Andrew Cuomo has denied his aides altered the information on COVID-19 nursing dwelling deaths on the identical day New York State lawmakers voted to strip the governor of his emergency powers.

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The embattled governor’s Particular Counsel Beth Garvey launched a press release Friday hitting again at a bombshell report that Cuomo’s workplace requested the state well being division to alter its definition of COVID-19 nursing dwelling deaths again in July with a purpose to masks the true extent of the disaster.

Garvey insisted not one of the state’s COVID Taskforce members ‘modified any of the fatality numbers or ‘altered’ the fatality knowledge’ and claimed it had been public data that deaths in hospitals have been being counted individually to deaths contained in the amenities.

The protection got here amid a rocky day for the governor as state lawmakers voted to repeal his emergency powers and extra staffers give up amid the escalating sexual harassment and nursing dwelling storms. 

The New York State Senate handed a invoice Friday by a 43-20 vote to rescind the expanded emergency government powers which have been handed to Cuomo to assist sort out the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Meeting adopted later Friday, voting 107-43 to strip the governor of his emergency powers.  

The votes passed off simply hours after he was described as a ‘textbook abuser’ who ‘used his mood to rule the workplace’ by one in all three girls who’ve come ahead to accuse him of sexual harassment. 

Andrew Cuomo (above) has denied his aides altered the data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths on the same day the New York State Senate voted to strip the governor of his emergency powers

Andrew Cuomo (above) has denied his aides altered the information on COVID-19 nursing dwelling deaths on the identical day the New York State Senate voted to strip the governor of his emergency powers

Cuomo’s workplace on Friday denied the shock claims that Cuomo’s aides pushed for a change to the definition of nursing dwelling deaths with a purpose to manipulate the information and downplay the variety of deaths related to long-term care amenities final 12 months.  

Garvey stated none of Cuomo’s aides, together with Monetary Companies Superintendent Linda Lacewell and Secretary Melissa DeRosa, altered the figures.

She stated the state had been clear with the general public all through the manufacturing of the report that deaths have been being counted based mostly on the place the person died. 

‘To be clear, a number of occasions throughout the time the July 6 DOH report was being developed, public statements have been made throughout the day by day briefings and within the press relating to the existence of the information, however noting that the deaths have been being counted within the facility the place people died,’ she stated.

‘There have been repeated public statements acknowledging the out of facility deaths weren’t being listed as a subset of nursing dwelling deaths stemming from considerations associated to potential for double counting and consistency and accuracy.’

She added: ‘The out of facility knowledge was repeatedly mentioned in public briefings and we persistently acknowledged these deaths have been being counted within the whole loss of life rely by way of the place of loss of life knowledge.’ 

The assertion cited quite a lot of press conferences, hearings and stories to help this declare together with a Might briefing the place, in response to a reporter’s query, former Cuomo adviser Jim Malatras stated deaths in hospitals got here beneath hospitalization deaths.

The embattled governor's Special Counsel Beth Garvey released a statement Friday hitting back at a bombshell report that Cuomo's office asked the state health department to change its definition of COVID-19 nursing home deaths back in July to mask the extent of the crisis

The embattled governor’s Particular Counsel Beth Garvey launched a press release Friday hitting again at a bombshell report that Cuomo’s workplace requested the state well being division to alter its definition of COVID-19 nursing dwelling deaths again in July to masks the extent of the disaster

The statement released Friday by Cuomo's office that denies the cover-up by his aides

The assertion launched Friday by Cuomo’s workplace that denies the cover-up by his aides

‘Isabella Geriatric Middle which is one thing we drew consideration to this week, they issued a press release saying there have been 98 deaths however the official reporting exhibits lower than that, one thing within the 60s. That does that not rely hospital deaths. In different phrases somebody goes from the ability to a hospital is that then counted in another way?’ requested a reporter on Might 5.

Malatras responded: ‘These get reported within the hospitalization deaths.’

Malatras in addition to Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s high aide and Linda Lacewell, the top of the state’s Division of Monetary Companies have been all allegedly concerned within the revisions to the July report.

‘COVID Taskforce members, together with Melissa DeRosa, Linda Lacewell, and Jim Malatras, have been concerned in reviewing the draft report – none of them modified any of the fatality numbers or ‘altered’ the fatality knowledge,’ Garvey stated.

The counsel insisted the change to the information’s reporting happened ‘after asking DOH questions’ earlier than a ‘determination was made to make use of the information set that was reported by the place of loss of life with firsthand data of the circumstances, which gave a better diploma of consolation in its accuracy’. 

Garvey doubled down on Cuomo’s ongoing argument that the place of loss of life doesn’t change the general whole variety of New Yorkers killed by the virus on the time. 

‘There was no undercount, as whole deaths no matter location have been at all times disclosed, and the methodology of how knowledge was being offered was correct,’ she stated.

Cuomo’s workplace stated the report ‘was meant to element whether or not the March 25 advisory memo contributed to elevated deaths, and never be a full accounting of each loss of life’. 

The report will now be up to date to incorporate the extra full variety of nursing dwelling deaths, she stated.

Insiders informed The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Thursday that state well being officers had initially included nursing dwelling residents who died after being transported to hospitals within the tally of deaths in long-term care amenities in a report given to Cuomo’s workplace in July. 

The New York State Senate passed a bill Friday to rescind the expanded emergency executive powers which were handed to Cuomo to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (above) said: 'Today, under this new legislation the governor will no longer be able to issue any new directives, period'

The New York State Senate handed a invoice Friday to rescind the expanded emergency government powers which have been handed to Cuomo to assist sort out the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins (above) stated: ‘Immediately, beneath this new laws the governor will now not have the ability to problem any new directives, interval’

They stated Cuomo’s high aides requested the state well being division take away the hospital deaths from the figures earlier than the report was made public.

This revision resulted within the report detailing 6,432 nursing dwelling deaths as much as that time – a big undercount of the particular loss of life toll and down from the virtually 10,000 which have been included within the preliminary model of the report. 

Cuomo’s most senior aides allegedly didn’t need to make that quantity public because the governor was beneath hearth for an earlier directive that ordered contaminated sufferers to be despatched again to amenities.

The true variety of deaths amongst nursing dwelling residents solely turned clear this 12 months following a assessment by the state lawyer common. 

New York state lawmakers moved Friday to repeal Cuomo’s emergency powers as calls mount from each events for him to resign over the scandal. 

The New York state Senate voted 43-20 vote Friday afternoon passing a invoice to revoke his emergency powers, two months early. 

The extra authority was accepted within the early days of the pandemic final 12 months, and designed to present Cuomo sweeping powers to quickly change legal guidelines, within the midst of the general public well being emergency. 

All Democrats voted in favor of the repeal whereas all Republicans voted towards as they declare the transfer would not go far sufficient.  

‘Immediately, beneath this new laws the governor will now not have the ability to problem any new directives, interval,’ stated Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins. 

‘In gentle of current occasions, nevertheless, it’s clear that we have to transfer towards a system of elevated oversight, assessment and verification between the Legislature and the chief department, and in addition restrict the powers granted to the governor.’   

The State Meeting is anticipated to go the invoice later as we speak which can then go to Cuomo’s workplace to be signed by the governor.  

Cuomo just isn’t in a position to veto the transfer as a result of giant majority of votes however has anyway stated he backs the invoice.  

Two more staffers quit Friday with at least five departing amid the scandals. Gareth Rhodes (above), a top coronavirus aide, announced he was leaving Wednesday days after a woman claimed Cuomo sexually harassed her at Rhodes' wedding

 Two extra staffers give up Friday with no less than 5 departing amid the scandals. Gareth Rhodes (above), a high coronavirus aide, introduced he was leaving Wednesday days after a lady claimed Cuomo sexually harassed her at Rhodes’ marriage ceremony

Two members of his press office - spokesman Will Burns and press secretary Caitlin Girouard (above) - also announced their departures this week

Two members of his press workplace – spokesman Will Burns and press secretary Caitlin Girouard (above) – additionally introduced their departures this week

As soon as handed, Cuomo will solely have the ability to create new directives or prolong current ones with the Legislature’s approval. 

The autumn from grace for the governor who final 12 months received an Emmy for his pandemic press conferences and had been rumored to be within the operating for Joe Biden’s lawyer common choose has thrown his workplace into turmoil with two extra staffers quitting Friday. 

Cuomo’s workplace confirmed well being care knowledge analyst Erin Hammond and scheduler Sophie Boldison are leaving their positions simply days after three others introduced their departures.

Each departures have been in course of for a while with Hammond leaving to ‘deal with her household’ and Boldison shifting to a brand new place on the state college system, Cuomo’s workplace informed the New York Post.

This marks no less than 5 aides who’ve give up within the final week because the governor’s staff soar ship as three girls – two former staffers – declare he sexually harassed them at work.  

Gareth Rhodes, a high coronavirus aide, introduced he was leaving Wednesday days after a lady claimed Cuomo sexually harassed her at Rhodes’ marriage ceremony.

In a press release, he stated: ‘Final week as I approached one 12 months since shifting to Albany to hitch the NYS Covid process power, I made a decision it was time, given the progress of the vaccination program and continued decline of Covid numbers, to return to my earlier function on the Division of Monetary Companies and I knowledgeable the Governor’s senior workers on the time.’ 

Cuomo, pictured with his aide Melissa DeRosa who is accused of asking the state health department to revise the nursing home numbers

Cuomo, pictured together with his aide Melissa DeRosa who’s accused of asking the state well being division to revise the nursing dwelling numbers 

Two members of his press workplace – spokesman Will Burns and press secretary Caitlin Girouard – additionally introduced their departures. 

Previous to this week’s uproar, 9 well being officers additionally give up over claims Cuomo ignored their recommendation about COVID-19. 

The exodus comes amid the accusations of sexual harassment by two former staffers and stories of a ‘bullying’ working tradition.

Practically a dozen former and present staffers informed Gothamist/WNYC the working tradition inside Cuomo’s workplace was one in all a bullying atmosphere.

Former staffers have described working there as having ‘Stockholm syndrome’, whereas others stated they’re ‘type of waking as much as the truth that we have been in a cult’.

Some stated Cuomo was a ‘micromanager to the a hundredth diploma’ and had a troublesome administration type. 

The governor, who launched a guide about his management throughout the pandemic, has fallen from grace as new particulars proceed to emerge about his dealing with of COVID-19 within the state’s nursing properties and allegations floor of sexual harassment.

Cuomo had issued a directive on March 25 ordering nursing properties to readmit COVID-positive sufferers due to a scarcity of area in hospitals. 

Charlotte Bennett, 25, worked as an aide for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year. She claims he sexually harassed her and left her 'terrified'

Charlotte Bennett, 25, labored as an aide for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this 12 months. She claims he sexually harassed her and left her ‘terrified’

Anna Ruch (above) alleges that Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her just moments after they met at a September 2019 wedding in Manhattan

Lindsey Boylan, 36, claims Cuomo commented on her appearance inappropriately, kissed her without her consent and went out of his way to touch her on her lower back, arms and legs

Anna Ruch, 33, (left) claimed Cuomo behaved inappropriately at a Manhattan marriage ceremony in September 2019.  Lindsey Boylan, 36, (proper) claims Cuomo commented on her look inappropriately, kissed her with out her consent and went out of his approach to contact her on her decrease again, legs and arms

Ex and present Cuomo staffers say they’re ‘waking as much as the actual fact they have been in a cult’

Practically a dozen former and present staffers have detailed to Gothamist/WNYC the working tradition inside Gov Cuomo’s workplace after he was accused of sexual harassment.

A few of the staffers say they weren’t shocked by the allegations given what they declare is a bullying atmosphere and intense work tradition inside Cuomo’s workplace.

Former staffers have described working there as having ‘Stockholm syndrome’, whereas others stated they’re ‘type of waking as much as the truth that we have been in a cult’.

Some stated Cuomo was a ‘micromanager to the a hundredth diploma’ and had a troublesome administration type.

One staffer who had a fellowship when she was in her 20s in 2013 described how she was rapidly arrange close to Cuomo’s workplace, with staffers later telling her the governor preferred blondes.

She was additionally informed to put on stilettos when within the Albany workplace.

Some staffers, nevertheless, refuted the poisonous office notions.

‘I feel everybody there needs to do the perfect work they’ll. Generally that work-life stability is sacrificed. I used to be positively burned out by the top of my time there. I did not take it personally,’ the staffer stated.

The transfer has been slammed for costing many lives given the aged have been particularly susceptible and that nursing properties have been hotbeds for the virus. 

The ruling was reversed on Might 10, barring nursing properties from accepting COVID-19 sufferers with no adverse check first.  

This January, New York AG Letitia James stated the state had downplayed the variety of deaths of nursing dwelling residents by 50 %. 

The loss of life toll was really 15,000, up from the 8,500 beforehand disclosed.

The brand new figures imply round one-seventh of the state’s total nursing dwelling inhabitants of 90,000 have been killed by the virus.

The state’s whole loss of life toll was unchanged following the revelation because the deaths had been counted in general figures.

The change in quantity was right down to nursing dwelling residents who had been transported to hospital the place they then died not being counted within the nursing dwelling loss of life tally.  

When the true figures have been reported, Cuomo tried to defend himself saying ‘who cares’ the place they died. 

‘Died in a hospital, died in a nursing dwelling – they died,’ he stated.

‘However who cares? 33 [percent]. 28 [percent]. Died in a hospital. Died in a nursing dwelling… They died.’   

In February Cuomo was then accused of deliberately hiding the information in an indication of an enormous cover-up.

The governor’s high aide Melissa DeRosa made the bombshell confession in a name with Democratic state legislators the place she stated officers ‘froze’ in August when then-President Donald Trump‘s Division of Justice requested for knowledge on nursing dwelling deaths.  

DeRosa stated on the decision the state had rebuffed the request.

Federal prosecutors started investigating a doable coverup of COVID deaths amongst nursing dwelling residents. 

Ron Kim, a Democrat politician then claimed Cuomo rang him and threatened to ‘destroy’ him if he didn’t help him.

Now, Cuomo can be going through a probe into allegations of sexual harassment after three girls got here ahead to accuse him within the final week.   

Lindsey Boylan, 36, was the primary particular person to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment.

She labored for Cuomo’s staff from March 2015 to October 2018 and recounted her story of sexual harassment within the sequence of Twitter posts.

She then elaborated on her accusations in a February 24 weblog put up by which she stated Cuomo as soon as advised a recreation of strip poker. 

Boylan claims the undesirable advances included an unsolicited kiss on the lips in Cuomo’s New York Metropolis workplace, which the governor denies.  

Charlotte Bennett, 25, turned the second girl to come back ahead.

She labored as a well being coverage adviser within the New York governor’s administration. She was employed within the spring of 2019 and swiftly promoted to senior briefer and government assistant only some months later.  

She claimed he sexually harassed her, asking her questions on her intercourse life and telling her he would take into account relationship ‘anybody above the age of twenty-two’ – she is 25.  

A 3rd accuser, Anna Ruch, 33, then got here ahead telling the NYT that Cuomo put his palms on her face and requested if he might kiss her after assembly her at a September 2019 marriage ceremony.  

Cuomo stated he was apologizing to ‘folks’ who have been uncomfortable together with his conduct however insisted he has by no means ‘touched anybody’ inappropriately. 

‘I now perceive that I acted in a approach that made folks really feel uncomfortable,’ Cuomo stated. 

‘It was unintentional and I really and deeply apologize for it. 

Requested about requires him to step apart, the third-term governor stated: ‘I wasn’t elected by politicians, I used to be elected by the folks of the state of New York. I´m not going to resign.’

Cuomo’s pandemic: A timeline of the governor’s response to the COVID-19 disaster

MARCH 1: Feminine nurse, 39, getting back from Iran turns into the primary in New York to check optimistic for COVID-19.

MARCH 2: Cuomo offers the primary of 111 consecutive day by day televised briefings for New Yorkers

MARCH 13: Donald Trump declares nationwide emergency.

MARCH 14: An 82-year-old girl with emphysema is introduced as the primary affected person to die from the virus.

MARCH 17: New York Metropolis mayor Invoice de Blasio says metropolis ought to comply with San Francisco with a shelter-in-place order; Cuomo says will probably be statewide.

MARCH 19: California Governor Gavin Newsom points first statewide lockdown order

MARCH 22: Cuomo indicators statewide stay-at-home order.

MARCH 25: Cuomo orders that nursing properties settle for convalescent COVID sufferers again into their amenities.

MAY 10: The nursing dwelling ruling is reversed, to insist on a adverse COVID check earlier than return to a nursing dwelling. By now, greater than 9,000 folks have returned to nursing properties.

AUGUST: Questions start to be requested in regards to the nursing dwelling coverage.

AUGUST 26: Division of Justice opens an investigation into New York’s nursing properties and COVID coverage. 

OCTOBER 13: Cuomo publishes American Disaster: Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

OCTOBER 21: Cuomo introduced a coverage of isolating recognized ‘micro clusters’ of COVID instances.

NOVEMBER 20: Cuomo wins an Emmy ‘in recognition of his management throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of tv to tell and calm folks world wide’.

JANUARY 28: Lawyer Common Letitia James launched a report discovering that New York under-reported the variety of deaths amongst nursing dwelling sufferers by round 50 per cent, with 13,000 really dying – not the 8,500 reported.

FEBRUARY 11: Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, admits that in August they ‘froze’ when requested for nursing dwelling knowledge, and dragged their heels on releasing it. The AP stories that greater than 9,000 folks have been returned to nursing properties to recuperate from COVID within the interval March 25-Might 10, a determine 40 per cent larger than the official tally. 



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