No end to how low Andrew Cuomo will go: Goodwin

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When a brand new story about Andrew Cuomo’s wrongdoing seems, it’s tempting to flip the web page. Most New Yorkers have made up their minds in regards to the disgraced former governor and don’t consider they want to know extra. 

Resist the temptation and keep in mind the Rule of Cuomo: Whatever you recognize about him, it’s not the entire story. 

There’s at all times extra, and it’s at all times worse than you thought. Much worse. 

That’s one lesson from the state Assembly report, which reveals new particulars of Cuomo’s venality. From sexual harassment to lies about nursing-home deaths and his forbidden use of state staff to assist end his ebook, the governor is convincingly portrayed as a grasping, dishonest man and not using a shred of decency. 

Another lesson from the report is that New York desperately wants a functioning two-party system. If there had been a GOP test on complete Democratic management in Albany, Cuomo’s gross misconduct might have been flagged earlier. 

In one sense, the Assembly report is late to the occasion, with the legal professional basic concluding in August that Cuomo was responsible of sexually harassing 11 ladies, which led to his resignation. 

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie by no means confirmed a lot urge for food for taking over the vengeful governor, and tried to spike his chamber’s report on impeachment when Cuomo give up. 

Fortunately, Heastie surrendered to the stress to proceed and the completed product confirms the AG’s discovering on harassment and breaks necessary new floor in different areas. Key amongst these is exhibiting how Cuomo overruled Department of Health staff and diminished the variety of reported nursing-home deaths by about 35 % on the very days he was negotiating the contract for his ebook deal on pandemic management. 

"American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic" by Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo used workers members to write his $5.2 million ebook, in accordance to the newest state Assembly report.
Crown by way of AP

The timing persuasively makes the case that Cuomo struck it wealthy with the deception, together with his ebook contract price a minimum of $5.2 million and doubtlessly as a lot as $6.4 million. If the reality had been identified, it’s arduous to think about that the writer, Crown, a division of Penguin Random House, would have agreed to pay a lot. It’s potential there won’t have been a ebook in any respect. 

In impact, the fabricated dying totals have been a profitable lie for Cuomo. 

As Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens advised The Post, “It’s crystal clear now that Andrew Cuomo has had a financial motive to suppress nursing-home death toll numbers.” 

Cobble Hill Health center in Brooklyn is hit with numerous COVID-19 cases and deaths on April 23rd, 2020.
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed nursing houses to settle for sick sufferers — whereas undersupplying their private protecting gear.
Richard Harbus

Cuomo had reportedly threatened to “destroy” Kim if the Dem didn’t retract an assertion to The Post final February that the administration was hiding the dying numbers from the Legislature. 

The findings ought to stiffen the spines of members of the Joint Commission on Public Integrity to claw again a few of Cuomo’s ebook cash. Combined together with his rampant use of presidency workers for the venture regardless of his written settlement not to, his manipulation of dying studies to make the ebook extra interesting can’t be missed. 

The report may additionally mild a fireplace underneath the FBI in Brooklyn, which has supposedly been investigating Cuomo’s withholding of correct nursing dwelling deaths from the Department of Justice. Then once more, maybe the FBI is just too busy raiding the houses of muckraking journalists at Project Veritas and looking down “domestic terrorist” mother and father who object to their youngsters being indoctrinated on radical racial theories. 

Assemblyman Ron Kim
​​Assemblyman Ron Kim was one of many few Democrats to get up towards Andrew Cuomo whereas he was nonetheless in workplace.
James Messerschmidt

On harassment, the report finds “overwhelming evidence” of Cuomo’s guilt and goes into element on the 2 most severe circumstances. One includes an unnamed state trooper and the opposite facilities on aide Brittany Commisso, who claims Cuomo groped her breast. 

The report, ready by the Davis Polk & Wardwell regulation agency, concludes that every case “independently satisfies the definition of sexual harassment under New York State law.” That line and references to law-enforcement officers suggests Cuomo nonetheless might face prosecution. 

The greatest lapse is how the report fails to take care of the influence of Cuomo’s notorious March twenty fifth order of final 12 months that required nursing houses to admit discharged hospital sufferers contaminated with COVID-19. The order additionally barred the houses from even testing the sufferers till they have been admitted. 

James O'Keefe, Founder Chairman and CEO of Project Veritas
The FBI is extra nervous about Project Veritas boss James O’Keefe than Andrew Cuomo’s well-documented corruption.
Matthew McDermott

The lethal results have been first revealed by The Post, with households and facility operators insisting the contaminated sufferers unfold the lethal virus like wildfire, particularly in houses that didn’t have sufficient security gear for workers and weren’t in a position to segregate COVID circumstances. 

It was after these news accounts, which Cuomo denounced as “politics,” that he started hiding the true variety of nursing dwelling deaths by altering how they have been counted. Initially, sufferers who contracted the illness in a nursing dwelling and died have been reported in nursing dwelling totals, even when they really died in a hospital. 

When these numbers reached 10,000 in a matter of weeks, Cuomo had them diminished to about 6,500 by separating those that died “out of facility.” New York was the one state to report its deaths to Washington that manner. 

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie by no means delivered on his promise to impeach then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
James Messerschmidt

The two points got here collectively on July 6, 2020, when Cuomo had his first assembly with publishers and his administration launched the false complete of nursing dwelling deaths. 

Despite realizing all that, investigators duck the plain implication, saying they haven’t any proof the March twenty fifth order “increased the number of COVID-19 fatalities in nursing homes.” 

The lame conclusion is mindless. Why else would Cuomo disguise the deaths and rescind the March twenty fifth order if it performed no position? 

Then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Brittany Commisso
Andrew Cuomo tried to discredit “Executive Assistant #1″ Brittany Commisso after accusing him of sexual harassment.

Similarly, the report punts on Cuomo’s associated declare that COVID-19 “was likely introduced into nursing homes by infected staff.” 

Those two statements battle with the elements of the report that doc extensively how Cuomo and his cult-like workers marginalized the Department of Health and manipulated numbers to buttress his picture. 

In reality, later press accounts detailed how the report claiming workers transmission was written by Cuomo’s workplace and outdoors contractors, over the objections of the Department of Health. 

All of which proves that the Rule of Cuomo additionally applies to investigators: However a lot you recognize about his venality, there’s at all times extra. 

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