Andrew Cuomo, the former Governor of New York, is facing yet another lawsuit over his response to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the nursing home deaths in New York that occurred under his watch and shocked the nation. The plaintiff in the new lawsuit alleges that then-Gov, Cuomo’s pride and “unmitigated greed” led to needless deaths.
News on that comes from the New York Post, which reported that the lawsuit, brought by a man whose mother and father died from the virus, alleges that 15,000 elderly New Yorkers died thanks to then-Gov. Cuomo’s policies, saying:
Disgraced governor Andrew Cuomo’s “unmitigated greed” and mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the “needless” deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers, a Nassau man whose mother and father died from the virus claimed in court.
Cuomo, his top aide Melissa DeRosa, and state and health officials also exhibited “deliberate indifference” toward nursing home residents, leading to as many as 15,000 avoidable COVID deaths, Sean Newman claimed in a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court on March 28.
Fox News Digital adds more details on the exact allegations brought in the lawsuit, reporting that the lawsuit claims the deaths stemmed from Cuomo tailoring his policies to material that would be good for his book. As it reports:
The new lawsuit alleges: “It was not only Governor Cuomo’s pride that was leading to thousands of needless deaths, but his unmitigated greed as well.”
Specifically, Newman alleges that the former governor “tailored his policies and actions to generate material” for a $5 million book deal, according to the Post. That book “American Crisis” would highlight “leadership lessons” from the pandemic and appeared as many in the media were making comparisons between Cuomo’s leadership during the pandemic and then-President Donald Trump’s.
Cuomo’s spokesperson pushed back on the allegations, saying that there was no merit to them. “It’s unfortunate that people’s pain continues to be politicized and weaponized in order to distort the truth, which is that the DOJ, the AG, the Manhattan DA and the Assembly all critically examined this and found no there there,” he said. “This suit is meritless, and we expect any fair hearing in a court of law will also bear this out.”
Continuing, he went on to argue that the allegations regarding the Cuomo book are “false, wrong and the product of the furthest depths of right-wing paranoia.”
Cuomo, for his part, has stayed somewhat more sane than the rest of his party. During a recent podcast, he argued that the investigations into Trump are a “cancer in our body politic,” saying:
“I don’t believe a Democratic prosecutor just happens to be attacking a Republican. I don’t believe a Republican prosecutor just happens to be attacking a Democrat. I think it’s all politics, and I think that’s what the people of this country are saying.”
“And I think it’s feeds the cynicism, and that’s the cancer in our body politic right now.”
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