Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview on Fox News on Friday over his “failed and fatal nursing home policies,” which she said led to “many” of the state’s coronavirus deaths.
“First of all, when he talks about the mountain that we climbed, that’s the mountain of deaths, and many of those deaths were caused by Gov. Cuomo’s failed and fatal nursing home policies,” Stefanik said on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning. “We lost more people in the state of New York than any other state across this country because of this mismanagement of the governor of New York state.”
She added that “when it comes to the federal support, the federal government and President [Donald] Trump provided more support to New York state than any other state in the nation. Because we were the epicenter. Because the failed leadership, not just of Gov. Cuomo, but of [New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio]."
Stefanik also said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided guidance “about how we can protect nursing home policies. Gov. Cuomo ignored that, and I am very, very frustrated that while the governor has time for a quick turnaround book deal, he doesn’t have time to talk to New Yorkers who lost their loved ones in nursing homes. Those families deserve answers. They deserve accountability and transparency so that we can make sure those fatal and failed policies never happen again and we continue to protect our most vulnerable.”
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