Former Republican Governor of New York State, George Pataki, is now blasting his successor Andrew Cuomo for a policy which may have lead to thousands of Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes throughout the state.
As Townhall reports:
George Pataki, who governed New York from 1995 to 2006, said what happened in New York nursing homes is a “disgrace.”
“Gov. Cuomo’s handling of the nursing homes has been a disaster,” Pataki told the New York Post. “Thousands of people’s lives might not have been lost except for these tragic policies.”
In a conversation with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum, the two wondered why Cuomo didn’t take advantage of either the Javits Center, which had been turned into a temporary COVID-19 hospital, or the USNS Comfort, which President Trump personally sent off to New York City from Norfolk, Virginia.
“New York’s policies with nursing homes is incomprehensible,” he told MacCallum. “The Comfort had hundreds of beds waiting to take coronavirus-positive patients,” Pataki said. “In the nursing homes, where the weakest of the aged [and] the most vulnerable were put together, [they] were required to take corona positive patients. It is an incomprehensible policy, and I think someone should look into it.”
The former Governor is now calling for an official investigation into Cuomo’s potentially lethal decision, which, if carried through, may permanently alter the American people’s view of Cuomo.
I just called for an investigation of @NYGovCuomo failed nursing home policies in New York State. No other state should face what New York has been forced to endure.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) May 1, 2020