With the help of New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Cuomo used his position of privilege to prioritize his own family over the New Yorkers he is paid to serve. Brother Chris Cuomo of fake news empire CNN was among the first in New York to receive a Chinese virus test last spring, along with his mother and at least one of his sisters.
Some of Cuomo's family members received multiple tests, we now know, and Chris, aka "Fredo," was tested at his home in Long Island. The Cuomo family's tests were referred to in communications as "critical samples," which indicated that they needed to also be processed ahead of those submitted by the unwashed masses.
Other well-known figures and friends of Cuomo who received Wuhan flu tests before everyone else include Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with his wife; Patrick Foye, head of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authorities and his wife; and other unnamed media members and state legislators.
Just like he is doing with the rape and sexual assault allegations levied against him, Cuomo fully denies that he did anything wrong by giving his family preferential treatment over other New Yorkers. Richard Azzopardi, Cuomo's top adviser, says any suggestions otherwise are "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 is quoted as saying.
"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."
When pressed for comment from Zucker and Eleanor Adams, an epidemiologist who reportedly tested Chris for Chinese germs, the New York State Department of Health said no statement would be given.
Instead, spokesman Gary Holmes tried to turn the situation around on Cuomo's accusers by accusing them of being in the wrong simply for asking questions. This is a common tactic of abusers and manipulators who try to convince their victims that they did something wrong.
"You're asking professionals who took an oath to protect a patient's privacy to violate that oath and compromise their integrity," Holmes is quoted as saying.
"More than 43 million New Yorkers have been tested, and commenting on any of them would be a serious violation of medical ethics. We've built a nation-leading testing infrastructure to ensure that anybody who needs a test could get one. That work continues today."
Meanwhile, at least eight women have come forward with claims that Cuomo sexually harassed or assaulted them, including numerous current and former aides. Cuomo has been asked to resign, but the chronic abuser has indicated that he has no plans to remove himself voluntarily.
There are also many unanswered questions concerning Cuomo's mishandling of nursing home patients, whom he deliberately intermixed with elderly folks who had tested "positive" for the Chinese virus. Many of these nursing home patients died at the hands of Cuomo, who has yet to face justice for his crimes.
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