Cuomo's Top Aide Confesses State Covered Up Nursing Home Death Toll

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio makes declarations at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

De Blasio Calls For'Full Accounting For Cuomo Amid Nursing Homes COVID Death Toll Scandal REUTERS CARLO ALLEGRI

New York State says it is responding to some concerns regarding people facing difficulties making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment via the state's Am I Eligible site.

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling for Cuomo to be stripped of his pandemic emergency powers in response to the call, with some going further to demand investigations and even the governor's resignation.

Fourteen lawmakers prepared a statement, asserting that it is now clear that "the expanded emergency powers granted to the Governor are no longer appropriate".

Numerous Republicans joined in the chorus and have called for the governor to be removed or to resign.

The statewide seven-day average positivity rate stood at 3.90 percent Friday, and 4.63 percent in New York City, also the lowest since Christmas in the Big Apple, Cuomo said. This is another lie.

"If this information that's been reported is accurate, then Governor Cuomo has totally lost the trust of the people he represents and has violated his oath of office".

"Prosecution and impeachment discussions must begin right away", GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, New Yorkers with underlying health conditions can sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the state's web site, Cuomo said.

As Tapper concluded State of the Union on Sunday, he spoke of the "small but respectable number of politicians willing to break with their partisan allegiances and criticize an intimidating leader in the face of loss of life".

The calls for action came in response to comments made by Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to the governor, during what was supposed to be a private video conference with Democratic lawmakers Wednesday. As I said on a call with legislators, we could not fulfill their request as quickly as anyone would have liked. He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes. "He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer".

DeRosa said the state halted the release of data due to fear of a Justice Department probe under former President Donald Trump.

"We explained that the Trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame democratic states for COVID deaths and that we were cooperating with Federal document productions and that was the priority and now that it is over we can address the state legislature", he said.

DeRosa, Friday, released a partial transcript of her telephone call with state lawmakers where she told Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall), who raised the questions, that "basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice or what we give to you guys, what we starting saying was going to be used against us while we weren't sure if there was going to be an investigation". "That played a very large role into this".

"We informed the houses [of the NY legislature] of this at the time".

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