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The Manhattan DA’s office closed its investigation into former disgraced NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes without filing charges.
According to a statement from Cuomo’s attorney, Elkan Abramowitz, the DA’s office contacted him to inform him of the investigation’s closure. “I was told that after a thorough investigation—as we have said all along—there was no evidence to suggest that any laws were broken.”
Cuomo, the pandemic and nursing homes
The investigation against Cuomo began after a report by NY Attorney General Letitia James indicated that the Department of Health under Cuomo’s control failed to report nearly 50% of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
Cuomo reportedly ordered early in the pandemic that nursing homes accept new admissions, including patients who had tested positive or suspected of having contracted Covid-19, resulting in massive contagion in admitted seniors.
“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” James said in a statement following the release of the report.
The investigation process was initiated by then-District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose tenure ended on Dec. 31. Inside sources told the New York Post that Vance closed the investigation last Thursday, one day before the end of his term.