Nine Democratic members of the New York State Assembly on Tuesday accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of federal obstruction of justice in a letter seeking support to strip him of his COVID-19 emergency powers.
The move followed last week’s exclusive Post report that revealed Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitting to Democratic lawmakers that Cuomo’s administration covered up data about the total number of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus.
The letter, sent Tuesday to members of the Assembly, said, “It is now unambiguously clear that this governor has engaged in an intentional obstruction of justice, as outlined in Title 18, Chapter 73 of the United States Code.”
“In response to this criminal use of power, Assemblymember Ron Kim and Senator [Alessandra] Biaggi are introducing a bill to repeal the amendments to the Executive Law that were passed by the Legislature one year ago…that expanded the Governor’s authority to unilaterally suspend entire state statutes in response to an impending state emergency,” Kim (D-Queens) and other lawmakers wrote.
“This is a necessary first step in beginning to right the criminal wrongs of this Governor and his administration.”
The letter warned that if the Legislature fails to act — including by overriding an eventual veto and potentially launching impeachment proceedings against Cuomo — “then we too shall be complicit along with this administration in the obstruction of justice and conscious omission of nursing homes death data.”
Cuomo during a news conference Monday, said, “Emergency powers have nothing to do with nursing homes.”