The sons of a Covid-19 victim have slammed Andrew Cuomo for ‘lying’ and ‘deflecting’ over the nursing home scandal as they also took aim at his brother Chris’s silence on CNN.
The Governor of New York, 63, has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic amid allegations this week that his office deliberately withheld data on nursing home deaths as part of a cover-up.
But CNN has offered little coverage of the scandal and Chris, 50, failed to mention his brother at all while addressing the biggest Covid stories of the day on his Monday show.
After a backlash, the network reportedly reinstated a ban on Chris interviewing Andrew, despite the Governor appearing on CNN more than ten times in the past year to receive praise.
Daniel and Peter Arbeeny, whose father Norman died with the virus in May last year, said the Cuomo brothers have been ‘deflecting’ from the issues.
Daniel told Fox & Friends about Andrew: ‘He’s consistently lied and gaslighted us and called us names from the beginning.
Daniel and Peter Arbeeny, whose father Norman died with the virus in May last year, said the Cuomo brothers have been ‘deflecting’ from the care home deaths scandal
‘In May, I asked on CNN for an apology. Today, [Gov. Cuomo] is still blaming us and deflecting.
‘I’m asking CNN, Chris Cuomo, his brother, to interview us and learn what really happened.’
Daniel and Peter’s father, 89, had a long hospital stay last April where he was ‘neglected’ and later sent to the Cobble Hill nursing home.
In March last year, Governor Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept Covid-19 patients into their facilities.
Many nursing homes were struggling to cope with the high number of cases and staffing issues, and after several days at Cobble Hill, Norman was brought home out of fear he would contract the virus.
Andrew is facing calls to resign and even be prosecuted for covering up the data surrounding the death toll from Covid-19
Daniel’s father Norman (pictured) had a long hospital stay last April where he was ‘neglected’ and later sent to the Cobble Hill nursing home
He then took a Covid test and was found to be positive. He died 12 hours later.
But his official death certificate indicates Norman died of heart disease and he was not counted on official statistics as a Covid fatality, reports say.
Peter said of Andrew Cuomo, whose father Mario also served as Governor of New York: ‘Not apologizing to a family member or the thousands of family members is unconscionable. He has forgotten the face of his father, unfortunately.’
Andrew is facing calls to resign and even be prosecuted for covering up the data surrounding the death toll from Covid-19, among nursing home patients, and is even facing investigations from the FBI and the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
Chris, 50, failed to mention his brother at all while addressing the biggest Covid stories of the day on his Monday show
More than 15,000 people died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from the virus, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.
The numbers, while accounted for in the full state death totals to the state, were not ascribed to nursing homes for residents who died in hospitals rather than within the facilities.
Cuomo claimed on Monday that 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19 in their buildings before the sick patients were sent back there – and that he was not responsible.
Officials are said to be looking into the governor’s task force whose members include attorney Linda Lacewell, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa.
Gov. Cuomo has remained defiant and placed the blame for the nursing home scandal on a ‘lack of information’
Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared on his young brother Chris’ CNN show more than ten times last year despite the network’s 2013 ban on his interviewing family members
It was DeRosa who is said to have admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government.
But Chris Cuomo stayed silent on the scandal on his CNN show, leading the Washington Post to accuse him of delivering ‘over-the-top praise when the governor is up; silence when he’s down’, after the host completely ignored the press conference, which had been among the main coronavirus stories of the day.
The decision to reinstate the fraternal ban after an extended break comes after months of praise being heaped on the governor by his brother in more than ten appearances on his show.
In one interview on June 24, Chris readily admitted that he was incapable of objectively when it came to his brother.
‘I’m wowed by what you did. And, more importantly, I’m wowed by how you did it, very hard I know it’s not over,’ he said.
‘Obviously, I love you as my brother. Obviously, I’m not able to be objective. Obviously, I think you’re the best politician in the country but I hope you feel good about what you did for your people.’