New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, a number one Democratic critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dealing with of the coronavirus disaster in Empire State nursing houses, is lauding a second prison probe into the governor’s alleged misconduct following allegations that he used taxpayer assets to put in writing and promote his guide on pandemic management.
Kim referred to as the brand new probe “an encouraging growth” in an announcement Tuesday.
“I hope that Legal professional Normal [Letitia] James will use the complete drive of her workplace’s board, far-reaching powers to research the governor’s corrupt self-dealing, ranging from the essential days main as much as his March 25th Govt Order,” Kim stated. “He and each decision-maker round him at the moment ought to be held accountable for his or her lethal incompetence.”
New York’s prime prosecutor is investigating new prison allegations in opposition to Cuomo after the state’s fiscal watchdog really useful them following his personal a probe into whether or not Cuomo had staffers and aides work on his guide whereas on the clock.
They allegedly helped within the enhancing course of and by performing different duties, based on Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s workplace.
Cuomo launched the guide again in October, touting his monitor report on battling COVID-19. However his workplace later admitted it had dramatically underreported the demise toll on coronavirus sufferers within the state’s nursing houses and different care services.
“The Governor and his accomplices deflated and suppressed the variety of nursing dwelling deaths – and profited consequently,” Kim stated. “They traded away New Yorker’s lives out of non-public and company greed…His time in workplace should come to an finish.”
The governor obtained a beneficiant advance on the guide’s publication and has maintained that any assist he obtained from taxpayer-funded workers was voluntary.
A spokesperson for Legal professional Normal James’ workplace confirmed investigators had obtained a referral from the comptroller relating to the allegations however famous the workplace doesn’t touch upon ongoing investigations.
The most recent allegations come because the governor tries to fend off quite a few sexual harassment accusations in addition to his dealing with of a coronavirus outbreak within the state’s nursing houses and different care services that went dramatically underreported for months earlier than the true demise toll, greater than 15,000, got here to gentle.
The governor’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a Fox Information request for remark Tuesday.
However senior Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi stated in an announcement Monday that it was “patently absurd on its face” to recommend there had been any criminality concerned with creating the guide.
He advised that Cuomo, a Democrat, was going through politically motivated assaults from Legal professional Normal James and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, fellow Democrats with perceived gubernatorial ambitions.
Cuomo himself had been the state’s lawyer basic earlier than within the early 2000s – a place from which he watched two different former Democratic New York governors fall from grace: Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.