7-day COVID-19 average in New York City drops below 4%

7-day COVID-19 average in New York City drops below 4%

Over 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to NY nursing homes and long-term care facilities following the Cuomo administration's controversial March 25 directive requiring the facilities to accept such patients, according to the AP.

The state says the website's system is being impacted by the high volume of people looking to schedule appointments.

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo's emergency authority granted at the start of the pandemic in response to a leaked conversation involving the governor's secretary Melissa DeRosa who admitted they withheld data surrounding nursing home deaths.

The New York Post reported Friday that DeRosa said during the conference call that the Cuomo administration feared the nursing home data could be "used against us" amid Trump's criticisms of Democratic governors and directing "the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us".

NY state was one of the hotspots of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA, having registered over 8700 new COVID cases as of 12 February.

Martucci, a freshman lawmaker, said former US Attorney Preet Bharara should be appointed, with subpoena power, to investigate the Cuomo administration and its handling of the nursing home COVID-19 situation.

However, as the breadth of Cuomo's mishandling of the nursing home crisis in his home state has come under increasing scrutiny, many Democrats have turned sour on Cuomo. "That said, we were working simultaneously to complete the audit of information they were asking for".

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The allegations prompted calls for Cuomo to be impeached, even though DeRosa, following the reports, attempted to clarify her words.

"We informed the houses [of the NY legislature] of this at the time".

"As I said on a call with legislators, we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked". We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout. Andrew Gounardes, a Brooklyn Democrat, tweeted.

For Cuomo's powers to be revoked, the legislature requires at least 76 members to sign on, with 32 members in the Senate, the Daily Mail reports.

The revelation prompted backlash from prominent NY lawmakers as well, including Reps.

"Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately - both by the Attorney General of New York State and the U.S. Department of Justice", Stefanik wrote in a statement. "The governor needs to demand the immediate resignation of anyone involved in this cover-up, and if he was aware, he must be removed from office".

Langworthy said NY politicians had been removed from office "for much less" and that "frankly, this is much worse than client No. 9", referring to the prostitution scandal that forced Gov. Eliot Spitzer out of office in 2008.

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