Federal prosecutors have begun an investigation of how the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state’s nursing homes, people familiar with the matter said.
The new inquiry, led by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn, is in addition to an August request for records from the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil-rights division about state-run nursing homes. The people didn’t specify Wednesday any individuals as the focus of the new query or when it began.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment. Representatives for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York City didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Mr. Cuomo said Wednesday, “As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months. We have been cooperating with them, and we will continue to.”
The Democratic governor said this week that the August request prompted the state Health Department to delay the release of a fuller tally of the number of residents of long-term-care facilities who died from the coronavirus.
Source: WSJ – US News