Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is working relentlessly to regain the general public’s respect — whilst he refuses to confess, not to mention apologize for, even his most horrific sins.
In a radio interview final week, for instance, he spent an hour making excuses for his quite a few abuses as governor, denying allegations in opposition to him and claiming he has no “regrets.”
He dismissed state Attorney General Letitia James’ findings that backed sexual-harassment charges in opposition to him from 11 separate ladies as simply “a political report.”
Those revelations forced him to quit to avoid impeachment — just because the Democrats who management the Legislature couldn’t ignore them as they’d his different misdeeds.
No. 1 on that is definitely his order, early within the pandemic, sending COVID-positive patients to live among seniors at nursing homes, the very individuals most weak to COVID.
That transfer, an Empire Center examine later discovered, led to not less than “a number of hundred” and “presumably greater than 1,000” fatalities.
Yet that information got here far too late as a result of Team Cuomo went to nice lengths to conceal the care-home death toll.
Meanwhile, information of the outrageous order itself (damaged by The Post’s Bernadette Hogan) pressured Cuomo to rescind the directive.
Even then, he performed it sanctimonious: “We’re simply not going to ship an individual who’s [COVID-]constructive to a nursing house after a hospital go to. Period,” he stated, six weeks after he’d mandated simply that.
In explaining each the order and the coverup, Cuomo has pointed fingers at then-President Donald Trump, politics, his Health Department, nursing houses, their staffs, and (as he put it within the interview) “the most effective medical professionals on the globe” who feared an “overload” at hospitals for the catastrophe.
He himself, after all, was completely innocent.
No point out, for instance, of the huge donations he’s acquired for many years from the state’s hospital business.
Adding to the obscenity right here, the coverup of the dying toll got here whereas Cuomo was negotiating what wound up as a $5 million deal to write down a guide about his supposedly sterling COVID management and as he eyed a White House run.
And he rammed the guide deal straight previous the state’s ethics panel (getting a workers memo as OK, moderately than a correct board vote).
Then he violated the phrases of that “permission” by illegally utilizing aides — i.e., state employees — to assist draft the tome.
New York, by the best way, wound up with each one of many nation’s heaviest lockdowns and extra COVID deaths per capita than all however 14 different states.
Incidentally, a serious theme in Cuomo’s quest for renewed relevance has been blasting fellow Democrats as mushy on crime.
The downside is, as gov., he signed into regulation the insane 2019 “legal justice reforms” (together with the no-bail regulation) that sparked the statewide rise in crime.
In the town, these reforms fueled a 32% spike in main felonies — 48% for murders alone — from 2018 to 2022.
Which leaves him pretending the “reforms” had been nice. What’s wanted, he claimed in that interview, are “police who should not afraid to do their job.”
Asked about operating for workplace once more, Cuomo says “All choices are open,” which means he’s determined for the prospect.
The smartest thing he may do for New York is to confess the choices are closed and simply go away. For good.