Moments ago, Fox News broke a new bombshell report that embattled NY Governor Cuomo directed NY health officials to prioritize COVID-19 testing for his relatives.
Cuomo’s brother, mother and one of his sisters were among those who allegedly received priority tests.
The bombshell reports as Cuomo is already being accused by 8 women of sexual harassment, including multiple former aides.
Cuomo also faces a nursing home data cover-up scandal and is facing calls from both Republicans and Democrats to resign.
“It’s being a little bit distorted with like a devious intent. … We made sure to test people they believed were exposed,” an official in Cuomo’s office said according to the Times Union “All of this was being done in good faith in an effort to trace the virus.”
Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the Cuomo called the report alleging preferential treatment an “insincere efforts to rewrite the past.”
“In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing — including in some instances going to people’s homes, and door-to-door in places like New Rochelle — to take samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones,” Azzopardi said. “Among those we assisted were members of the general public, including legislators, reporters, state workers and their families who feared they had contracted the virus and had the capability to further spread it.”