Cuomo Reportedly Secured Special Treatment for Family Members and VIPs During Early Days of Pandemic
For most New Yorkers, the early part of the pandemic came with fear, uncertainty, and sirens growing more regular with each passing day. There was limited testing if you thought you’d been exposed, and long wait times if you did manage to nab one of those precious few tests.
But not if your last name starts with a C and ends with an uomo! The Albany Times Union reported last night that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the state’s top health officials to prioritize COVID testing for “the governor’s relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration” such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Port Authority heads (as well as the wife of one of them).
If you felt inclined to summon every ounce of charity possible when assessing Cuomo’s purported corruptness, you could make the case that the MTA and Port Authority directors, as well as CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, interact with a large number of people in the course of doing their jobs, and that two out of the three play essential roles in keeping New York City up and running.
The Times Union reports that Gov. Cuomo’s brother (Chris), mother, and sister received testing, sometimes multiple times, during the early part of the pandemic:
“The medical officials enlisted to do the testing, which often took place at private residences, included Dr. Eleanor Adams, an epidemiologist who graduated from Harvard Medical School and in August became a special adviser to [Health Commissioner Howard] Zucker. Adams conducted testing on Cuomo’s brother Chris at his residence on Long Island, according to the two people.
‘If their job was to go test an old lady down in New Rochelle, that’s one thing — that’s actually good,’ one of the people with knowledge of the matter said. ‘This was not that.'”
The Washington Post adds:
“The coronavirus test specimens were then rushed—at times driven by state police troopers—to the Wadsworth Center, a state public health lab in Albany, where they were processed immediately, the people said. At times, employees in the state health laboratory were kept past their shifts until late into the night to process results of those close to Cuomo, two people said.”
Other reports have emerged saying the samples collected from Cuomo family members were marked “critical” and given priority treatment. But they weren’t the only ones who were well-connected enough to receive special treatment.
“Separately, nurses working for the state were dispa
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