Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said on Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) should be investigated for the deaths of thousands of seniors in New York related to his decision to keep patients infected with coronavirus in nursing homes.
Maillotakis highlighted the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) refusal to investigate Cuomo’s role in what she described as the “nursing home scandal”
Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he would resign his office 14 days after an investigation claimed that he had sexually harassed multiple women.
Malliotakis stated, “Resignation does not equal accountability.”
The gravity of nursing home deaths outweighs the allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, Malliotakis determined. She said New York State Assembly members have “stayed so silent regarding the nursing homes.”
She said, “The governor needed to go because of the nursing home scandal, the cover-up, the decision he made to put COVID patients into nursing homes. Even after there were alternatives like the U.S. Navy Comfort ship that President Trump sent to New York and the Javits Center that was specifically set up for COVID positive patients.”
She added, “Many of us federal representatives — Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin, and myself — are concerned that the DOJ did not move forward with a formal investigation, but it seems that it is the sexual harassment that has brought the [New York] legislature to finally take action against this governor.”