Nursing Home Deaths

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Feb. 22, 2021, press briefing.
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The New York state Legislature is voting to end Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers granted to him during COVID-19 as the governor faces new developments on two controversies: sexual harassment charges and his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

In this image taken from video from the Office of the N.Y. Governor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Albany, N.Y.
Office of the N.Y. Governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for the first time publicly addressed sexual harassment accusations against him, saying he did not intend to make anyone uncomfortable and that he is truly sorry. Many are calling for his resignation, including some members of Cuomo’s own Democratic party, but the governor said he’s not leaving.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals: the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the months-long suppression of the true number residents’ deaths, and allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a former staffer.

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Mike Groll / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo for a time in 2020 was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic for his steady and focused daily briefings when national leadership was lacking. But recently, the governor has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration. And a new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers now think the governor did something wrong.

The New York Capitol Building in Albany
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New York state could require nursing homes to spend a certain amount of their revenue on direct patient care, mandate transparent reporting of COVID-19 deaths of residents at those facilities and more under a package of bills passed by the State Senate Monday.