As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues defending his administration from recent bombshell reports that it hid the real number of nursing home COVID-19 deaths, his explanations are meeting intense pushback from members of his own party.
On Monday, Cuomo claimed that lawmakers were not informed about the true death toll because his office was busy cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice. Cuomo said that he informed the New York State Assembly of that reality.
Democratic state Senator Alessandra Biaggi publicly contradicted Cuomo's claim on Twitter.
Biaggi was joined in criticizing Cuomo's public statements by fellow Democratic state Senator Julia Salazar. In a Twitter thread of her own, Salazar deemed Cuomo's explanation a "lie."
Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim also criticized Cuomo's claims, saying that had his administration been transparent, lawmakers could have passed legislation requiring better accountability in nursing homes to protect vulnerable residents.
"They could have given us the information back in May and June of last year. They chose not to," Kim pointed out before saying of Cuomo's explanations, "all of it is BS."
Democratic state Sen. John Liu also called out Cuomo's office for "months and months of delays," accusing the governor of "misleading" and "withholding information," as he demanded a "revocation" of Cuomo's emergency powers.
"For months and months, we've been asking the executive branch, the governor's office, for this information," Liu said in an interview. "It was information our constituents were demanding from the state government."