New York Gov. Cuomo Slips in Polls as Criticism Mounts Over Nursing-Home Deaths

ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has dropped 10 points since January, a poll released Tuesday showed, amid bipartisan criticism of his administration’s reporting of the number of nursing-home residents who died from Covid-19.

A Siena College Research Institute poll of 804 New York voters found the Democratic governor’s overall job approval fell to 51-47, down from 55-41 in January. When asked if they approved of how Mr. Cuomo had made public information about nursing-home deaths, 39% said they approved compared with 55% who didn’t.

State officials now say more than 15,000 residents of nursing homes and assisted-living and adult-care facilities were confirmed or presumed to have succumbed to the coronavirus since March of last year—a tally that is around 50% higher than earlier figures released by the state. For months, the state didn’t answer requests from lawmakers and journalists asking for the number of facility residents who died in hospitals.

Democratic and Republican state lawmakers criticized the delay as well as a statement last week by the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, that the state held off releasing the fuller count in August because of fear that former President Trump’s administration would politicize the information.

Democrats who control both the state Assembly and Senate said they held private discussions over the weekend about rolling back a state law, enacted in March, that gave Mr. Cuomo unprecedented powers to unilaterally issue directives needed to manage the pandemic. The governor has used his authority to close schools and set rules for the operation of businesses.

Source: WSJ – US News

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