This afternoon, Assemblyman Ron Kim issued the following response to Governor Cuomo's attacks against him in today's press conference:
"On March 25th, the governor issued an executive order that sent COVID-19 positive patients into unprepared nursing homes. At the same time, he surreptitiously slipped legal immunity into our state budget bill for hospital executives and for-profit nursing homes at the request of powerful lobbyists like the Greater New York Hospital Association — a group that donated $1.25 million towards his campaign. All while his administration lied about the data.
This administration was grossly under-reporting nursing home deaths by as much as 50 percent and withholding information about the situation to federal and state officials — a move that benefited the same healthcare donors helping his campaign over the years.
As legislators we have a duty to uncover the truth behind the nursing home deaths and the governor's explanations do not add up. While he claims he was taking time to answer the Justice Department, we saw him gallivant around on a book tour and victory lap across prime time cable shows. Again, all while his top aide deliberately hid the information in fear of political and legal consequences.
The governor can smear me all he wants in an effort to distract us from his fatally incompetent management. But these facts are not going away because they are the facts — unacceptable facts that hold him accountable."