The New York Times Late Thursday it was reported that the Democrat’s top aides had removed a list of nursing home residents deaths from the coronavirus pandemic from a report distributed by state health officials in June.
The Times report noted that the “extraordinary intervention” from Cuomo’s administration came as the governor began writing his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From The COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“I never thought that we would have a ‘follow-the-money’ angle in this story, as we see in so many scandals,” Concha told host John Roberts. “But if you look at what Governor Cuomo paid in advance – $ 783,000 from HarperCollins … that’s a pretty damn thing, given the kind of money this was about.”
Concha added that the reported changes to the report came at a time when Cuomo was enjoying massive popularity.
“He had an overall approval rating of around 70%, the highest in his career. So yeah, it’s the right time to write a book and the wrong time to get bad news about nursing homes.”
Concha went on to say that the latest Times and Wall Street Journal reports “are devastating to the governor … fighting on multiple fronts, not just the nursing home scandal, which is the biggest story, but the allegations as well of sexual harassment by three women. “
Concha also criticized President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their silence on the various controversies surrounding the governor of New York.
“She hasn’t held a press conference since Kamala Harris was selected as Joe Biden’s running mate,” said Concha.
“I want to hear [Biden in-person] condemn Andrew Cuomo or say what he has to say about an investigation [like] let it play. As we discussed yesterday, he is the first president in 100 years not to hold an individual press conference in the first five weeks after taking office. “