New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo is in a heap of trouble related to his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. His secretary, Melissa DeRosa, accidentally let slip a bombshell revelation that Cuomo and his staff hid the true number of nursing home deaths related to COVID-19 from Justice Department investigators for fear that the information “was going to be used against us.” The slip reportedly came during a video conference call with New York Democratic lawmakers on Thursday. The NY Department of Health reported on January 27th, 2021 that the number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes in the state was 5,957 with an additional 2,783 deaths suspected to be related to COVID. But on Wednesday the state revealed that the actual number was more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths in NY nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The nursing home numbers are under scrutiny because Cuomo has been harshly criticized for sending over 9,000 recovering COVID-19 patients back to their nursing homes, a policy that he has steadfastly defended.
With the shocking revelation of misrepresented numbers, NY State Assemblyman Michael Montesano has called for the legislative body to explore the possibility of impeaching Governor Cuomo. U.S Representative from New York Tom Reed seconded the effort in his home state and called for criminal charges to be brought against Ms. DeRosa for obstruction of justice.