BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Cuomo administration is responding to criticism from Rep. Tom Reed about how it responded to the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.
On Thursday, Reed said, "The governor’s more interested in being a showhorse than a workhorse, and shame on him."
Late Thursday, Cuomo aide Richard Azzopardi responded with the following statement:
"Reed is a hypocrite who on one hand repeats right-wing lies about the DOH directive and then on the other bashes the governor’s executive order requiring nursing home patients to test negative before leaving the hospital -- He can’t have it both ways. As disgusting as it is for him to politicize this, the facts are these: federal guidelines and state law both state that facilities need the space, the staff and the protective equipment to care for a patient or they have to transferred and New York offered to help with transfers, provided access to 95,000 staffers and to date has given them nearly 13 million pieces of PPE. Also, in just the last two week the state sent 675,000 tests to nursing homes to test staffers – so one again Reed should bother to know what he’s talking about before sending the press advisory."