New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would not put his 89-year-old mother in a congregate care facility amid the coronavirus pandemic in May — two months after issuing his March 25 directive that barred nursing homes and other long-term care locations from turning away thousands of coronavirus-infected seniors.
"If I were advising a friend, I would say you have a vulnerable person. Best to keep them at home and not put them in a congregate facility. Keep them in a situation where you have the most control," Cuomo told MSNBC in late May.
"That is the blunt truth. That's what I would do with my mother," he continued.
Cuomo is now facing calls for his impeachment from his fellow Democrat, New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim.
"Cuomo abused his powers to hide life and death information from the Department of Justice that prevented lawmakers from legislating – like fully repealing corporate immunity for nursing homes. That is an impeachable offense," Kim wrote on Twitter on Monday.
In January, Cuomo blasted his critics for turning a "tragedy" into a "political football" during a media briefing.
Cuomo said, "Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home, it’s — the people died."
"People died. 'I was in a hospital, I got transferred to a nursing home, and my father died.' 'My father was in a nursing home... (Read more)
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