Report: Cuomo gave preferential treatment to family for COVID-19 testing

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 25, 2021 09:43 AM
Created: March 25, 2021 08:12 AM

The Cuomo administration is facing more scrutiny. There are new accusations that the governor gave preferential treatment when it comes to testing in the early days of the pandemic to family members and others in his circle.

The Albany Times Union was the first to report these allegations, citing three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The paper claims state health officials were directed to test the governor’s mother, brother — CNN anchor Chris Cuomo — and at least one sister. 

The report goes on to say the testing happened at their respective homes and their samples were moved to the front of the line for analysis.

A senior Cuomo advisor responded to our NBC affiliate in New York saying these are “sincere efforts to rewrite the past,” adding, “There was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing. We were absolutely going above and beyond to get people tested and door-to-door in places like New Rochelle.”

Among those who were tested were legislators, reporters, and state workers and their families — all people who the advisor says could potentially spread the virus.

CNN released a statement saying it's not surprising that when Chris Cuomo was showing symptoms of COVID-19 and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance.


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