New York State Sen. On Nursing Home Scandal: Governor Cuomo Is New York State’s ‘Worst Kept Secret’

Alessandra Biaggi

New York State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi opened up about the Cuomo administration’s “toxic” behavior

As Covid-19 ripped through New York State at the start of the pandemic, its governor Andrew Cuomo emerged as a political star. His daily coronavirus news briefings were watched by millions of Americans, centering him as a politician that early on seemed to understand the severity of the virus and was committed to aggressively curbing infections. 

But in the past week, he’s come under intense scrutiny after it was revealed his administration underreported the number of Covid-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes and then delayed sharing that information with lawmakers. His administration is now reportedly facing a federal investigation for its treatment of nursing homes through the pandemic. 

I spoke with New York State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, an outspoken critic of Cuomo, who recently introduced a bill to strip him of the emergency powers he was granted last March to steer the state through the Covid-19 crisis.

Biaggi broke down the nursing home scandal. She also discussed the “toxic” behavior exhibited by Cuomo and his administration and how that hampers the legislative process. 

“It’s yelling and berating people. It’s threatening people. It is scaring them into silence, so that they won’t continue to talk or criticize or do anything that would make the governor look bad,” she said. “That to me is never acceptable.”

Watch the full interview.