On Monday, New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed that legislators in the state Assembly and Senate were told about a Justice Department “pause” in responding to lawmakers’ requests for nursing home data. That claim was roundly denounced by New York state Democratic legislators, one of whom called Cuomo’s claim “despicable.”
Concerning the “pause,” Cuomo stated:
This past year, there was a toxic political environment and everything gets politicized and there’s political spin and then there are facts — two very different things and I just want to be sure people have facts. Last August, Department of Justice sent a letter to Democratic governors, four of them: New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania asking for information on public nursing homes. New York State Legislature also sent a letter asking for information on nursing homes. We paused the State Legislators’ request while we were finishing the DOJ request.
We told both houses, the Assembly and the Senate, that
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