New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has the final nail in the coffin in the political career of disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
DiNapoli will issue a scathing audit Tuesday on how Cuomo’s state health department intentionally mislead the public and suppressed facts in reporting COVID deaths at nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic.
The state health department “was not transparent,” the audit states bluntly. It “routinely under reported death counts,” by as much as 100%. From April 2020 to February 2021, it failed to account for 4,100 nursing-home lives lost to the virus, falling “far short” of its “moral” responsibilities.
Here’s hoping that DiNapoli’s long overdue report will end Cuomo’s ridiculous comeback campaign once and for all. However, Cuomo is so delusional he will probably say it is a partisan attack despite DiNapoli being a fellow Democrat.
DiNapoli’s audit follows other scathing reports from Democrat state Attorney General Letitia James and the report out of the state Assembly, which is also democratically controlled.
Among the audit’s findings, according to The New York Post:
- New York “trailed other states in surveying nursing homes and developing strategies to stop infections from spreading.” It surveyed just 20% of facilities between March 23 and May 30, 2020, compared to more than 90% in some other states.
- “Inadequate support” at DOH led to delays in setting up infectious-disease-control procedures at health facilities.
- DOH knew one of its key informational systems was not reliable but never corrected the problem, limiting its “ability to respond.”
While Cuomo claims in his comeback ads that he was never criminally indicted on his sexual harassment charges, this report should be the moral indictment that he and his Health Department chief Howard Zucker killed more than 10,000 senior citizens in nursing homes with their misguided policies.
Remember, then-President Donald Trump gave Cuomo the needed hospital beds to avoid these deaths. Cuomo chose not to use them because of politics, not on what was good for the elderly.
This man should never be considered for public office again.