Though the mainstream media and Democrats are continuing to (falsely) paint NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as a magnificent leader who boldly steered his state through the choppy waters of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is determined to set the record straight.
Stefanik appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss the investigation Cuomo has called for into a recent high school drive-in graduation ceremony after which 5 people became infected with the virus. One of the people infected traveled to NY from Florida, and the other four people were diagnosed with it after allegedly coming in contact with that person. Before we get to Stefanik’s comments, here are a few more specifics on the cases in question:
The Governor directed the NYSDOH to investigate the potential of COVID-19 exposure associated with a Horace Greeley High School drive-in graduation ceremony held on June 20 at Chappaqua Train Station in Westchester County. An individual who had recently traveled to Florida and attended the ceremony subsequently began showing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.
Since then, four more individuals who attended the ceremony and had contact with the first positive case have also tested positive. All individuals who have tested positive are currently self-isolating. In addition to the graduation ceremony, the student participated in a non-school related “Field Night” event on June 20, which was also attended by juniors and seniors and students from surrounding school districts. Individuals who attended the graduation ceremony, Field Night event, or events associated with graduation, which continued into June 21, should extend their quarantine period until July 5th.
During her Fox News interview, Stefanik noted that while she agreed that contact tracing needed to be done in order to isolate the cases, it was hypocritical for Cuomo to be seen as picking on high school students when he himself was unwilling to be held accountable for the nursing home scandal which has seen over 6,000 die in New York nursing homes and assisted living facilities:
“What I think is the height of hypocrisy is the fact that Gov. Cuomo is demanding an investigation into this individual. High school graduation is an important milestone,” Stefanik told “Fox & Friends.” “The reason why it is hypocritical is because the governor refuses to be held accountable for the thousands and thousands of seniors who lost their lives because of the failed and fatal nursing home policies.”
Stefanik also pointed out that Cuomo has blamed everyone but himself for the executive order he put in place on March 25th forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients:
“He’s not just blamed the federal government,” Stefanik said. “He’s blamed journalists, he’s blamed the New York Post, he’s blamed health care workers, he’s blamed the seniors, he’s blamed President Trump, he’s blamed Republicans in Congress.”
Stefanik also continued to press for an independent investigation into Cuomo’s actions, and urged that the investigation not be done by Cuomo’s political allies like New York attorney general Letitia James.
🚨New York State’s failed & fatal nursing home policy cost thousands of seniors’ lives. Gov. Cuomo continues to disrespect grieving families by pointing fingers & refusing accountability. There is bipartisan outcry for an independent investigation. WATCH on @foxandfriends 👇 pic.twitter.com/ianEU1DEUW
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) June 29, 2020