A year ago today, New York City confirmed its first case of the COVID-19 virus. In just a few weeks, hospitals would start filling up with COVID-19 patients, people would start dying by the hundreds a day, businesses would be closed, schools closed, nursing homes would receive sick residents and daily attendance. from Governor Andrew Cuomo on midday television, would launch him into the political stratosphere.
A year later, a lot has changed.
Cuomo is now fighting for his political life after a second woman who had worked in his office came forward to allege the governor sexually harassed her. He faces a parallel controversy over deaths in nursing homes in New York City, first sparked by Attorney General Letitia James’ report that the state underestimated the number of residents who died during the pandemic and more later by a leaked conversation from his senior assistant acknowledging state lawmakers for the original administration. retained information of them in order to avoid a federal investigation.
In short, Cuomo now faces the most serious challenge of remaining in the post he was first elected to in 2011, a decade of uproar in which he tamed Albany by overpowering much of it.
Cuomo has faced controversies and scandals in the past: the closure of the Moreland Anti-Corruption Commission in 2014 after it had apparently been used as leverage to get new ethics laws passed and l arrest of his former close associate, Joe Percoco, for corruption. charges in a much larger case that drew the …
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