The New York legislature’s impeachment inquiry now includes allegations that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s family has been given special access to COVID-19 testing, Fox News has confirmed.
The revelation came after the Albany-based Times Union newspaper reported Wednesday evening that “high-level members” of the New York Department of Health had been led by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Health Commissioner of the United States. State, Dr. Howard Zucker, to “conduct priority coronavirus testing on the governor’s parents as well as influential people connected with the administration.”
“Members of Cuomo’s family, including his brother, mother and at least one of his sisters, have also been tested by senior health department officials – some on multiple occasions, the sources say,” according to the Times Union.
The New York State Assembly began moving towards impeachment on March 11, when news of six allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.
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New York law currently prohibits state officials from using or attempting “to use his official position to obtain unjustified privileges or exemptions for himself or others.”
“In the early days of this pandemic, when the focus was on contact tracing, we went absolutely above and beyond to get people tested – including in some cases going to people’s homes and going out the door. door-to-door in places like New Rochelle – taking samples from people suspected of having been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent others, ”said Cuomo senior advisor Rich Azzopardi, in response to the Times Union story. “Among those we helped were members of the general public, including lawmakers, journalists, government officials and their families who feared they had contracted the virus and had the capacity to spread it further.”
New York Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman Charles D. Lavine told the New York Times on Thursday that the investigation remained focused on nursing homes and allegations of sexual harassment.
The recent scandal has intensified scrutiny of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus on March 31. As The Times-Union noted, the diagnosis came “at a time when many members of the public were struggling to get coronavirus tests.”
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A CNN spokesperson played down the news in a statement.
“We don’t usually get involved in the medical decisions of our employees,” said spokesperson Matt Dornic. “However, it’s no surprise that in the early days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and worried about possible spread, he turned to n anyone for advice and help, just like any human being would. “
Joseph Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.
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