FBI, US attorney investigating Cuomo's handling of nursing homes amid pandemic

Henrietta Strickland
February 18, 2021

Responding to news of the federal probe, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, "As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months".

Kim has been a frequent critic of the administration on nursing home issues, including its months-long delay in releasing a full count of fatalities.

The Albany Times Union reports that the feds are focusing on the task force's handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

"So much for Mr. Kim's credibility, and I said to him on the phone, 'You know, there is still integrity and honor and decency in politics, ' but that's that for Mr. Kim", Cuomo said on Wednesday.

The network added, "CNN has covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively".

Kim had a response of his own.

"I do believe Ron Kim acted unethically, if not illegally", said Cuomo. "I do believe he has a continuing racket where he raises money from the owners of the salons who opposed the salon bill".

A senior adviser to the governor said that the administration had been cooperating with the Justice Department and would continue to do so.

Cuomo said the charges are a "lie", and said he's making his accusations against Assemblyman Kim because Kim attacked him first.

Members of that task force include the governor's secretary, Melissa DeRosa, who was caught on audio last week admitting to top Democratic leaders in NY that the administration hid the full data on nursing home fatalities during the Trump administration over fears that the president would call them out. Kim's wife said she had "overheard parts of Kim's phone call with Cuomo last week, and described the governor as "loud" and 'angry.' She said she heard Cuomo say, 'Who do you think you are?' as well as the words, 'my wrath, ' and that immediately after the phone call, her husband told her: 'The governor threatened to destroy my life'". "They have blood on their hands", Kim told CNN.

Kim says the governor did mention honor during the call, but stands by his original telling of events and plans to continue trying to hold the governor accountable.

The Governor blasted Kim, calling him out by name on Wednesday, during a conference call with reporters. Heastie tried to make peace between the two Democrats, saying that "everyone involved needs to lower the temperature and work together" to move the state out of the pandemic.

The unit, created last March, initially consisted of 13 members, including state health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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