Cuomo Resigns as New York Governor at Long Last
Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s own actions catching up with him. Today, the New York governor announced his resignation after a solid 18 months of consecutive and overlapping scandals involving his flubbing of the state’s early COVID response and his alleged pattern of sexually harassing female employees. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will take over as governor two weeks from now.
The resignation comes on the heels of an explosive report by state Attorney General Letitia James which indicated that the governor sexually harassed 11 women, nine of whom are or were state employees, while creating a hostile work environment and retaliating against one of the women who came forward.
That these women can experience some form of vindication, however delayed, is a win. But this is also a vindication, however indirect and long-awaited, for the family members of those who died in April and May 2020 in New York state nursing homes as a result of the governor’s horrible early-pandemic guidance that required such residential facilities to admit elderly folks coming from hospitals regardless of whether they’d tested positive or negative for an active COVID infection. Had these people been tested and isolated, as we knew was the appropriate protocol even then, some not-insignificant number might not have died and COVID might not have spread like wildfire through these residential facilities, killing more than 15,000 elderly people—the majority of whom fell sick and died over the course of just a few weeks. Worse still, Cuomo’s team covered up the true nursing home death toll, failing to count about 4,000 deaths, telling on themselves and implicitly admitting via a bald attempt at corruption that the total death toll was an embarrassing stain on their record.
As my own reporting at Reason shows—and as folks at places like National Review and the Wall Street Journal and New York Post also made clear—Cuomo engaged in similar malfeasance with his guidance to residential homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He diverted scarce COVID tests to VIPs and family members early in the pandemic and played court jester with his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, joking about thei
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