Andrew Cuomo has led a political career in which he has made it clear to adversaries or people who challenge him or question him, including investigators in the past, that there will be a price to pay if you cross him, or you question, or you hurt him.
According to ABC News, when a reporter asked Cuomo if he would resign, Cuomo said no. I work for the people of the state of NY.
"I feel like people put the onus on the woman to shut that conversation down".
In a few hours the New York State legislature will vote to decide whether or not to strip Gov. Cuomo of his emergency powers that were given to him early in the pandemic, to make decisions about things like quarantines without legislative oversight.
"This is a tough footrace, but the infection rate is down and the vaccination rate is up, and New Yorkers will get through this together as long as we stay in touch and keep this momentum heading in the right direction", he added.