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UNWISE MOVE: Manhattan D.A. Office Drops Probe into Andrew Cuomo's Handling of the Pandemic in Nursing Homes, Federal Probe Still Ongoing

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has dropped the probe into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes.

Source: NY Post

Published: January 3, 2022

By: Carl Campanile and Bernadette Hogan

The Manhattan district attorney’s office has dropped a probe into Andrew Cuomo over allegations he mishandled nursing homes during the initial coronavirus outbreak, the ex-governor’s lawyer said Monday.

Cuomo’s spokesman forwarded a statement from Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney who had repped the governor’s office under Cuomo.

“I was contacted today by the head of the Elder Care Unit from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office who informed me they have closed its investigation involving the Executive Chamber and nursing homes,” Abramowitz said.

“I was told that after a thorough investigation — as we have said all along — there was no evidence to suggest that any laws were broken.”


The Post reported last August that the state Health Department had retained an outside law firm to deal with inquiries regarding nursing home decisions from the Manhattan DA’s Office as well as state Attorney General Letitia James and the US Attorney for the Eastern District.

The Manhattan prosecutor’s office, now headed by new DA Alvin Bragg, declined comment. The probe was initiated by ex-DA Cyrus Vance Jr., whose term ended New Year’s Eve, and it was under Vance that the investigation was quashed last Thursday, a source told The Post.

Cuomo has faced fierce criticism for a March 25, 2020, directive by his Health Department that ordered nursing homes to admit infected patients being discharged from hospitals, despite the facilities’ vulnerable populations. Independent reports claimed the policy caused more deaths.

And word that Bragg has dropped the case against Cuomo infuriated family members who lost loved ones to COVID-19 while in long-term care facilities.

People who lost loved ones to COVID-19 protesting the Cuomo administrations response to COVID in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic. - Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
“Letting Cuomo off the hook is a bad way to start 2022,” said Vivian Zayas, co-founder of Voices For Seniors, whose mother, Ana Martinez, died of COVID while in a nursing rehab facility.

“Fifteen thousand people lost their lives in nursing homes. It doesn’t look like prosecutors are taking this seriously. They’re basically protecting Cuomo.

“We are disappointed in our judicial system.”

And Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) said Cuomo isn’t out of the woods yet.

Kim, chairman of the Assembly Aging Committee, said he considered the ongoing probes by federal prosecutors and AG James more serious threats to Cuomo than the Manhattan DA’s inquiry.

“Cuomo used his executive power to suppress nursing home deaths while chasing a $5.1 million book deal. Sooner or later the truth will come out,” Kim said.

The feds’ probe is still examining the Cuomo administration’s actions relating to the nursing homes and other long-term care facilities after thousands of their residents died from COVID-19.

The FBI also interviewed state officials about Cuomo’s $5.1 million profit-making pandemic book — “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” — negotiated and published while he was accused of covering up the total nursing home death toll from the pandemic.

The probes by the feds and the AG’s office are still active.

Last February, The Post exclusively revealed that then-top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa privately acknowledged during a video conference with Democratic state lawmakers that administration officials stonewalled them about the extent of nursing home deaths due to a potential investigation by the Justice Department.

That report sparked the Manhattan DA probe.

The Post reported that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa admitted that the administration did not provide the full amount of nursing home deaths to avoid being probed. - EPA/JUSTIN LANE

A stinging report released last January by James concluded that Cuomo undercounted coronavirus-linked nursing home deaths by 50 percent.

Cuomo resigned in August after a devastating report by James’ office found that the ex-governor had mistreated or harassed a slew of women — including government staffers. He denied wrongdoing but stepped down while facing impeachment.

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