Governor's office legal counsel responds to NY Times report |

Governor's office legal counsel responds to NY Times report

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo | Photo: File.

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 29, 2021 08:46 PM
Created: April 29, 2021 09:45 AM

Legal counsel for the governor’s office says the nursing home “brouhaha” is “overblown.” That was part of a statement released after the New York Times reported the governor and his aides hid the state's true death numbers in nursing homes for months.

That report prompted renewed calls for Cuomo to step down. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara of Rotterdam and state Sen. Jim Tedisco of Glenville both called it a cover-up.

Response from Elkin Abramowitz, legal counsel for the Governor’s office:

“The whole brouhaha here is overblown to the point where there are cynical suggestions offered for the plain and simple truth that the chamber wanted only to release accurate information that they believed was totally unassailable."

“The chamber was never satisfied that the numbers that they were getting from D.O.H. were accurate." 

“The chamber responded to the D.O.J. request with what they deemed to be totally accurate numbers. They didn’t want to have a public debate about other numbers at the same time.”

“What’s going on in the press now is exactly what the chamber wanted to avoid while William Barr was A.G.”

“(The Governor) was interested in putting out only accurate information to highlight the contrast between Albany and Washington."

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