Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has been highly criticized for his failures in managing the nursing home situation that plagued New York. It is now reported that one of Cuomo's top aides had privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding some of the nursing home death toll data so federal prosecutors could not use it against them, as reported in a breaking news story by NY Post.

It was Melissa DeRosa, a Secretary to Governor Cuomo, who admitted to being on a video chat conference call with Democrats and said that they "froze" and wasn't sure what information they would give out in the event that an investigation took place, and mentions former President Donald Trump turning the nursing home situation into a "political football."

“He [Trump] starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

In addition to attacking Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, DeRosa said, Trump “directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us.”

And basically, we froze,” she told the lawmakers on the call.

“Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”

DeRosa suggests that Trump's politicization and call for an investigation into them played a huge role in how they handled things. DeRosa was then hoping that people would understand the context of the situation and appears to be apologetic for how Cuomo's administration managed the nursing home situation in New York.

DeRosa said, "so we do apologize... I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans."

Except, DeRosa's sympathetic admission was not taken well by everyone. NY Post reports that Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) had not been thrilled, effectively rejecting DeRosa's statement.

Gottfried apparently said, “I don’t have enough time today to explain all the reasons why I don’t give that any credit at all."

Gottfriend apparently wanted all the data back in August.

DeRosa takes another sweltering and unhappy response from Democratic State Senate Aging Committee Chairwoman Rachel May, who said, "and the issue for me, the biggest issue of all is feeling like I needed to defend — or at least not attack — an administration that was appearing to be covering something up... And in a, in a pandemic, when you want the public to trust the public-health officials, and there is this clear feeling that they’re not coming, being forthcoming with you, that is really hard and it remains difficult.”

Meteorologist Janice Dean lost two in-law grandparents in New York nursing homes and wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to be held accountable, perhaps even jailed for the way he mismanaged the situation.



Meghan McCain referred to Cuomo as a "ghoul" and asked how it's not illegal for them to withhold data:



Meanwhile, here is Gov. Cuomo's latest briefing: