On Sunday, numerous protesters who lost their loved ones to the COVID-19 mismanagement gathered outside a health center in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, seeking an apology from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
During the demonstrations, the bereaved displayed a casket laced with 6,500 pages from Cuomo’s book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic”- to serve as a grim reminder of the number of people who’ve died from the coronavirus, due to his administration’s policies regarding sick senior citizens.
In March this year, as coronavirus cases surged in New York, Cuomo’s mandate prevented nursing homes from turning away COVID-19 patients to protect the more medically feeble among them. Around 6,500 people were reported to have been killed in these nursing homes throughout the state, as reported The New York Post. Calling for both an apology and an investigation, family members who were not allowed to visit their loved ones at nursing homes at the time staged the demonstration, claiming Cuomo’s administration could’ve done a better job protecting those in nursing homes from the harmful effects of the disease.
The organizer of the protest- Peter Arbeeny told The NY Post that Cuomo, “hasn’t given us an independent investigation [into the alleged nursing-home debacle] so we can get to the truth” further exclaiming “We would forgive! But we need an apology, a sincere apology!”
Also present at the protest was Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean, who claimed “My husband’s parents who died in separate eldercare facilities were registered Democrats and the governor likes to say this is all about politics. But it’s not; it’s about accountability and families. At the very beginning, I wouldn’t have blamed anyone. We were in the middle of a pandemic. But then I saw the governor on CNN and the various talk shows talking about his love life and talking about how he brought the curve down to nothing.”
When asked about the protests on Sunday evening, Cuomo brushed off the allegations saying, “Everyone, I believe, did everything they could to save lives, and New Yorkers were heroic, specifically in nursing homes. We still have the most aggressive safety program in nursing homes in the country.”