New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore — who was nominated to her submit by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2016 — obtained priority COVID-19 testing together with a few of her relations final 12 months, state officers mentioned Friday.
DiFiore is the most recent outstanding New Yorker with ties to the governor — together with Cuomo’s family members — to be revealed to have gotten priority testing from state public well being officers in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A public well being nurse and members of the state National Guard had been ordered to DiFiore’s personal residence in Southampton on Long Island in August to conduct the testing, in line with the Albany Times Union, which first reported the testing.
The take a look at samples had been then transferred to a state trooper, who instantly rushed them to a state-run laboratory for priority processing, the paper mentioned.
The state Office of Court Administration confirmed that DiFiore — who might wind up sitting on any future impeachment jury of Cuomo — and her kinfolk had been examined at her Southampton residence final summer time.
A spokesman instructed The Post Friday the testing came about after a younger member of the choose’s household had examined constructive for the infectious illness.
“A member of her family, who they had quarantined with, was suspected to have been exposed to the virus. She requested testing and the Department of Health responded,” mentioned OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen.
“What and how they handled the samples was outside of our purview. It was the only time that a request was made.”
The priority testing is one subject being scrutinized as a part of a number of probes of allegations in opposition to Cuomo and his administration’s dealing with of the COVID pandemic.
Two state investigations are being performed by Attorney General Letitia James and the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
James is sexual harassment accusations leveled at Cuomo by present and former staffers, in addition to claims that authorities sources had been used to assist the the governor publish his $5.1 million COVID memoir.
The Assembly’s Judiciary Committee’s impeachment probe can also be wanting on the sexual harassment claims in addition to whether or not the Cuomo administration intentionally undercounted COVID-related nursing residence deaths, the guide deal and the priority COVID testing problem.
Meanwhile the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn is investigating the Cuomo administration’s COVID insurance policies, nursing residence deaths and the guide deal.
If Cuomo is impeached by the Assembly, a trial to take away the three-term Democrat could be held within the state Senate. As chief choose, DiFiore would sit as one of many jurors.
DiFiore is married to Dennis Glazer, whose former regulation agency — Davis Polk & Wardwell — was employed by the Assembly to help in its impeachment probe.
That connection has been known as an “unacceptable conflict of interest” by lawyer for ex-Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, who’s amongst his most outspoken accusers.
The OCA spokesman mentioned the testing problem would haven’t any affect on DiFiore’s potential to take part in a Senate trial on Cuomo.
“Not at all, she along with all her colleagues on the Court of Appeals, will perform their constitutional duties as is appropriate,” Chalfen mentioned.
It was revealed earlier this 12 months that Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, his mom, Matilda, and different Cuomo kinfolk got priority testing by state well being division officers. The outcomes had been then rushed to the state lab in Albany for fast turnaround of outcomes.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing when confronted with the varied accusations.