Manhattan DA won’t charge Cuomo in nursing home probe, lawyer says

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been the subject of various state, local and state investigations over the past 12 months. | Seth Wenig / AP Photo

Prosecutors in Manhattan have concluded that former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not break the law when his administration misled the public about the number of Covid-19 deaths related to nursing homes, said the former Democrat attorney on Monday.

Elkan Abramowitz, who served as an outside attorney for Cuomo’s office, said in a statement the former governor was told Monday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s chief of elder abuse that the office had completed a “thorough investigation” and not one Will bring charges.

“As we have been saying all along – there was no evidence that laws were broken,” Abramowitz said in the statement.

The prosecution did not immediately respond to the request for comment. It was unclear whether the decision was made under DA Alvin Bragg, who took office on Saturday, or his predecessor Cyrus Vance.

Key context: Cuomo, who resigned on sexual harassment allegations in August, has been under review for more than a year for handling Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes. The State The Attorney General’s Office released a report in 2021 accuse the state of drastically counting Covid-19 deaths in the facilities.

Cuomo’s aides overruled state health officials on the matter and decided not to publish a scientific paper showing the magnitude of the deaths and not send two letters that state health officials wrote for state lawmakers.

The FBI and the U.S. Eastern District of New York attorney reportedly both opened investigations into the matter in early 2021 but have not released any further public information since then.

The selective disclosure of information on deaths in nursing homes was also an important part of the State Assembly’s impeachment procedures, which concluded after Cuomo’s departure and which did not result in any action against the former governor.

What’s next: Cuomo has been the subject of various state, local, and federal investigations over the past 12 months. Some were closed with no wrongdoing found, but Cuomo is due to appear in Albany court on Friday for “violently touching” an aide at the mansion in 2020.

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