New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo ordered senior officers on the State Division of Well being to prioritize his members of the family and shut associates for coronavirus testing on the outset of the pandemic in 2020 when entry to testing was restricted, in accordance with a brand new report.
In accordance with the Albany Instances-Union, Cuomo’s kinfolk who obtained precedence testing in March 2020 included the governor’s CNN anchor brother, Chris Cuomo, his 89-year-old mom, Matilda Cuomo, and at the least one among his sisters.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Pat Foye and Port Authority Government Director Rick Cotton, each shut allies of Cuomo, additionally obtained the early testing for the virus because it started to wreak havoc throughout the state.
In accordance with the report, orders for who must be examined have been reportedly given by Dr. Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the Well being Division, and Cuomo himself.
The report additionally provides that the precedence testing usually befell at personal residences and was carried out by senior officers within the Well being Division, together with Dr. Elanor Adams, an epidemiologist who’s now a particular adviser to Zucker.
In TV character, Chris Cuomo’s case, testing was reportedly administered at his house in Lengthy Island.
Chris Cuomo later examined constructive for COVID-19 on March 31.
This provides to a protracted listing of scandals plaguing the beleaguered Governor.
He has been accused by a number of girls of sexual harrasment and misconduct and accused of mishandling Coronavirus deaths in nursing houses.
In accordance with the report, the prioritization of Cuomo kinfolk and associates distracted key Well being Division officers battling the pandemic from different extra urgent work.
“To be doing kind of direct medical work was a whole time suck away from their different duties,” an individual stated to the TimesUnion.
“It was like wartime.”
Wealthy Azzopardi, a senior Cuomo adviser, didn’t instantly deal with the allegations of preferential therapy by the governor, however slammed what he referred to as “insincere efforts to rewrite the previous.”
“Within the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we have been completely going above and past to get individuals testing — together with in some cases going to individuals’s houses,” he stated in an e-mail.
“Amongst these we assisted have been members of most people, together with legislators, reporters, state staff and their households who feared they’d contracted the virus and had the potential to additional unfold it.”
Distinguished Democratic leaders within the state have referred to as on Cuomo to resign, and the state Legislature has initiated impeachment proceedings. The governor, nonetheless, says he received’t resign underneath any circumstance.