Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I,LBT-Glen Head) is outraged at not only the admission by one of Gov. Cuomo’s aides that they did, in fact, hide the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, but also that the admission didn’t come with an apology to the grieving families who lost loved ones. The secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, spoke to state Majority leaders in a video conference call on Thursday, Feb. 11 to apologize for the political inconvenience they were placed in regarding this issue. The reason for the cover-up was stated as concern about a preliminary inquiry from the Department of Justice about COVID-19 deaths in elder care facilities as well as concerns that former President Trump had already called out Gov. Cuomo and other Majority governors, for the way they handled the virus in nursing homes and other facilities.
“The governor and the commissioner need to finally step up and do what’s right, and in my eyes that is to resign from their respected positions,” said Montesano. “They have completely disrespected the people they are supposed to represent with their lies for almost a year now, ignoring our demands for answers. Enough is enough. Now they are trying to back track, and take back what they admitted to yesterday which is ridiculous. In addition to further investigation and subpoenaing both the governor and the commissioner to testify at a hearing to finally give us all of the information they have been hiding from the public, the Legislature needs to explore articles of impeachment for the governor. I believe that with the governor’s arrogance, he won’t resign so we need to have a back-up plan to remove him from office if that is what it comes to. The people of New York deserve a governor and health commissioner who are open and honest with them during such difficult times, not who lie and cover-up their mistakes for fear of repercussions.
“Additionally, it is a complete slap in the face to families who are already hurting to not even issue them an apology, but rather to apologize to members of the Legislature for the ‘political inconvenience’ hiding the true number of deaths may have caused them. How can you stand there and issue an apology to legislators but not to the grieving families who were directly impacted by this cover-up? It is disgusting and cowardly. The governor and the commissioner need to both personally issue apologies for their mistakes themselves, and not send someone in their place to speak for them. They should then step down before they cause any more harm to New Yorkers. New York deserves better than these two.”