Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s triumphant lifting of the state’s coronavirus restrictions — and the following fireworks throughout the state — have been a part of a cynical ploy to burnish his picture amid a dangerous collection of scandals, the top of the state Republican Party charged Thursday.
“This is not Andrew Cuomo’s moment to celebrate,” GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy informed The Post.
“This is a time that we should celebrate modern medicine, the people who worked on the frontlines every day and the people who put their own lives in harm’s way.”
Langworthy even mentioned he most popular the way in which Mayor de Blasio — like Cuomo, a Democrat — selected to mark New York reaching the milestone of a 70-percent vaccination fee towards COVID-19.
“I’ve got to give Bill de Blasio credit, he scheduled a ticker-tape parade and I think that’s a good way to celebrate frontline workers,” he mentioned throughout a telephone interview.
“But to have three hours notice for fireworks? It’s a way for Cuomo to celebrate himself and get media reports to celebrate the administration.”
Langworthy additionally referred to as a recent report from the New York State Bar Association “yet another source” displaying that Cuomo and his aides have been “lying all the time” in regards to the administration’s dealing with of nursing properties amid the pandemic.
The report — completely revealed by The Post — blasted the Department of Health’s “now infamous,” March 25, 2020 order for the services to settle for COVID-19 sufferers, citing “credible reviews that suggest that the directive, for the approximately six weeks that it was in effect, did lead to some number of additional deaths.”
“You have an independent source that agrees that this deadly policy cost New Yorkers lives,” Langworthy mentioned.
“We have 15,000 seniors dead and the governor lied about it and his subordinates covered it up.”
Langworthy added: “We’ve had pretty clear obstruction of justice.”
Cuomo’s nursing house insurance policies are the topic of a probe by the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office, in addition to an impeachment investigation by the state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
Both of these probes are additionally centered on Cuomo’s memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” — which he offered for $5.1 million.
A collection of sexual harassment allegations towards Cuomo by present and former feminine aides can be being investigated by exterior legal professionals employed by Attorney General Letitia James and by the Judiciary Committee.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and the DOH issued a report final 12 months denying that the March 25 directive elevated the loss of life toll amongst nursing house residents and as an alternative blaming the unfold of infections on asymptomatic employees.
During his interview, Langworthy additionally criticized the impeachment probe, saying it ought to have been “open and shut” way back.
The Judiciary Committee has held simply three conferences since Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) approved the impeachment probe in March, and the Democrat-controlled legislature recessed for the summer time final week.
“They hire a law firm that’s very cozy under Andrew Cuomo and has a history of being cozy,” Langworthy mentioned.
“But they run out of town, with no fanfare…They need to head to the exits because they don’t want to deal with what they left on the table.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi referred to as Langworthy the “No. 1 cheerleader in New York” for ex-President Donald Trump and accused him of “attempting to cynically rewrite historical past to defend his benefactor.
“He should be ashamed but isn’t capable of it,” Azzopardi added.
Requests for remark from Heastie’s workplace weren’t instantly returned.