New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, a leading Democratic critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Empire State nursing home coronavirus crisis, praises second criminal investigation on the governor’s alleged misconduct following allegations he used taxpayer resources to write and promote his book on Pandemic Leadership.
Kim called the new survey an “encouraging development” in a statement Tuesday.
“I hope the Attorney General [Letitia] James will use the full strength of his office board, its sweeping powers to investigate the governor’s corrupt affairs, from the critical days leading up to his March 25 decree, ”Kim said. at that point, he should be held responsible for their deadly incompetence. “
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New York’s chief prosecutor is investigating new criminal allegations against Cuomo after the state’s budget watchdog recommended them following his own investigation into whether Cuomo had employees and assistants working on his book then that he was on the clock.
They would have helped in the editing process and performing other tasks, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office.
Cuomo published the book in October, touting his track record in fighting COVID-19. But his office later admitted that it had dramatically underestimated the death toll of coronavirus patients in nursing homes and other care facilities across the state.
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“The governor and his accomplices deflated and suppressed the death toll in retirement homes – and took advantage of it,” Kim said. “They traded New Yorker’s life for personal and corporate greed… His tenure must end.
The governor received a generous advance on the publication of the book and maintained that any help he received from taxpayer-funded employees was voluntary.
A spokesperson for Attorney General James’s office confirmed that investigators had received a recommendation from the comptroller regarding the allegations, but noted that the office was not commenting on ongoing investigations.
The latest allegations come as the governor tries to dismiss numerous accusations of sexual harassment as well as his handling of a coronavirus outbreak at state nursing homes and other care facilities that have been significantly under- reported for months before the true death toll, more than 15,000, arrived. enlighten.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on Tuesday.
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But Cuomo’s senior adviser Richard Azzopardi said in a statement Monday that it was “patently absurd at first glance” to suggest that there had been any criminality involved in the making of the book.
He suggested that Cuomo, a Democrat, was facing politically motivated attacks from Attorney General James and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, fellow Democrats with perceived government ambitions.
Cuomo himself had previously served as state attorney general in the early 2000s – a position from which he saw two other former New York Democratic governors fall from grace: Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.
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