Coronavirus

'Incompetent Government Kills People,' Says Andrew Cuomo Unironically

The New York governor should look to his own state.

|

"People value the truth," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week during an interview on MSNBC. "Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID."

He punctuated his remarks with a phrase he recycled multiple times throughout the conversation: "And that's the truth," he said.

No objections there. But it appears the irony was lost on Cuomo, whose comments were directed at former President Donald Trump's federal response—the likes of which were certainly rife with shortcomings. But the New York governor can also examine the state he oversees for another master class: both in the perils of government incompetence and the detriment of lying to the public you serve.

One need not look far for a poignant example of both. A report released today by New York Attorney General Letitia James argues that the Cuomo administration seriously misrepresented the amount of nursing home deaths in the state—a toll that Cuomo has been accused of worsening early in the pandemic with his own policies.

The data "suggests that COVID-19 resident deaths associated with nursing homes in New York state appear to be undercounted by DOH [the Department of Health] by approximately 50 percent," concludes the report. According to the investigation, Cuomo's administration omitted the deaths of patients who had been transferred out of a nursing home to die in a hospital.

An example: At one facility, DOH noted seven COVID-19 deaths—one confirmed and six suspected—as of August 3. But by just April 18, that same facility had reported 31 suspected coronavirus-related deaths to the Office of the Attorney General.

Cuomo weathered heat during much of the spring and summer for a directive that many say directly contributed to the state's stratospheric number of nursing home deaths. Guidance issued by his administration in late March ordered those facilities to accept patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 so long as they were deemed "medically stable." He amended the directive in May to specify that they needed to test negative for the virus.

"No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19," the advisory originally said.

New York's nursing home death toll currently sits around 8,700, though that's obviously a questionable statistic. In July, the DOH said that number was around 6,500—which, even with the undercounting, was more than most states' total death tolls. Cuomo says that facilities were free to turn away patients if they couldn't care for them, but his own guidance largely prohibited providers from doing just that.

No federal, state, or local leader can shoulder all of the blame for the results of a crisis. Doing so gives them far too much credit. Indeed, there are a litany of moving parts and complex factors impacting any event, large and small. When the U.S. outbreak was still in relatively nascent stages, New York City—the most dense cosmopolitan area in the country—was, to some extent, a natural epicenter. But Cuomo has forcefully skirted accountability for any impact his decision-making may have had, both in his regular press conferences and in official government documents. His DOH in July disregarded the criticisms in its own report and instead laid blame on the nursing homes themselves, positing that it was the employees who spread the virus.

The governor, a self-declared foe of government incompetence, also presented medical providers with the vaccine edition of Sophie's Choice. Earlier this month, he announced that hospitals that failed to use all of their vaccines would face up to a $100,000 fine; those that vaccinated anyone out of the state-approved order of operations would face up to a $1 million fine. The kicker: Cuomo created a rigorous hierarchy of who was allowed to receive the vaccine at what point, meaning hospitals had no choice but to throw away expiring doses instead of finding willing vaccine recipients. Better to lose $100,000 than $1 million, I guess.

More than 7,000 people in New York have reportedly died from COVID-19 since the vaccine rollout in mid-December—some of whom may have been spared had one of those trashed doses found its way into their arms. And that, Gov. Cuomo, is the truth.

NEXT: The Supreme Court’s Next Big Free Speech Showdown

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. “The New York governor should look to his own state.”

    Yes, and he’ll find that New York had the best pandemic response out of all 50 states. Cuomo literally wrote the book on how to beat the virus. Any unbiased reading of the data will show that Republican governors of states like Florida and Georgia performed far worse.

    #HarrisCuomo2024

    1. I’m really surprised he isn’t the surgeon general.

      1. He’s not the right intersex. Although he does have nipple rings.

        1. I get paid 95 $ each hour for work at home on my PC. I never thought I’d have the option to do it however HNG my old buddy is gaining 65k$/month to month by carrying out this responsibility and she gave me how.

          Give it a shot on following website……..READ MORE

          1. Making money online more than 100$ just by doing simple work from home. I have received $18,376 last month. Its an easy and simple job to do and its earnings are much better than regular TFyh office job and even a little child can do this and earns money. Everybody must try this job by just use the info…

            Visit>>>>>>>>>>> Home Profit System<<<<<<<<<<<

            1. Every month I am earning online more than $28,650 by doing a very simply online job from my home. By doing this in my part time I was able to save enough to buy me a new car in just a few months. EFil This is so freaking easy that everyone should try it… Start making some dollars online today by following instructions on this website……..

              >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Home Profit System <<<<<<<<<<<<<

            2. I get paid 95 $ each hour for work at home on my PC. I never thought I’d have the option to do it however LBT my old buddy is gaining 65k$/month to month by carrying out this responsibility and she gave me how.

              Give it a shot on following website……..VISIT HARE

              1. Yeah it`s Possible…Anybody can earn 250$+ daily… You can earn from 6,000-12,000$ a month or even more if QCrn you work as a full time job…It’s easy, just follow instructions on this page, read it carefully from start to finish… It’s a flexible job But a good eaning opportunity…….

                >>>>>>>>>>>>> Home Profit System <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

        2. Barbell shaped nipple rings. What a fucking goomba.

          1. Making money online more than 15$ just by doing simple work from home. I have received $18376 last month. Its an easy and simple job to do and its earnings are much better than SMF regular office job and even a little child can do this and earns money. Everybody must try this job by just use the info
            on this page……..MORE READ

        3. Making money online more than 15$ just by doing simple work from home. I have received $18376 last month. Its an easy and simple job to do and its earnings are much better than regular RTqz office job and even a little child can do this and earns money. Everybody must try this job by just use the info
          on this page……Visit……….Home Profit System

      2. Nobel prize for medicine.

        1. Anybody can win a Nobel Prize. Real Nobel Laureates win it before doing anything and then going on to contraindicate their reasons for winning.

          1. Google pays for every Person every hour online working from home job. I have received $23K in this month easily and I earns every weeks $5K to 8$K on the internet. Every Person join this working easily by just just open this website and follow instructions
            COPY This Website OPEN HERE….. Visit Here

          2. After eight months of rioting and burning down cities, BLM just got nominated for the Peace Prize.

      3. He’s not? But he won an Emmy!

    2. Do you wanna earn money without investing money? That’s how I started this job and Now I am making $200 to $300 per hour for doing online REW work from home.

      Apply Now here…….. Visit Here

      1. Making money online more than 15$ just by doing simple work from home. I have received $18376 last month. Its an easy and simple job to do and its earnings are much better than regular ABG office job and even a little child can do this and earns money. Everybody must try this job by just use the info
        on this page……..MORE READ

    3. I quit working at shoprite and now I make $65-85 per/h. How? I’m working online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take vsc a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier.

      Here’s what I do…….. Visit……….. Visit Here

    4. I quit working at shoprite and now I make $65-85 per/h. How? I’m working vrw online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier.

      Here’s what I do…….. Visit……….. Visit Here

    5. I quit working at shoprite and now I make $65-85 per/h. How? I’m working online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take grgfd a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier.

      Here’s what I do…….. Visit……….. Visit Here

    6. LOL! This is what a cult follower sounds like.

    7. Doubtless, under Cuomo’s orders, data relative to nursing home deaths were suppressed and his directive to admit potentially or actually infected seniors was reviewed by the state’s attorney general, it seems unlikely that any data associated with New York’s infectivity and death rates are trustworthy.

      Furthermore, there’s only one explanation for your can’t-pass-the-laugh-test assertion that he wrote the book on “how to beat the virus”: you know little about the work of brilliant epidemiologists such as Jay Battarcharya, David Katz (a Yale M.D. who actually did write the go-to text on pandemic control), John Iaonnidis, or Michael Levitt.

      If you were familiar with ANY of these luminaries, you would, if not a Cuomo fanboy or girl, see how utterly uninformed he has been and continues to be.

        1. It really is a glorious thing when OBL gets em.

          But then you remember he says is what some people actually say, and you’re sad again.

    8. Are you kidding, are you part of his staff? This from the Emperor that sent Covid patients back to nursing homes. If he didn’t have those three boroughs of NYC voting for him he’d be gone. No one west of NYC can stand him. He’s the most arrogant entity next to Trump we’ve ever seen. NY’s economy will never recover after Cuomo’s rein. . 1`/2 the people I know, who are productive tax paying citizens, are getting ready to leave this hell hole. The only ones staying are those collect something on the government dole.

      1. You’re replying to a satirical poster. Don’t blame you for taking them seriously though.

        1. OBL posts are often subject to Poe’s law.

    9. NICE HERE APPLY Online job from home and make many dollars USA online job details………used this site………USA TOP JOB.

    10. Google pays for every Person every hour online working from home job. I have received 200 dollars in this month easily and I earns every weeks 400 dollars to 600 dollars on the internet.…………USA TOP JOB.

    11. A lot of family decision making is around education. How do you think the disruption of COVID might change the way families think about their choices……………. MORE DETAIL.

    12. The New York governor should look to his own state.People value the truth,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week during an interview on MSNBC. “Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID.”……….. MORE DETAIL.

  2. “”People value the truth,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week during an interview on MSNBC. “Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID.”

    He punctuated his remarks with a phrase he recycled multiple times throughout the conversation: “And that’s the truth,” he said.”

    And, in case you did not get the memo, it was all Trump’s fault and always will be.

    1. SleepyJoe is managing the hell out of the virus.

    2. I used to insist that he was Sonny, but now I guess he really is Fredo after all.

      1. I wish he was Sonny.

    3. Are you saying Tony is actually Gov Cuomo?

      1. If Tony was a top, maybe.

  3. “Cuomo administration seriously undercounted the state’s nursing home deaths”

    Is ‘seriously undercounted’ the politically correct way of saying “deliberately lied directly to the people”?

    1. Doubting the Democratic party is Treason and Sedition. Please report to the nearest labor camp.

      1. Hell, no.
        They will have to come and drag me out of here.
        Is it still treason and sedition if I equally doubt all politicians?

        1. Yes.

          They call this “Bipartisanship.”

    2. Strategic obfuscation is only technically lying if you’re caught, and even then, only if you’re caught by the media (with an (R) behind your name)

  4. But it appears the irony was lost on Cuomo, whose comments were directed at former President Donald Trump’s federal response—the likes of which were certainly rife with shortcomings.

    show your work.

    1. Testing kits. Distribution. Idiotic six month hold for biologically meaningless diversity testing.

      1. Which of those were shortcomings with the federal response?

  5. Blue state governors and mayors killed old people in nursing homes and killed the economy thru lockdowns. Gee, deaths were high and the economy was bad w/ a Republican in the White House.

    Now, with Biden? Reopen the country.

    Covid is real, and the Dems really used it to inflict politically motivated pain. Your friends, Reason.

    Fuck off, Reason.

    1. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/all-hail-reopening

      Washington, D.C. will resume indoor dining.

      Maryland’s governor has decided that the state needs to reopen schools now and no later than March 1.

      Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan says Michigan restaurants can reopen for indoor dining on February 1. Her health adviser decided to resign. Let us hope it is the beginning of many.

      Chicago’s mayor is now demanding an immediate opening of restaurants and bars. Chicago is also threatening teachers unions that they must return to work.

      New York Governor Cuomo has dramatically reversed his rhetorical course and demanded a reopening of the city. More announcements are expected in the coming days.

      California Governor Gavin Newsom, incredibly, has lifted all stay-at-home orders across the state and is permitting dining to open up. Many restaurants have defied orders for months now, and good for them. This new announcement shows that their defiance had an influence.

      Montana’s new governor has lifted some Covid restrictions.

      National Public Radio has decided to announce that the virus has peaked.

      The WHO is insisting that the PCR cycle threshold must change. If nations adjust, it should make a big difference in the case trend.

      1. CNN has removed the death tracker from its main page, while the New York Times has reported a 33% decline in new cases in the past two weeks. Plus, the Times, which arguably made the most profound contribution to the public panic over the virus, is finally reporting on the terrible carnage.

        In an incredibly heartbreaking article, the Times chronicles the unspeakable deaths of despair from young children denied schooling over the past year. It’s an absolutely shocking article, one that should echo unto the ages, given what happened this last year. It’s worth a read.

        1. More impressive is the tale that will never be told… the story of the rush to take advantage of a crisis to harm the economy and cause pain to the electorate in an effort to affect the “are you better off today than 4 years ago” question. Many state and local governments and many school districts clearly had this at the top of their priority list during 2020.

          1. It just shows that we have to get rid of the democrat party. To save ourselves

            1. Democrats are evil. But since there’s not another political party that is serious about defeating them, it looks like the Empire is in inevitable decline.

      2. Meanwhile, absolutely nothing has changed but the Prez.

      3. Nothing chnaged except they got rid of Trump, all of a sudden the pandemic isn’t so bad, go ahead, open up…What a difference a couple weeks make…NOT.. the hypocracy stinks to hi heaven. If they wonder why people will not vote for a Democrat take a look.

        1. It’s not the votes that count, it’s who counts the votes.

      4. But then everybody in related fields knew the behavior of respiratory viruses: Seasonal with latitude dependencies, too contagious to be effectively countered with masks, antibodies do go away but B & T cells retain memory, Gompertz behavior, etc.

        All of this is known to the experts in the field, including the issues with PCR tests (Ct and testing of the asymptomatic) and contact tracing in a large country with many access points for a highly contagious respiratory virus is impossible.

    2. But the mean tweets stopped. Unless you count liberal Twitter. The mean tweets from one person stopped. That’s what matters.

  6. Incompetent Government kills people.

    FTFY Andy

    1. Is government ever competent? It’s possible to be less incompetent than Cuomo, Whitmer, and other Democrats, but competent government is never more than a momentary condition.

  7. Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID.

    This is how you troll!

  8. The Javits Center was set up to treat 2,500 patients at once using the National Guard in response to Cuomo demanding federal help. The hospital ship Mercy was sent over as well as a tent hospital set up in Central Park by Christian doctors and nurses.
    When the Javits treatment center was shut down in May, it had treated a total of 1,100 patients, with the hospital ship treating about 150. New York City politicians shut down the Central Park facility because Christians are not sufficiently careful of gay rights.
    What Cuomo is really saying is that Trump allowed him to ship ill patients back to nursing homes. Trump also allowed any other governor do do so as well, but only Cuomo chose to do so.
    “It is his fault because he should have stopped me.”

    1. He is not alone. A handful of (D) governors took the same path.

      1. Unsurprisingly, they still dominate the death rates. NY, NJ, MI, PA, MA, IL — IIRC

    2. Of all the things one can fault Trump for, failing to curb-stomp Cuomo in all the years they’ve known each other is pretty high up there.

      -jcr

      1. Dude. Anyone with barbell nipple rings is way too tough to be curb-stomped.

  9. Joe Biden was so impressed with transgender Rachel (formerly Richard) Levine’s performance forcing PA nursing homes to accept covid patients (while removing his/her own mother from a nursing home), where half of all PA covid deaths have occurred, that he appointed him/her to be Assistant Secretary of DHHS (although Biden may have just wanted to smell Levine’s hair).

    PA’s vaccine distribution program has also become a disaster, as Gov Tom Wolf (who has imposed many different unscientific, unconstitutional and disastrous lockdowns since March, all of which primarily targeted and harmed Republican owned businesses) has greatly expanded the criteria for receiving a covid vaccine from healthcare workers and people over 65 to now include anyone who is obese or who claims to be a cigarette smoker (as no tar or nicotine testing is required for verification).

    Since 50% of PA adults are either obese or a smoker, the state’s 15% of people over the age of 65 and people with high risk comorbities (who are at greatest risk of dying or being hospitalized by covid) are now having difficulty obtaining a vaccine.
    https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-defends-moving-smokers-to-top-covid-vaccine-priority-group/

    1. …while removing its his/her own mother…

      FTFY

    2. “although Biden may have just wanted to smell Levine’s hair”

      Ummm. Intersex hair…it’s what’s for dinner.

    3. A note: the latest news out of Europe is that smokers are at reduced risk from covid 19 compared to non-smokers. Counterintuitive, but that’s why you do the science instead of MSU.

      https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/smoking-and-covid-19

      1. We’ve known that the data has been pointing in this direction since April. I’m sure it’s caused many a potted plant to be hurled against many a wall at the CDC HQ.

  10. The evidence is overwhelming. Cuomo is a full-blown sociopath.

    And fuck Phil Murphy.

    1. Phil Murphy?!? Not if I was using YOUR genitals!!!

      1. Maybe the lust murder prosthetic from ‘Seven’.

    2. Cuomo is a full-blown sociopath.

      I wonder how much of his odious personality is due to being raised by a scumbag politician himself?

      If Mario had been faced with the same circumstances, I have no doubt that he would have been just as willing to murder old folks for no reason just like his mass-murdering offspring did.

      -jcr

  11. I don’t even know why we bother commenting on articles like this. At this point the politicians are roasting themselves better than we ever could.

  12. “‘Incompetent Government Kills People,’ Says Andrew Cuomo Unironically”

    He’s been spying on Newsom and CA.

    1. For all the criticism that Newsom gets…. he has handled it better than Cuomo by a mile.

      1. “Better than Cuomo .” Well, damn, THAT’S a high bar!

  13. This guy is either completely ignorant or in denial. Neither is a good look for a governor of a state.

    1. If Cuomo wants to see incompetence, he need go no further than the nearest mirror.

  14. As long as it’s the right people who cares?

  15. Cuomo is a greater hypocrite than Biden. And that takes a real talent.

  16. Gov. Cuomo must be held criminally liable for the 8,700 Wuhan covid deaths in NYC area nursing homes. On March 14, 2000, he signed an edict requiring NYC area hospitals to discharge covid patients to area nursing homes. As a result, thousands of these nursing home residents came down with the virus and died.

    The Governor has stated that incompetent government and Donald Trump are responsible for the covid mismanagement.
    Like a typical politician, Cuomo blames everyone else except himself.

    This man must be removed from office and held criminally responsible for the needless deaths and mismanagement.

    1. As of this moment, the death toll in New York stands at 42,434.

      Everywhere else in the country (and the developed world), somewhere between 40 and 60% of deaths are nursing home deaths. At the low end, that would put New York nursing home deaths at 16,973. Since they took the extraordinary measure of forcing people with active cases of Covid 19 into nursing homes, one would expect them to be at the high end of the spectrum, rather than the low end. This would put the nursing home death toll at 25,460 or more.

      For a sense of scale, this is equivalent to the 25,832 death toll for the entire state of Florida, a state that is more populous by a couple of million people. And while we are on the topic, I’ll note that the Biden administration has taken to holding DeSantis and Florida out as an example of terrible management of the Covid 19 response. A state with half of the deaths of the smaller New York, and a state with a much older and more vulnerable population due to all of the retirees who settle there.

      This is how bad the lie is. This is how much propaganda is out there. Cuomo is literally the angel of death, and DeSantis is literally at the top of the list for handling Covid. Yet the Biden White House, the media and even Cuomo are preaching the opposite.

      1. Takes a firm belief that the masses will not bother to question anything when one’s lies are easily countered with publicly available data but the lies go on unabated.

  17. Cuomo weathered heat during much of the spring and summer for a directive that many say directly contributed to the state’s stratospheric number of nursing home deaths.

    1. No he didn’t. At least, not anywhere that counts. Us idiots in the Reason comments had plenty to say, myself included, but the national press has been praising him without interruption, and he has never faced any “heat”. Hell, they gave him a damned Emmy award, for crying out loud. In fact, the only “heat” he ever got was for praising president Trump for his fast and comprehensive response. Lesson learned, he pivoted immediately to irrational grenade throwing – and earned an Emmy.

    2. ‘Many say’? Good lord. I know that any critique of anyone of the left has to be couched in careful terms and surrounded by twice as many acknowledgements of just how much worse the Republicans are, but please, that’s nonsense. “Many say…” Holy crap. Grow a pair. It is inarguable that sending people infected with Covid 19 to live in a nursing home is going to put those people at risk. The fact that New York is the only state in the union reporting nursing home deaths at under 30% of total deaths is an admission of guilt. It is an utter impossibility, and you don’t need to find an anonymous “many people” to say it.

    1. Yes, they gave him an emmy.
      For crying out loud.

      1. Should’ve given him an Enema instead.

        Which, in Cuomo’s case, would’ve been fatal.

    2. Well said.

      And Bunion is shamefully gutless with his “Many say” bullshit, but this is apparently part of Reason’s style manual.

  18. “Cuomo weathered heat during much of the spring and summer for a directive that many say directly contributed to the state’s stratospheric number of nursing home deaths.”

    You bet he did:
    “Andrew Cuomo Accepts Emmy Award as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise”
    https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/11/andrew-cuomo-emmy-award

  19. So Cuomo is channeling Lily Tomlin’s character from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In?

    1. And that’s the truth – – – –

  20. And Cuomo is a prime example thereof, Incompetent Government.

  21. Cuomo = Box of Rocks.

    And anytime someone has to keep telling you that’s the truth you know he’s lying.

    1. Boxes of rocks aren’t malevolent.

      -jcr

      1. But, in a conspiracy with gravity, they can be deadly.

  22. The Cuomo brothers will go down as the “Serial Killer Brothers of NY”

    Fredo the older is the actual killer and Fredo the younger will go down as his enabler and partner in crime. These two may be found having dinner and loitering in the sewers of NY visiting mama Cuomo.

  23. When they asked for ventilators, the Trump administration should have sent them woodchippers. c/o Preet Bhahara.

    1. If they’d gotten the woodchippers early enough to have done some good, think of the lives that would’ve been saved!

      Trump’s fault, of course.

  24. [ USA PEOPLE COME HERE ONLY ]Make $6,000-$8,000 A Month Online With No Prior Experience Or Skills Required. Be Your Own Boss And Choose Your Own Work Hours.Thanks A lot Start here> JOB INFO

  25. Democrats do bad shit. Blame others.

    News at 11.

    1. News at 11? Nah. The media won’t cover it.

  26. fortunately he has only two sides of his mouth to talk out of. unfortunately the new america has an inability to call bullshit and a short span of attention AND is stupid. to give that jackass an emmy is the single most retarded shit i can imagine…that those awarding it were not lambasted is on US. stupid explains it all

  27. “People value the truth, … Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID.”

    Said the incomprehensibly incompetent and untruthful clown that under-reported C-19 deaths and increased C-19 deaths by sending infectious patients back into high density situations of the most at risk at nursing homes.

    Despite the nutty arguments that government was over-reporting C-19 deaths, the truth of its classic CYA under-reporting is now dripping out. Government is a least common denominator proposition, waiting for it or relying on it to do enough to take care of you and yours or it to tell the truth about the vastness of its failures will reduce you and yours to that least common denominator.

  28. And he will no doubt be re-elected by the voters of New York.

    The Republic has died of stupid, but the Zombie Empire that replaced it will lurch on for a while.

  29. I loved this post very informative and useful! Thanks for sharing such kind of useful stuff.
    You have explained each step very well. keep it up.
    If you are really interested to watch The fight between Mayweather vs Logan Paul Live Online which will be air in February 2021.
    You can watch the fight free between Mayweather vs Logan Paul Live on here .
    Watch Live : https://mayweathervsloganfight.com/
    Don’t miss the chance to watch this exciting fight between Mayweather vs Logan Paul.

  30. ‘Incompetent Government Kills People,’ Says Andrew Cuomo
    Hey Cuomo finally got something right, his governing proves ‘Incompetent Government Kills People,

  31. until I looked at the check of $7869 .READ MORE

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.