New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in yet another coronavirus news briefing that he believes “Santa’s gonna be very good to me, I can tell.”
“So, healthy holiday and I’m gonna have a good one. Santa’s gonna be very good to me, I can tell. I worked hard this year. Social distance, wear a mask. Be smart, be smart,” the Democratic governor said during the Monday briefing.
Cuomo closed the briefing with an unsettling joke that Santa Claus had also requested a “waiver” from the state’s travel quarantine restrictions, which the Department of Health “granted.”
Although Cuomo is apparently quite pleased with himself and the work he’s done this year, the Daily Caller counters his self-assessment with a reminder of the governor’s dubious handling of nursing homes within the state amid the pandemic.
Back in May, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported that New York had undercounted coronavirus deaths from nursing homes in the early months of the pandemic.
In July, The Associated Press reported that State officials said New York hospitals sent over 6,300 recovering COVID-19 patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic as part of a disastrous policy that was later changed—although officials insisted that this was not the reason for New York becoming the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.
On the other hand, Cuomo also enforced stringent closures and restrictions on both indoor and outdoor dining, a move that restaurant associations predict will cripple the industry for years to come, according to the Daily Caller.
The day after Cuomo’s controversial Santa remark, the Daily Caller asked Richard Azzopardi, senior advisor to Cuomo, about his failed nursing home policy and forced restaurant closures.
“That’s trash even for your organization,” Azzopardi told the outlet. “Merry Christmas.”
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