Updated: April 29, 2021 07:57 PM
Created: April 28, 2021 04:03 PM
The New York Times is reporting Gov. Cuomo’s aides spent months hiding the state's nursing home death toll.
The newspaper reports the governor's political team repeatedly overruled health officials, suppressed data, and blocked transparency for months.
The full data on nursing home deaths wasn't released until this year.
The Cuomo administration's handling of nursing home death data is now the subject of a federal investigation.
The governor's office has said their reporting of deaths is accurate, Elkin Abramowitz, legal counsel for the Governor’s office released the following statement:
“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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