Cuomo's office won't share correspondence with the U.S. Justice Department
Brendan J. Lyons reports in the Times Union that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office won't make public its correspondence with the U.S. Justice Department about the administration's handling of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The governor's office refused the Times Union's request for copies of its correspondence with the Justice Department, saying they were "compiled for law enforcement purposes" and the disclosure "would ... interfere with law enforcement investigations." Cuomo had earlier suggested they might be released. Previously, on Feb. 10, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa and other administration members met with leading Democratic lawmakers and DeRosa admitted Cuomo's office had withheld releasing full data on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes because of their concerns about the Justice Department inquiries. That was when just the Trump administration was investigating Cuomo's nursing home policies. Now the FBI and U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York are investigating. On Feb. 19, Cuomo said his administration had provided "truthful information" to the Justice Department and that it "is a lie to say any numbers were inaccurate." Cuomo's office also has not released copies of any subpoenas that have been served on the administration in connection with the federal investigation. In January, Attorney General Letitia James' office released a report that Cuomo's policies may have increased the risk of COVID-19 infections at congregate facilities. Read more about this story in the Times Union.