The probe is closed on the nursing home deaths and former governor Andrew Cuomo will get away without so much as a slap on the wrist. Cuomo’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, confirmed there will be no charges.
“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. 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,” Abramowitz said in a statement.
Cuomo and his administration were under investigation for drastically undercounting COVID related deaths in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic; in some cases, by more than 50 percent.
And that’s not all…
“Cuomo 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,” the New York Post reports.
“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.”
— New York Post (@nypost) January 3, 2022