WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed says he’s encouraged with the recent launch of an investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.
In recent weeks, the Cuomo administration revealed that the COVID-19 nursing home death count was up to 15,000 rather than the previously documented 8.500. The Congressman says the investigation is key to pursuing justice for those who died of COVID following Cuomo’s order.
“I am very pleased to see that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the FBI, is investigating Governor Cuomo and his office in regards to the cover up that has occurred regarding the nursing home scandal where 15,000 of our residents of New York were killed as a result of the COVID-19 order back in March. That is a good step in the right direction to demand justice for these 15,000 souls.”
Cuomo’s order in March directed hospitals to send COVID-19 patients back into nursing homes in an effort to preserve room in hospitals for incoming patients. Congressman Reed has spent months blasting Cuomo for his data regulations.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this situation,” Reed said. He says that the Ways and Means Committee, of which he is a part of, will begin to work in “hopefully a bipartisan manner” to review the data that the State has provided the Committee on the deaths.
Reed explains that the Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over the entities on the Federal level that oversee skilled nursing home operations. He says he’ll be asking the Chairman, Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA), to “make sure we get the complete truth” regarding the related data.
In addition, Reed explains that he’ll be pursuing his direct Federal complaint with the proper law enforcement agency regarding the recent taped confession from top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRossa saying that the State hid data that stemmed from Cuomo’s order
“Why was the order of March 2020 issued,” Reed said when discussing DeRossa.
The Congressman says that several questions still need to be answered throughout the investigation.